For the first time this season, Indiana women’s football conceded a goal and lost a game, losing 0-3 on the way to Minnesota. Despite the loss, the Hoosiers broke the show’s record with 788 consecutive minutes of shutdown before dropping a point.
Minnesota scored all three goals within ten minutes of each other during the second half, similar to Indiana’s first win of the season against Indiana State University. As of last season, Indiana has not scored in five consecutive conference games.
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After the first half, it looked like the game could end in another goalless draw after the two teams combined just six shots in total, but Minnesota came alive in the second half. The Golden Squirrels were responsible for all six shots in the second 45 minutes, and half of them found the back of the net. Minnesota finished with 10 field goals compared to Indiana’s two.
Indiana’s impressive defensive streak ended after the Minnesota quarterback graduated Gabbie Cesarone’s Headbutt hit the bottom of the bar in a well-crafted corner to open the scoring in the 67th minute.
Minnesota’s second and third goals came in 85 seconds. Minnesota senior forward Izzy Brown had the ball on the right side and shot over Indiana’s sophomore goalie Jamie Gerstenberg’s jump attempt to double the lead with less than 16 minutes remaining in the game.
Things got even worse for the Hoosiers less than a minute and a half later considering Gerstenberg’s next back kick after the Minnesota junior forward Christa Van Loon goal hit the inside of the pole. The Indiana goalkeeper couldn’t help but see him slip into the net despite his best efforts. Van Loon finished with a goal and an assist on the night.
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With the defense finally breaking down for the first time this season, Indiana’s offensive problems raise big questions. The Hoosiers scored in just one of sixteen times played against DI schools in the 2022 campaign.
Indiana’s best chance on Thursday night came in the 21st minute, when defender Megan Wampler took a free-kick from a promising position and kicked into goal. Her kick landed right in the hands of Minnesota goalie Megan Plaschko, marking one of only two saves of the night for the gopher Gopher.
Indiana is now 2-1-6 on the season with just one point in the conference game from two games. Next up for the Hoosiers is another away game – a meeting with Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin on Sunday. The Badgers are the only Big Ten team that are a perfect 2-0-0 to start conference play. McClimon Field starts at 2pm