Bloomington, Ind. The Indiana womens soccer team fell to the ninth-ranked Michigan Wolverines, 2-0. The Hoosiers held the Wolverines scoreless in the first half, but could not pull the trick in the second.
We were without a doubt unlucky, said head coach Mick Lyon. For our performance, Im very, very happy. The key for us is the last ten minutes of the game, Michigan is doing everything they can to hang on because were applying the pressure.
Indiana came out big against U of M as freshman Kristen Zmijewski had a good scoring opportunity in the opening minutes of the game. Michigan goalkeeper Suzie Grech could not clear the ball, and Zmijewski came up with it. Grech came up with the save to nullify the Hoosier opportunity.
Hoosier keeper Shaunna Daugherty would not be outdone by her Michigan counterpart though. Daugherty came up with a big save of her own midway through the first half on a corner kick. Michigans Kate Morgan was able to briefly find her way through the Hoosier defense and took the pass off the corner, but Daugherty was up to the charge and corralled the shot.
Michigan entered the game, coming off a loss to No. 20 Purdue in West Lafayette. The No. 9 Wolverines were looking for redemption in Bloomington. On their two best scoring chances of the game, they found their way through the IU defense and past Daugherty.
At the 53:29 mark, the Hoosier offense found its way to the front of the Wolverine net and nearly had the first goal of the night. Shelly Gruszkas shot went just wide left as it appeared to toe the goal line. The Wolverines responded as Abby Crumpton ran the ball to the other end of the field. Crumpton couldnt get the shot off, dumping it into Michele Pesiri in front of the Hoosier goal. Pesiri pushed the ball to the right corner for the Michigan goal.
There was nothing in the game (before that first goal). It was a case of whoever makes a mistake, whoever gets a lucky break, gets the win, said Lyon.
U of M was not done, giving them an insurance goal in the 72nd minute. The Wolverines Kate Morgan tried a shot from the right side of the Hoosier box, Daugherty punched the opportunity up. The ball caromed off the cross bar and Michigans Stephanie Chavez put the ball into the net to put the Wolverines up 2-0. Daugherty had four saves on the night for the Hoosiers.
The Hoosiers will take to the field next weekend when they travel to Iowa to battle the Hawkeyes and Illinois to face the Illini. The Iowa game carries a 7:00 p.m. start time on Friday, while the Illinois game is Sunday at