Grodek Goes out in grand style
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's soccer team gave Kim Grodek a "Senior Day" to remember as the Hoosiers scored a season high four first half goals, and cruised to a 4-0 win over Butler on Friday night at Armstrong Stadium.
Grodek was also a key factor in the win as the senior midfielder went out in grand style with two goals and an assist on the night. She now has nine goals on the season and 22 points, both team highs.
"She is a real leader, both on and off the field," said head coach Mick Lyon. "She has done everything for us in her four years here."
The home and season finale victory put IU at 9-6-3 on the year, while Butler fell to 7-9-2.
The Hoosiers jumped on the Bulldogs early taking a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute of play. Grodek took a pass from freshman Lindsay McCarthy and put it in the upper right corner of the net from six yards out.
IU would notch its second goal nearly five minutes later. This time Grodek would feed a pass to a freshman, Kristen Radcliffe, and the forward put in a line drive shot from eight yards out at the 8:12 mark.
Grodek was back at it again just two minutes later. On a corner kick by sophomore Laura Lamping, Grodek was able to get in the box and put in her second goal of the game for a Hoosier 3-0 lead.
"It is a great way for senior day to end," said Grodek. "My team gave me a great memory here with the win today."
The Cream and Crimson would pad its lead to 4-0 as sophomore Megan Pipkens earned her fourth goal off the season. Pipkens was able to steal the ball from two Bulldogs and put it right past Butler goalie Katie Sanders for the score.
"We played with extreme emotion and aggression today," said Lyon. "We were ticked off today. We were angry because we feel we have played a lot better then what some of the results have been."
Junior goalkeeper Lauren Fabbro stopped two shots on the night in posting her sixth shutout of the year.
Indiana outshot Butler 18-4, including a 9-2 shots on goal advantage. IU also took six corner kicks, while blanking Butler in that category.
"You could not have asked for a better way to end the season and build momentum going into the Big Ten Tournament," said Lyon. "We just need to play with this kind of intensity every game."
Indiana will next compete in the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday, Nov. 4 at 10:30 a.m., as the Hoosiers, seeded eighth, will face top seeded Penn State in the first round of the postseason event. The conference tournament will be held from Nov. 4-7 at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of Ohio State University.
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