Indiana Gets Best of Butler, Wins 1-0
October 30, 2002
"It is amazing ending the regular season like this," Mann said. "I can't image going out any other way. We fought through every game we played. Tonight, we stayed with it and won. I am so glad that our senior season has gone this way."
The Hoosiers (10-6-2, 4-4-2 in the Big Ten) had a plethora of opportunities in the game, but didn't cash in until the 85th minute. Kastl sent a pass to the left, Mann took the pass and from eight yards out lifted the ball over Butler keeper Katie Sanders. The goal was Mann's third of the season and first game winner. She now has a total of 12 points on the year with six assists to go along with her three goals. Kastl registered her second assist of the season and 10th of her Hoosier career.
Indiana out shot the Bulldogs 17-5 on the night, but Sanders was up to the challenge for Butler making seven saves to keep the Bulldogs in the hunt.
With just under four minutes remaining in the first half, Kastl and Mann almost hooked up. Mann took a shot from 18 yards out forcing the Butler keeper to climb the ladder to make the save. She deflected the ball down and Kastl was there to get a foot on it, but the ball sailed just wide. Kastl and Mann both tallied three shots on the evening to lead the Hoosiers.
Indiana had two other prime scoring opportunities midway through the second half, but the Butler defense was there to deny the IU chances. With about 23 minutes remaining, freshman Kristen Zmijemski took to the ball past the Butler keeper and crossed to junior Shelly Gruszka. Gruszka got a foot on it, but a Butler defender forced her to shoot the ball wide.
Five minutes later, senior Kristen Sprunger almost got in the scoring column. Off a corner kick from sophomore Kim Grodek, Sprunger appeared to almost head the ball in the net, but once against Butler's Sanders was there to make the stop and a Butler defender cleared.
Butler wasn't without their opportunities, on two occasions the Butler offense found a way to sneak through the cracks only to push their shots wide. The best opportunity was a one-on-one between Indiana keeper Shaunna Daugherty and Butler's Rachel Pivarnik. Pivarnik took the pass and tried to slide the shot by Daugherty, but the ball wide just to the right of the Hoosier post.
Daugherty picked up her fifth shutout of the season by making three saves on the night. She now has 11 shutouts for her career, which places her third on the Hoosiers career shutouts list.
Indiana's six seniors, Kara Bryan, Kristen Sprunger, Lisa Tecklenburg, Kate Kastl, Dana Philip, and Jenny Mann, were honored by their team and fans for their four years of dedication to Indiana soccer.
"I am very happy for them," Indiana head coach Mick Lyon said. "Everything I have asked of them, they have embraced and been enthusiastic. This group wants more, the energy of the seniors propelled this team to 10 wins."
The Hoosiers will next be in action Thursday at the Big Ten Tournament in East Lansing, Mich. It will be Indiana's first appearance in the Tournament since 1998. IU will most likely take on the home Michigan State Spartans at 6:00 p.m. The Hoosiers are the fifth seed in the Tournament. The Big Ten Tourney runs through the championship game on Sunday, Nov. 10.
"It is good to play the kind of game we did tonight heading into the Big Ten Tournament," Lyon said. "This was the kind of game where we had to battle and they continually matched us. As a team we have never really been in a position like that, up one goal with five minutes to go, to know how to ice the game. This is just what we need going into the tournament."