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Women's soccer knocks off No. 18 Ohio State

Womens Soccer v. Ohio State

The IU women’s soccer team (6-11-1, 2-7) benefited from an entire game of high-quality defense and a lob shot from senior forward Joselyn Moses, defeating No. 18 Ohio State, 1-0, on Sunday.

Coming off a 6-1 loss to Penn State on the road Oct. 28, the Hoosiers saw little hope to get anything out of the meeting with the conference leader, who had only lost one game in Big Ten play before Halloween weekend.

But IU coach Mick Lyon said he believed in the power of mentality.

“All we talked about after the Penn State game was not about the attacking skills,” Lyon said. “But it was about the passion we should have within our heart.”

With that in mind, the Hoosiers played one of the best games in terms of showing their defensive presence on the field. Led by three defenders and freshman goalkeeper Shannon Flower, IU’s backline rendered Ohio State’s offensive pressure in vain, though the Buckeyes bested the Hoosiers in both shot attempts and corner kicks the entire game.

Flower recorded six saves on the day en route to her first career shutout.

The highlight, as well as the game winner, came in the 68th minute. Moses unloaded a low pass sent by junior midfielder Kaylin Clow on the left side of the Ohio State box, and instead of looking for the cutting teammates in the middle, she lobbed a shot toward the far post of the Buckeye goal that looked exactly like a high-pitched center pass.

The distracted Ohio State defenders could do nothing but witness the ball spinning into the upper right corner of the goal.

It was Moses’ first goal of 2010.

Though the Buckeyes did not give up attacking the Hoosiers’ end until the last second, they ultimately were shut out for just the second time this season.

Besides giving a lot of credit to the Hoosiers — especially those who did a great job defending the goal — Lyon said he would not forget about the holiday weekend.

“Now I can have two pieces of candy,” he said.

The Hoosiers end regular season play Friday when they play host to Minnesota at 7 p.m. at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

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