BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Hoosiers opened their Big Ten conference schedule under first year head coach Mick Lyon in dramatic fashion. In double overtime, Indiana battled to a 2-2 draw with conference rival Wisconsin in wet conditions. Just five hours prior to game time, south-central Indiana had a tornado outbreak as traffic stopped and homes and property in the surrounding areas were badly damaged. Bill Armstrong Stadium did not escape unscathed as damage was done to the public address system.
Despite the weather conditions, Friday night the Hoosiers came out and played a much faster-paced game than they have all season, thanks in large part to the shooting efforts of a talented offensive contingent. Five players had two shots each - Kristen Zmijewski, Emily Hotz, Kim Grodek, Carly Everett and Kristen Sprunger. Grodek and Sprunger were able to convert on their scoring opportunities, as Grodek's goal came early in the second half in the 56th minute while Sprunger found the back of the net just ten minutes later. Zmijewski and Hotz grabbed the assist on the Hoosiers' first goal while Kate Kastl and Lisa Tecklenburg dropped the ball in for Sprunger.
IU had come out looking for the win to start out on the right foot in conference play, but the way the team worked made the tie bearable.
"We're disappointed about the tie, but Wisconsin is a very good team," said Lyon. "We asked the girls at halftime for an extra 10 percent of hustle and I felt that they provided that."
The Badgers scored first, in the sixth minute of play on a cross that bounced into the upper left corner of the net by Sara Capel. The Hoosiers answered early in the next half with Grodek's goal - the first goal of her sophomore season after ending her freshman campaign with seven. Wisconsin would score again, this time from Amy Vermeulen in the 63rd minute, but Indiana clawed its way back to even the match two minutes later. Despite many quality scoring chances on both sides, the teams battled through double overtime to the draw.
Perhaps the most impressive action of the evening did not come in the middle of the park, nor in front of the Badgers net. It was the defensive effort by Hoosier goalkeeper Shaunna Daugherty that was the highlight for Indiana Friday. Her eight saves kept IU composed in the back and gave them the opportunity to answer each of the Wisconsin goals.
"I think a tie is very positive for us entering Big Ten play. We played as hard as we could and I think we wore them down in the end," said Daugherty. "We held our composure tonight and played with confidence. If we keep playing the way we played tonight, things will start falling our way."
"The first goal that got past Shaunna was unlucky. It was big for us that she remained focused though. She stepped up and made some great saves for us. As far as our shots on goal are concerned, I felt we did better than it showed on paper. Overall, I was pleased with our attacking plays tonight," said Lyon.
The Hoosiers return to action Sunday when they host the Golden Gophers of Minnesota. Game time is set for 1:30 p.m. CST with an autograph session to immediately follow the game on the playing field. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for children under 12, students get in free with a valid student ID.