Freshman Duo Lift IU Over No. 11 OSU
September 26, 2003
Bloomington, Ind. -- For weeks, the Indiana womens soccer team has been longing to play on their home field, Armstrong Stadium. They have been longing for a victory in the Big Ten in order to gain some respect as well. Tonight the Hoosiers accomplished just what they set out to do as Indiana rolled past No. 11 Ohio State, 1-0
Freshman Missy Vierling scored the games lone goal at the 81:33 mark on an assist from freshman Megan Pipkens.
The victory marked the first time the Hoosiers have beaten a ranked opponent since 1998 when they defeated No. 21 Wisconsin, 4-0 on October 2. The highest ranked team IU has ever beaten was back in 1998 as well, when the Hoosiers beat No. 9 Northwestern, 2-1 in overtime.
With the win, the Hoosiers improve to 3-5-0 overall and 1-2 in Big Ten play. Ohio State snapped its six game-winning streak and slipped to 6-1-1 (0-1-1) on the season.
The dangerous duo of Vierling and Pipkens were too much for the Buckeyes defense throughout the entire game. Pipkens used her fancy footwork and quick speed to blow by two of the Buckeyes defenders with just under nine minutes to play and pushed the ball up to Vierling who was anxiously waiting to tap the ball in the net. The goal marked Vierlings second. In addition, Pipkens earned her second assist on the season.
The goal was all Megan, said Vierling. She beat her two defenders and I happened to be in good position. It feels great to earn the shutout, especially over this team because they were ranked and my older sister used to play for them.
In order to add a spark to the defense, head Coach Mick Lyon made several lineup changes prior to the game to produce some more goal scoring opportunities.
We played tonight, the same way we have played for all seven games, we just got to have our dessert tonight, said Lyon. The different formation with three up front was helpful. I feel every player out there stepped up. We had zero errors and that is what is required to win at that level. They played tremendous.
Freshman goalkeeper Stacey Van Boxmeer played the full 90-minutes in goal, stopping one shot and earning her first career shutout.
The Hoosiers controlled the tempo of the game and didnt let up at any time. They out-shot Ohio State, 10-3, with four of their shots on goal.
Indiana returns to action on Sunday September 28 with another tough match against a ranked Big Ten opponent, No. 13 Penn State. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. and will be played at Armstrong Stadium.