Hoosiers Roll By Michigan State
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Two quick goals propelled the Indiana women's soccer team to victory as the Hoosiers defeated Michigan State 3-0 on Friday night at Armstrong Stadium.
With the win IU moved to 8-3-1, 3-2-1 in the Big Ten, while MSU fell to 8-5-1, 2-4-1 in the conference.
"We changed some things in training so that we were more prepared to play," said head coach Mick Lyon. "We did some things during the week to help us bring out our intensity, which was missing during the Wisconsin game."
Indiana came out on fire registering four of the first five shots of the contest. Sophomore Carrie DeFreece would get IU on the board at the 11:31 mark. Great Hoosier defense allowed her to get the ball just past midfield and she streaked down the left side, splitting two defenders before releasing a shot to the high right corner for her second goal of the season.
"We spent three hours preparing for this game because that is how important it was," said Lyon. "The first goal was very important, but the fact that we just came out and took it to them was the key to the game."
After Michigan State saw two shots sail high and wide of the net, freshman Kristin Radcliffe would notch Indiana's second goal just four minutes later. A scrum in front of the net allowed Radcliffe to take a pass from sophomore Ali Brown and put it just by Spartan goalie Erin Carlson at 15:53.
Indiana would take a 2-0 lead into a half that saw the Hoosier outshoot the Spartans 11-6, including a 6-1 advantage on shots on goal.
The Cream and Crimson put the game away in the 65th minute as junior captain Kristen Zmijewski tallied her first goal of the year. Zmijewski was just inside the 18-yard mark and took a feed from freshman Suzie Texeira for the score.
"We did a few different things in terms of personal and tactical moves," said Lyon. "We decided to switch her position so that she played in front of Ali (Brown and Kim (Grodek), and I think this allowed her to race forth, which is what she is used to, and she just really ran the show today."
The Hoosier defense swarmed the Spartans all night as IU held Michigan State to just 10 shots, three being on goal. Junior goalkeeper Lauren Fabbro made three saves for her fifth shutout of the year.
"I thought Fabbro played real well and made a few tremendous saves," said Lyon. "Our defense was bolstered by the return of Beverly Markwort, but I feel like everyone in the rotation did a good job of limiting their attack."
Indiana returns to the field on Sunday, Oct. 10, as the Cream and Crimson play host to the No. 21/22 Michigan Wolverines. Game time is set for 12 noon.
Game Notes: IU is now 8-2-2 against Michigan State, including a 4-1-1 mark in Bloomington...Zmijewski's goal was her first goal in just over a year dating back to her score against Marshall on October 5, 2003, a span of 21 games...Fabbros' five shutouts tie her with Shaunna Daugherty for the fifth most shutouts in a season...her five shutouts also tied her with Chrissy Heubi for the fifth most in school history...The Hoosiers defeated Michigan State 3-2 last year in Lansing, Mich.
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