Indiana Wins OT Thriller Over MSU, 3-2
October 12, 2003
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Grodek, who is no stranger to winning head balls over her opponents, came through for the Hoosiers just 5:03 into the game after fighting her way through to get a head on a ball passed in from Carrie DeFreece.
The Hoosiers however, knew their 1-0 lead so soon into the game, would not be enough. Sure enough, the Spartans would answer later in the first half, with two goals of their own to put them up 2-1. The first goal came from Erin Konheim at the 31:25 mark, and the second came just three minutes later from MSU’s Emma Harris at 34:36.
Grodek was too much for the Spartans defense and stuck again, scoring her fourth goal of the season in the 88th minute of regulation. Sophomore Robin Barker was awarded the assist.
With the game tied 2-2, both teams faught hard to earn that game-winning goal that would prevent overtime, but as the minutes ticked down, both were unsuccessful.
Head Coach Mick Lyon and the Hoosiers gathered for a quick huddle, and then stepped onto the field to being playing the first overtime, but the Hoosiers were not out there very long. Vierling stepped it up and blasted a shot on a pass from Emily Hotz that hit the far post, spun and went in. The goal came just 1:35 into the overtime period game and ended the game, giving the Hoosiers their sweet victory.
Shaunna Daugherty started and played the first half in goal, earning one save. Stacey Van Boxmeer played in the net for the remainder of the game, earning her fourth win of the season and recording two saves.
Coach Lyon said today’s performance was the best he has seen the team play all year.
“We were phenomal today, said Lyon. “The second half, we just pushed and pushed because we knew we were a better team then MSU. After Vierling’s goal it was all celebration because we knew we deserved to win.”
Indiana returns to action next weekend with two Big Ten matchups at home. On Friday, Oct.17 the Hoosiers go up against Illinois at 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday the Hoosiers face Northwestern at noon. Both games will be played at Armstrong Stadium.