Hoosiers Fall Despite Strong Second Half
September 28, 2003
Bloomington, Ind.- The Indiana womens soccer teams second consecutive upset bid fell short despite a strong second half effort. The Hoosiers dropped a 2-1 decision to the 13th-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions. The Hoosiers fall to 3-6 on the season and 1-3 in Big Ten play, while Penn State improves to 8-2-2, 2-1 in conference play.
Indiana came out hungry in the second half and put the pressure on Penn State. Six minutes into the second stanza, freshman Ali Brown placed a corner kick into the six-yard box. Sophomore Kristen Zmijewski was on the receiving end as she headed the ball into the right corner of the Nittany Lion goal cutting the Penn State lead to 2-1. The goal was Zmijewskis second on the season and the assist was the second point of Browns Hoosier career.
"We came out flat in the first half of the game, but came out with more energy in the second half," said head coach Mick Lyon. "There is no doubt we earned their respect, we looked agressive and went out and played more soccer in the second half. I thought Kim Grodek did a great job of shutting down their biggest scoring threat, Joanna Lohman."
The Hoosiers continued to pressure dominating the field and possession for most of the second half. During the second frame, Indiana out shot the 13th-ranked Lions, 6-4. The Hoosiers also had six corner kicks in the second half to none for Penn State.
The Hoosiers had opportunities down the stretch. With a little over 10 minutes remaining, sophomore Ryan Hanley took a shot from just right of the six-yard box, but the ball found the right side of the net. With under two minutes remaining freshman Carrie Defreece had a shot from 25-yards out that just went wide. The shot came off a corner kick that was headed out of the box.
Penn State came out of the locker room and took control early. Just 2:17 into the game, Sarah Dwyer was in perfect position to register the Nittany Lions first goal. Dwyer took a pass from Tiffany Weimer and put it into the lower right corner past Indianas freshman keeper Stacy Van Boxmeer.
The Lady Lions took a two-goal advantage with only 13 seconds remaining on the first half clock. The Hoosiers attempted to clear the ball, but Penn States Stephanie Smith deflected ball forward. Weimer was in position, took the pass and one-timed a shot past Van Boxmeer into the right side of the net. Penn State out shot the Hoosiers 11-1 in the first half of play.
Van Boxmeer had a solid effort for the Hoosiers as she stopped a career-high five saves in almost 72 minutes of action.
The Hoosiers will be back in action on Friday, Oct. 3 when they travel to Iowa City to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes at 7:00 p.m. Indiana will also play at home next weekend, when they host Marshall on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 2:00 p.m.