Hoosiers Blank Iowa
September 19, 2004
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Senior Kim Grodek`s goal at the 47:34 mark was all the Indiana women's soccer team needed, as the Hoosiers blanked Iowa 1-0 on Sunday afternoon at Armstrong Stadium. With the win IU improved to 6-1-0, 2-0-0 in the Big Ten.
"There are no easy games in the Big Ten," said head coach Mick Lyon. "We played two tough games this weekend and we were able to come out with two wins so I am happy about that."
After a scoreless first half, coach Lyon changed his starting line up going with three new players for the second stanza. It paid off as the offense was able to create a few scoring opportunities. Grodek then took a pass from sophomore Ali Brown, and put it in the net just two minutes into play.
"I felt that we just needed a change out there," said Lyon. "I just saw a lack of energy out there for what ever reason, and as a coach you can try and motivate players, but you have to look around at your team and see who can generate some plays."
IU took control of the game right from the start, out shooting Iowa 16-3, including a 9-2 advantage in the first half. Iowa goalie Britta Vogele was able to keep the Hoosiers off the board in the first half, as the keeper made a couple of strong plays to keep her Hawkeyes in the game.
Once IU got the lead, the Hoosier defense was unstoppable holding Iowa to just one second half shot, not even on goal.
"We were able to limit them to just a few crosses today," said Lyon. "That is how well our backs are playing right now. We have a lot of depth with six defensive players so our rotation is crucial when someone gets tired, we are able to bring in another player and not lose a step."
Junior goalkeeper Lauren Fabbro won her sixth game of the year. The keeper posted her second shutout of the season stopping both shots she faced.
It is only the third time in school history that the Hoosiers have started out with two wins in conference play, The last time that occurred was in 1996, when IU defeated Ohio State and Michigan State 3-1 and 3-2, respectively.
"I think you have to look at the positives on the weekend," said Lyon. "Last year at this time we had two losses so it is definitely an improvement."
The Hoosiers will have a few days of practice before departing on one of their toughest road trips of the season. IU will travel to No. 5 Penn State on Friday, Sept. 24 and No. 22 Ohio State on Sunday, Sept. 26.
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