Indiana downed by Wisconsin
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Despite a second half rally, the Indiana women's soccer team fell to Wisconsin 5-2 on Sunday afternoon at Armstrong Stadium.
The loss drops the Hoosiers to 7-3-1, 2-2-1 in the Big Ten, while the Badgers improved to 8-3-1, 2-3-1 in the conference.
"We had no intensity today, even in our warm-ups," said head coach Mick Lyon. "You cannot put yourself in that kind of hole. At halftime we didn't really talk about `x's' and `o's, we mostly talked about changing our attitude."
Wisconsin jumped out to an early 1-0 lead with a goal at 16:38. The Badgers then took a 2-0 with a score in the 26th minute.
IU tried to answer late in the first, but freshman Lindsay McCarthy's shot was just snared by Wisconsin goalie Lynn Murray twisting as she fell to the ground.
"It was just that kind of day for us," said Lyon. Just a real tough day."
Indiana would not give up mounting a rally in the second period. The Hoosiers cut the lead to one on sophomore Missy Vierling's goal from 15 yards out in the 57th minute.
Nearly three minutes later Wisconsin would regain a two-goal lead adding a score at 59:30.
Once again the Hoosiers rallied to cut the score to one, 3-2. Sophomore Megan Pipkens' took a long feed from freshman Jenna Babcock and streaked down the field to put it past Murray in the 66th minute.
IU went on the offensive again late in the game. Senior Kim Grodek saw her header hit the crossbar at 75:13. Then at 79:30, Pipkens was just inside the box and about to take a shot when a Badger defender was able to knock the ball away.
Wisconsin would put away the game with goals at the 84:27 and the 89:14 mark.
"To our credit, we battled and tried to make it a game," said Lyon. "You can not give up that many goals and expect to win."
Indiana will be back in action on Friday, Oct. 8, as the Hoosiers host Michigan State. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.
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