East Lansing, Mich. - It was bound to be the hottest rematch in recent memory. The Indiana/Purdue rivalry is a heated one and the regular season game on Oct. 25 was a heartbreaker for the Hoosiers, losing 1-0 on a Boilermaker goal with two and a half minutes left. Though they fought hard through 94 minutes Thursday afternoon, the Hoosiers could not find the redemption they were looking for in East Lansing, losing 1-0 at the 94:19 minute mark.
"Our performance was outstanding," said head coach Mick Lyon. "We really stood up to the test. This was a typical tournament kind of game, where you are constantly matched up."
The intrastate rivals faced off Thursday afternoon in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament in East Lansing, Mich. The first game of the afternoon pitted No. 2 seed Michigan against No. 7 seed Ohio State. The teams played a scoreless game through two periods of overtime. The Wolverines exited the tournament when Ohio State won on penalty kicks, 3-2.
It was not to be a day of upsets though, as the No. 3 seeded Boilermakers got the better of the No. 6 seeded Hoosiers just four minutes and 19 seconds into overtime. The teams battled through 94 minutes in a great matchup. Indiana had seven shots on goal while Purdue had eight. That one-shot differential ended up making all the difference in the world. Indiana goalkeeper Shaunna Daugherty had seven saves to Purdue keeper Jocelyn Cavalier's seven. Both teams recorded four corner kicks. Purdue doubled the Hoosier fouls, however 20-10.
Senior Kara Bryan led the Hoosiers with five shots and all players with four shots on goal.
The game marks the first time since 1998 that Hoosier women's soccer has advanced to the postseason. The foundation for excellence now exists and the coming years hold promise and excitement for the Hoosier program.
IU ends its season with a 10-7-2 overall record. The team ends the season with a Big Ten record of 4-4-2. The Hoosiers hold an all-time Big Ten Tournament record of 6-5. Indiana heads to the off season with a determination to return to the postseason, coming away with a Big Ten Championship.