Rochester, Mich. The Indiana women’s soccer team finished its regular season schedule with a, 3-0, loss to the Oakland Golden Grizzlies on a rain soaked field in Rochester, Mich., Sunday afternoon. The loss marked the first time all season the Hoosiers have allowed three goals in one game.
IU completed their regular season 8-9-1 overall, while Oakland extended its undefeated home game-winning streak to six and finished with a 13-4-1 record.
Keeping the ball on their side of the field for majority of the first half, the Hoosiers used crisp passing and quick speed to outshoot the Golden Grizzlies, 8-4, but it was the Golden Grizzlies that went ahead, 1-0, after Lisa-Marie Woods struck, sailing the ball high and into the back of the net over first-half starter Stacey Van Boxmeer’s head at the 44:29 mark. Kelly Rieck was awarded the assist after she pushed the ball over to Woods just outside the 18. Although it was Oakland that earned points first, Indiana’s front line got things started early, taking the first two shots of the game and forcing Oakland’s goalkeeper Sarah Buckland to make three saves in the first 20 minutes of play.
Despite the loss, the combination of Erin Hesselbach, Ryan Hanley, and Carly Everett faught hard as they won key head balls, kept their opponents marked tightly, and cleared the ball out of their territory for majority of the game.
Freshman Stacey Van Boxmeer started in the net, allowing all three goals while collecting five saves. Perhaps her best save of the game came just two minutes into the second half when she challenged a full-speed running Woods. With an empty field ahead of her, it appeared Woods was bound to score again but Van Boxmeer raced out of the net and deflected the ball shot directly at her.
Oakland got an even bigger lead at the 69: 37 mark after Kristen Zmijewksi was called for a foul inside the box. Erica Demers took the penalty kick for the Grizzlies and blasted it past Van Boxmeer towards the right side of the net.
The Grizzlies became too much for the Hoosiers, scoring their third goal of the game with 16 minutes left to play. Shelly Piccirillo notched her 11th goal of the season with assists coming from Kristi Swaving and Woods. The ball was misplayed as Van Boxmeer rose out of the net again. This time Oakland would connect on the misplay and take a, 3-0, advantage.
Freshman Megan Sterrett started the second half for the Hoosiers and was able to get a few good looks at the goal. Her closest chance came about five minutes in the half when she headed the ball towards the right side of the goal, forcing Buckland to make a diving save.
In the end, the Indiana out shot Oakland, 15 to 12, with seven of those shots on target.
Next up for the Hoosiers is the first round of the Big Ten Tournament held in Madison, Wis. IU (No. 6 seed) will look for revenge against intrastate rival Purdue (No. 3 seed) on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the McClimon Complex.