IU Ties No. 24 Illinois
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Senior captain Kim Grodek scored her seventh goal of the season in dramatic fashion as the Hoosiers forged a 1-1 tie at No. 24 Illinois on Sunday afternoon.
Grodek's goal came at 89:45 of the second period sending the contest into overtime, where both teams would go scoreless.
With only 20 seconds left in the game, the Cream and Crimson packed the box for their final scoring opportunity. Sophomore Megan Pipkens started the game-tying play with a throw in using her patented flip throw. The throw ricocheted off junior Kristin Zmijewski who then fed the pass to Grodek for the late goal.
At that point we had nothing to lose so we just set up a play where we had everyone around the box," said head coach Mick Lyon. " Grodek, who I thought had an exceptional game, was there for the goal. She was so close with a couple of shots today, as well as in the past few games, so it was good to see her score."
Indiana outshot Illinois 25-19 on the day, including a 15-9 edge in shots on goal. The IU defense was at its best in overtime, where the Hoosiers allowed just three shots, one on goal, in the extra 20 minutes of play.
"I felt our defense played well for the most part," said Lyon. "Just like Friday, their goal came off a set play, and we have to do a better job recognizing and reaction to set plays."
Illinois got on the board at the 30:24 mark of the first period. Sarah Brown recorded the goal off of a throw in by Tara Hurless.
Junior goalkeeper Lauren Fabbro kept the high-scoring Fighting Illini at bay after that, finishing with seven saves on the day.
Offensively Grodek registered eight shots, five on goal, while Pipkens recorded an assist and seven shots, six on the net
"We are playing good soccer right now," said Lyon. "With just s few breaks we could have easily took home six points this weekend instead of one."
With the tie IU clinched a spot in the Big Ten Tournament. The top eight teams in the conference receive an automatic bid to the postseason event, held at Ohio State from Nov. 3-7.
Indiana returns to action on Friday, Oct. 22, as the Hoosiers travel to West Lafayette for a showdown with rival Purdue. Game time is set for 3 p.m.
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