Hoosiers Downed by Penn State
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Indiana women's soccer team gave all they could, but two second half goals by Penn State was all that was needed as the Hoosiers were defeated by the top-seeded Nittany Lion's 2-0 in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament held at Ohio State on Thursday morning.
"I was very happy with the effort we put on the field, said head coach Mick Lyon. "We gave them a game today."
Indiana held Penn State scoreless in the first half, despite the Nittany Lion's 14-2 shots advantage, including a 5-0 edge on shots on goal. The Hoosier defense limited Offensive Player of the Year Tiffany Weimer to just three shots, two of which were on goal; however, right to junior goalkeeper Lauren Fabbro.
IU started the game with a shot just four minutes into the game as senior Kim Grodek had a header that was just high over the net. PSU would answer with two shots in the next two minutes of play, but Fabbro would turn away both attempts. Weimer then got in the box again at the 8:57 mark, but her shot would sail wide left.
"We knew that they wanted to try and get on us early," said Lyon. "Getting to the half scoreless was a key for us."
Penn State's only other good scoring opportunity in the first half came in the 22nd minute of play. Amanda Lentz got inside the box and lined a shot just to the left of a diving Fabbro, but it would hit the post. On the rebound, Ali Krieger hit a shot that was going right into the net vacated by Fabbro, but sophomore defender Missy Vierling was there to knock it out.
Penn State would start to take control of the match in the second half starting the second stanza with three shots in the first four minutes of play. The Nittany Lion's then took a 1-0 lead at the 63:15. Aubrey Aden-Buie took the feed from Weimer for the score. Just over a minute later, Weimer scored with a line shot to the left of the net to put the Hoosier deficit to 2-0.
Indiana was unable to mount an offensive attack for much of the game ending with just two total shots, compared to the 27 Penn State took. Fabbro ended the game with 10 saves, the third most saves in a Big Ten Tournament game in school history.
"We had a lot of player's have real good games for a good stretch of time," said Lyon. "But then we made one mistake and they got a goal."
Game Notes: The 27 shots were the most allowed by Indiana in a Big Ten Tournament match...the previous high allowed was 19 on Nov. 6, 1998 in a 2-2 tie that IU eventually won 5-4 in penalty kicks...IU's two shots were the lowest shot total ever in the Big Ten Tournament...the previous low was 3 in the same game against Minnesota....In the regular season match-up, Penn State won 1-0 with a goal at the 66:02 mark.
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