Bloomington, Ind. There was a lot at stake in Sundays game between the Hoosiers and the Wildcats. Both teams were 3-4-1 coming into the battle and vying for an eigth place spot in the Big Ten conference. Kim Grodek was stellar, earning two goals for the Hoosiers for the second weekend in a row and Pipkens notched her fouth career goal as the IU blanked Northwestern, 3-0.
With the win, the Hoosiers move to 7-7-1 overall and 4-4-1 in conference play. While the Wildcats fall to 7-7-1 and 3-5-1 in the Big Ten.
The Cream and Crimson earned their, 1-0, lead at the 28:07 mark. Carly Everett was awarded an assist after she took a free kick 20 yards from the box. Grodek weasled her way into scoring position, enough to push the ball and past Northwesterns goalkeeper, Whitney Jones for her fifth goal of the season.
Grodek would not stop there. Just seven minutes later, another foul was drawn five yards outside the box and Grodek was called upon to take the kick. The junior midfielder came through again for the Hoosiers again as she wound up for a powerful kick and blasedt the ball into the back of the net. The ball bounced to the lower left and gave the Hoosiers a comfortable, 2-0, lead heading into the break.
My teammates have given me great balls, said Grodek. Carly had a great ball in there, it was perfect, right towards me. I barely had to do anything.
Megan Pipkens would give the Hoosiers even more of a cushion when she down right beat her opponent and then went one on one with Northwesterns goalkeeper Whitney Jones. The speedy freshman used her fancy footwork to move the ball past Jones and fired a shot right on target.
The Hoosiers were also successful in the game, due in large part to the Hoosier defense. Seniors Carly Everett, Erin Hesselbach and Emily Hotz gutted it out for the Hoosiers in the back, outhustling their opponents several times and never allowing the ball to get too close to their territory.
It was a physical contest, said head coach Mick Lyon. I think we played our best game. What we did was stop them from playing and that is always an important element to win games.
Stacey Van Boxmeer started in goal for the Hoosiers and earned two saves before coming out of the game due to injury. Shaunna Daugherty would take her place, earning the win and tallying four saves.
Jones played the entire 90 minutes in goal for the Wildcats, stopping four of Indianas shots.
The Hoosiers take the field again on Friday, Oct. 24, when they host intrastate rival the Purdue Boilermakers. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. and will be played at Armstrong Stadium.