Terre Haute, Ind. - The Big Ten regular season is over and it's a waiting game until the Big Ten Tournament begins on Nov. 7 in East Lansing, Mich. While they wait for the Conference tournament to begin, the Hoosier women's soccer team traveled to Terre Haute, Ind. to face the Indiana State Sycamores in the first-ever meeting of the two teams.
Indiana came from a 1-0 deficit in the first half to win 2-1 over Indiana State.
"Indiana State played a very spirited game and made it very difficult for us," said head coach Mick Lyon. "We had good perseverance and this serves as good preparation for the Big Ten Tournament, learning how to convert on scoring chances."
The Sycamores came out quick managing to score in the 28th minute when Indiana State's Claire Hemkens found the back of the net from just outside the box. IU played with a sense of increasing urgency as they headed into halftime down by a goal.
Just eight minutes into the second half, the Hoosiers began their way to victory when they tied the game on a goal from senior forward Jenny Mann. Mann headed the ball into the goal for her second goal and ninth point of the season. The assist came from Emily Hotz when she crossed the ball in from the top of the box and Mann was able to find the back of the Sycamore net.
IU was determined to take the win with them when they headed back to Bloomington and just three and a half minutes later, Kim Grodek battled past a host of Sycamore defenders, keeping possession of the ball and crossing the ball into the middle of the box to Mann. Mann couldn’t get enough on the ball, but advanced the ball far enough so Shelly Gruszka got a chance of her own. Gruszka got her sixth goal and 14th point of the season when she booted the ball past ISU goalkeeper Carey Patton.
"I'm glad we came out with a win," said senior Jenny Mann. "It's good we get on a win-streak heading into the Tournament. That's really big for us. After the Purdue game we were more determined than ever to get two wins over in-state opponents, so this got us well on our way."
The Hoosiers wrap-up regular season play when they host Butler at Armstrong Stadium. Indiana will then travel to the Big Ten Tournament for the first time since 1998. The Hoosiers have virtually solidified a fifth-place regular-season conference finish with their conference mark of 4-4-2. Although the Tournament matchups cannot be determined until Purdue and Illinois face off on Nov. 3, it appears that IU will face Michigan State in the first round. The Hoosiers downed the Spartans 1-0 in a double overtime game at Armstrong Stadium on Oct. 11.