Women's Soccer

    Indiana Takes On Big Ten Leader Nebraska In Regular Season Finale

    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!

    Oct. 31, 2013

    Week 11
     Date Nov. 1, 2013
     Teams Indiana (13-4-1, 6-4 Big Ten) at
    #18 Nebraska (14-3-1, 9-1 Big Ten)
    1:30 p.m.
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    With a 1-0 win over Wisconsin last Sunday, the Indiana Hoosiers clinched a spot in the Big Ten Tournament for the first time since 2007.

    The win, coupled with the other results around the conference, means that Indiana can be seeded no lower than fourth and no higher than third in the conference tournament. If IU finsihes third, it would match the highest regular season finish in school history (T3 in 1998).

    The Hoosiers travelled to Purdue last week, looking to keep the Golden Boot in Bloomington after claiming it for the first time in 2012. After going into the locker room down 1-0 to the Boilermakers on Thursday, the Hoosiers mounted a furious comeback and reclaimed the Golden Boot with a 2-1 victory.

    It marked just the third overall win against Purdue, but the second in a row for IU, and the first-ever victory at Purdue.

    Abby Smith picked up two assists in the game while Rebecca Candler and Monica Melink scored the goals.

    But the story of the game was Shannon Flower's performance in goal in the first half. She tallied eight first half saves on her way to 10 for the game to match her career high.

    Indiana enters the final weekend of the regular season with 13 wins overall and six in Big Ten play, both of which are among the best single-season totals in program history.

    The 13 wins are the most since 2007 and only the 1998 team that won 14 games has ever won more. That same 1998 team is the only other IU team to ever win six Big Ten games.

    As a team, Indiana has racked up 38 assists this season to set a new school record for team assists in a single-season, beating the old total of 35 set in 1998.

    Senior Rebecca Candler has continued the momentum she built up last year into this, her final season at IU. After setting the Indiana single-season assists record with 10 in 2012, she has eight to her credit this year. Most recently, she assisted on the game-winning goal in overtime at Michigan State as well as the game-winner at Purdue.

    She has 19 helpers in her career, putting her in second place on the IU career assists list, trailing only Wendy Dillinger's 24 assists.

    The Medina, Ohio, native also has 11 career assists in Big Ten games, which is a new IU record.

    Senior Monica Melink came up clutch in both games last week as she plays her final season at IU. In the win against Purdue, she was able to make the perfect run in front of the goalkeeper and use her body to defelct the ball into the goal in the 81st minute to give the Hoosiers the win.

    Then on Sunday against Wisconsin, she beat her defender down the right sideline and sent a cross into the box that Abby Smith was able to get a diving header on and put it in the back of the net for the game-winner in the 79th minute.

    For the season, Melink has three goals and four assists, which are more than she had entering this season.

    IU junior midfielder Abby Smith has shown a penchant for finding the ball in crunch time over her career. She has totalled six game-winning goals in her career, including the game-winner against Xavier and Wisconsin this season.

    In addition to her game-winner on a diving header against Wisconsin, she tallied assists on both goals in a 2-1 win at Purdue last Thursday.

    For her efforts, she was named to CollegeSoccer360's "Primetime Performers" list this week. She is the second Hoosier to be named to that list, joining Lara Ross (Sept. 24).

    Shannon Flower and Rebecca Dreher were named to the Capital One Academic All-District 5 First Team on Oct. 31, becoming just the third and fourth players in IU history to receive the first team accolades. Carrie DeFreece (2006) and Carly Everett (2002) are the other two first team recipients in IUWS history.

    Rebecca Candler was also named to the second team all-district.




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