Pipkens' Goal gives Indiana a draw
September 26, 2004
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Sophomore forward Megan Pipkens' goal at 82:43 tied the game at one as the Indiana women's soccer team fought back to force a 1-1 tie at No. 29 Ohio State on Sunday afternoon.
IU moves to 6-2-1 (2-1-1) on the year, while Ohio State goes to 5-2-2, (1-0-2) on the season.
"It was kind of a battle-royal today," said head coach Mick Lyon. "It was a tough, physical game in front of a hostile crowd and we stayed focused and in the game."
Defense dominated the first half as both teams struggled to get into an offensive flow. IU limited Ohio State to just five shots, one on goal, but the Hoosiers attempted only three shots with two resulting in saves.
The Buckeyes struck first just three minutes into the second period. Junior Colleen Hoban was able to penetrate the box and put in a rebound just past Hoosier goalie Lauren Fabbro.
Ohio State seemed in control after that, outshooting Indiana 15-7 in the half, including nine shots on goal. When the Hoosiers did attempt a shot it came from far out as the Buckeyes registered three-team blocks in the period.
"Once again I think we are just not pulling the trigger enough," said Lyon. "We seem to be able to move the ball and create, but we are a bit hesitant on getting the shot off."
Fabbro would have her revenge as the keeper kept IU in the game with eight saves in the second period. The junior keeper made two terrific saves on OSU's Laura Dickenmann, twice getting her hands on a potential goal.
"Fabbro played well all weekend," said Lyon. "Ohio State runs a lot of sets by just shooting and then having people crash in the box, and she handled it great by clearing a lot of balls."
With just under eight minutes to go in the contest, the Cream and Crimson made one final push to tie the score. Following a shot by senior Kim Grodek, Pipkens was able to notch her second goal of the season, firing a shot to the right corner of the net from six-yards out.
"Pipkens has that kind of ability," said Lyon. "We needed to finish a shot and she was able to do that."
Indiana took control of the first overtime outshooting Ohio State 4-2 in the frame. Pipkens and freshman Suzie Teixeira had scoring opportunities turned away by OSU goalkeeper Emily Hanam as the contest moved into a second overtime.
Indiana would get off just one shot in the final period of play, but the defense would allow just three Ohio State attempts as the game ended in a 1-1 tie.
"This team showed a tremendous amount of character this weekend," said Lyon. "We went to two tough places and we played so well that I am disappointed to only come out with one point in the two games."
Fabbro ended the match with a career-high nine saves, one more then her previous high of eight that she posted in Friday's 1-0 loss at No. 5/10 Penn State. Ohio State outshot Indiana 25-15, but IU did post a 10-5 saves advantage in the game. The Hoosiers also attempted three more corner kicks then the Buckeyes, ending the game at a 6-3 mark.
Indiana returns home where the Hoosiers will open a four-game homestand. IU will next step outside its conference as the Cream and Crimson host Oakland University on Thursday, Sept. 30. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Armstrong Stadium.
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