Bloomington, Ind.- Indiana women's soccer coach Mick Lyon has been waiting for this day since he was hired in June. And on Sunday, that moment came when his Hoosiers downed the visiting Minnesota Golden Gophers, 1-0, for their first Big Ten win of the season.
"The big thing out of the weekend was that the players really stepped up. It seemed as though their play said 'I'm proud of IU and I'm going to fight for IU,'" said head coach Mick Lyon.
In the 35th minute, senior forward Kate Kastl gave Indiana all the scoring they would need as she chipped the ball behind Minnesota goalkeeper from Karli Kopietz from 10 yards out. Senior midfielder Lisa Tecklenburg picked up her second assist in as many Big Ten games.
"I'm really glad that we got the win. We had a great weekend in scoring, too. The early points will really help us in the conference," said Kastl. "We have come so far in recognizing other teams weaknesses and we are learning to capitalize on those."
Kastl had another scoring opportunity midway through the second half, but this time her shot went wide. The St. Louis, Mo. native made a sliding stab at the ball inside the Gopher goal box, but the ball went just wide of the right post.
Freshmen Ryan Hanley and Robin Barker have become key players in the Hoosier playing strategy.
"When you have a freshman like Ryan who made a 35-yard run knowing that it was going to be a freight-train collision, it makes the other girls step up to the challenge," said Lyon. "Robin has become a real problem for other teams. She becomes a better player every training session, every time on the field."
Freshman speedster Kristen Zmijewski looked as though she would put the Hoosiers up early in the first half. Zmijewski got a pass from senior Kara Bryan on a breakaway, but the shot was stopped again by Minnesota's Kopeitz. Kopeitz kept the Gophers in the contest by making six saves.
IU goalkeeper Shaunna Daugherty once again came up big for the Hoosiers. Daugherty made six saves, with many of them coming from point-blank range inside the Indiana 18-yard box. The junior from Aurora, Ill. made eight saves on Friday night to preserve a 2-2 tie with Wisconsin.
"Shaunna has tightened up her game and become physically consistent in addition to being mentally tuned into the game," said Lyon.
The Hoosiers kept up their intense play from Friday by out-fouling Minnesota, 23-15. Indiana also took more shots on goal, 10-8, than did the Golden Gophers.
"We don't want to be rough, but we understand that this is a physical game. We showed discipline by getting up and getting on with the game and fighting hard," said Lyon.
IU will next take the field on Friday, September 27, when they travel to No. 8 and defending Big Ten Champion Penn State. The match will carry a 5:00 p.m. CST start time.