Bloomington, Ind.- The Indiana womens soccer team dominated the second half of action and cruised to a 4-0 victory over Marshall. The Hoosiers improve to 5-6 on the season with their second win of the weekend.
The Hoosiers scored four goals in a game for the first time since the final game of the 2001 season. In that game, the Hoosiers scored a 5-1 victory over Ohio.
We made a few mental adjustments at halftime, said head coach Mick Lyon. We laid the law down and told each of them how we wanted them to play. It felt really good to get four goals today. There was a lot more movement on the ball coming out of the locker room after the half, and I thought we played outstanding for those last 45 minutes.
Indiana was forced to play the match without senior midfielder and team captain Emily Hotz, who sat out the match due to the red card she was issued in Fridays game over Iowa. The Hoosier freshmen stepped up scoring two of Indianas goals and assisting on another. For the afternoon, the Hoosier freshman registered two goals, two assists and took nine of Indianas 16 shots.
After playing to a 0-0 tie in the first 45 minutes, Indiana got on the board just four minutes into the second half of play off a corner kick. Freshman Ali Brown placed the ball on the head of junior Kim Grodek, who put the ball into the right side of the net. The goal was Grodeks second on the season, while Brown assisted on her third goal.
The Hoosiers wasted little time scoring 10 minutes later. Again it was Brown helping the Hoosier cause. The Carmel, Ind., native dribbled the ball from 25 yards out past a defender. Once inside the 18-yard box, Brown shot the ball to the left corner past Marshal keeper Kai Nordness. The goal was the first of Browns Indiana career.
All year the coaches have been telling me I need to look to shoot more and take my open opportunities, said Brown. I saw that Vierling (Missy) and Megan (Pipkens) were making their runs and it looked like they were going to be offsides. So, I used them as a decoy and dribbled around the defense, shot it and it worked out.
Indiana stuck to the pattern and scored 10 minutes after the Brown goal. Fellow freshman Carrie DeFreece got her first goal, chipping the ball over the goalie to the far post and into the back of the net. Freshman Lauren Lamping broke free enough on the play to find DeFreece for the third Hoosier goal of the afternoon.
Sophomore Kristen Zmijewski added the final Hoosier goal. Off a corner kick, the Hoosiers had a shot in front that bounced off the Marshall keeper and off a Marshall defender. Zmijewski was able to deflect the ball into the net from right in front. The goal was her third of the season.
The Hoosiers out shot Marshall 16-3 on the afternoon, including a 9-2 advantage in the second half. Freshman goalkeeper Stacy Van Boxmeer registered the win for the Hoosiers in playing the second 45 minutes of action. Van Boxmeer had two saves for IU in the second half. Senior Shaunna Daugherty held the Thundering Herd scoreless in the first half as she picked up a save.
Indiana will travel to Michigan next weekend for two matches with Big Ten opponents. The Hoosiers will square off with Michigan on Fri, at 4 p.m. and Michigan State on Sunday, Oct. 12 at noon.