Hoosiers Win Over Iowa, Despite Being Man Down
October, 3 2003
Iowa City, Iowa.-- Although the IU women's soccer team was down a player for a good portion of the second half, sophomore Robin Barker's game-winning goal at the 53:44 mark, was enough to push Indiana past Big Ten opponent Iowa, 1-0, Friday night at the Iowa Soccer Complex in Iowa City, Iowa. IU moves to 4-6-0 on the season and 2-3 in Big Ten Play. Iowa slips to 3-7-1 overall and 0-4-1 in the conference.
The game got heated in the as the clock neared 60 minutes, and senior Emily Hotz was issued a red card, forcing the Hoosiers to play a man down. But Barker would step it up and earn her first goal of the season on an assist from freshman Carrie DeFreece. DeFreece used her quick speed to blow by her defender on the right side, and was able to cross the ball into the middle where the ball tipped the head of an Iowa defender and Barker fired the ball into the back of the net.
"We beat a good Iowa team tonight," said head coach Mick Lyon. "Their defense was hard to break down, and we really gutted it out tonight. This was one of those tough games to deal with but we came out on top tonight."
The game got off to a slow start as both teams struggled to get themselves in scoring position. Indiana attempted seven shots and Iowa only attempted four in a scoreless first half. In the end, Indiana was out-shot 15-8.
The defense was stalwart and fought hard to protect senior goalkeeper Shaunna Daugherty in the net. Daugherty played the full 90-minutes in goal and made three remarkable saves. One of her best, came just four minutes into the second half. The ball smacked into the post and bounced back right in front of the goal where an Iowa forward would take a one time shot. The ball appeared to be on target, but Daugherty was quick to her feet and was able to dive and prevent the ball from going in her territory.
Assistant coach Sara Kloosterman was also pleased with the way the Hoosiers played.
"It was good to get points tonight. We really hung in there and were able to win balls in the back. This is one step closer to Madison," said Kloosterman.
The Hoosiers will return to their home field, Armstrong Stadium for a matchup with the Marshall Thundering Herd of W.V. on Sunday, Oct. 5. Game time is set for 2:00 p.m.