September 30, 2012
IU goalkeeper stops Northwestern
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana women used a dazzling performance in goal from redshirt freshman Sarah Stone and a header by Rebecca Candler for the game’s only goal in a 1-0 win over Northwestern on Sunday afternoon at Armstrong Stadium.
Indiana improves to 6-6-1 (1-4 Big Ten) while Northwestern falls to 4-7-2 (0-5 Big Ten).
“Sarah has been working extremely hard in practice and we gave her the start in goal today,” Indiana head coach Mick Lyon said after the game. “She responded big time today with a number of high-level saves that kept us in the game and then preserved the win.”
Indiana’s goal came off a long pass from Orianica Velasquez that found Candler perfectly in stride in the center of the box 15 yards out. As the Northwestern keeper came off her line to attempt to make a play on the ball, Candler was able to get her head on it first and head it down to the ground and sneak it just inside the right post for her fourth goal of the season. For Velasquez, it was her fourth assist of the year.
Stone, a redshirt freshman making her first collegiate start, recorded six saves in the game. She also got some help from the crossbar, when the Wildcats’ shot ricocheted off the crossbar and straight down without crossing the goal line before the Hoosiers were able to clear the ball.
Northwestern's, Anna Cassell played 68 minutes and made one save, while, Rachel Bergman went the rest of the way also making one save.
This is the second consecutive season that the Hoosiers have defeated the Wildcats by a 1-0 margin.
The win also snaps a four-game losing streak, with the last three losses coming by one goal apiece.
Indiana will continue Big Ten play next weekend when they travel to Penn State on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET.