UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. Junior goalkeeper Lauren Fabbro posted a career-high eight saves, but that was not enough as the Indiana women’s soccer team was downed 1-0 by No. 5/10 Penn State on Friday night.
The loss drops the Hoosiers to 6-2 (2-1 Big Ten) on the year, while the Nittany Lions improve to 6-1-1, (2-0-0 Big Ten).
“It is a loss so you are disappointed, but I was happy with the way we played,” said head coach Mick Lyon. “A few years ago we got behind early and it looked like we didn’t belong on the same field as them, and tonight they were playing keep-away late in the game which shows us that they knew we could compete with them.”
Despite a record setting crowd at Jeffrey Field, the Hoosiers stood up to the challenge presented by one of the top teams in the country.
IU held Penn State scoreless in the first half, thanks in large part to Fabbro who made six saves in the stanza. Even though PSU out shot the Hoosiers 10-1 in the half, coach Lyon could see his team was prepared to play.
“They had a lot of shots but I would say that a majority of them were from outside. Fabbro made a couple of great saves for us, but overall our defense really played well.”
The Indiana defense did a better job of limiting Penn State’s offensive attack in the second half. After reaching double-digit shots in the first, the Nittany Lions were held to just four shots the rest of the way.
The game would remain scoreless for over 20 minutes in the second half until Indiana nemesis Tiffany Weimer got free on a breakaway. The forward notched her ninth goal on a low line drive that just got by Fabbro at 68:58.
“She is one of the top players in the conference as well as the country,” said Lyon. “We had a freshman in Beverly Markwort do a remarkable job of staying with her all game. She was a bit banged up but she was up to the challenge of guarding Weimer.”
PSU tried to add another goal late, but Fabbro was able to deflect an Amanda Lentz shot on goal at 75:24.
The Cream and Crimson returns to the field on Sunday, Sept. 26, as the Hoosiers travel to Ohio State. Game time is set for 1:30 p.m. (CST).