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Late MSU goals doom IU at home

Womens' Soccer vs. Michigan State

As Senior Day kicked off with a 16 mile-an-hour wind from the southwest, IU chose to attack the east goal, seeking to use the wind to its advantage.

All three goals were scored on that side of the field, and Michigan State scored two goals late in the game to escape with a 2-1 victory.

Sophomore midfielder Lisa Nouanesengsy scored in the 29th minute to lift IU to a 1-0 lead. Junior forward Orianica Velasquez offered a shot from the right side of the box.

The ball hit the crossbar. The dive of MSU goalkeeper Jill Fliestra denied her an opportunity to save the shot from Nouanesengsy, who was there to put home the rebound. It was her sixth goal of the season.

For the first time in eight Big Ten matches, IU scored a first-half goal.

“Our team came out to play,” senior defender Kerri Krawczak said. “Having the lead helps. It didn’t go our way. I’m really proud of this team.”

The Spartans tied the game with two seconds remaining as MSU’s Olivia Stander hurriedly attempted a free kick that found the back of the net. The goal forced overtime, which was played in the golden goal format. The Spartans won the game in the 94th minute as Stander dribbled along the end line to the left of the goal. She crossed to Hannah Peterson, who did not miss the shot.

IU Coach Mick Lyon said given the wind, it would be a game of two halves. Indiana created nine shots in the first half. Nouanesengsy’s goal came on the seventh attempt. However, Lyon said his team should have led by more than one.

“We should have taken more advantage in the first half and scored a couple of goals,” he said. “One half, you know you’re going to attack and the other half, you’re going to defend.”

IU’s defense sustained a significant blow in the 81st minute when sophomore midfielder Becca Zambon was issued a second yellow card. Zambon earned her first yellow in the 71st minute for delaying the game. The second card was issued for a challenge. She was out of the game.

“Losing a player like that was disgraceful for her to be sent off,” Lyon said. “It’s not a disgrace for Zambon.”

He said the 4-5-1 formation the team plays allows adjustments to be made “fairly easily,” and that redshirt freshman midfielder Rebecca Dreher did an outstanding job filling Zambon’s role.

As a result, the Hoosiers played a woman down the rest of the match.

“I’m disappointed that the girls were robbed of what they deserved: a win,” Lyon said.
Despite the result, Krawczak said the scoreboard will not take away what they

“It’s hard to be disappointed on how our team played,” she said. “We got a little unlucky at the end. Some things are out of our control.

“I’m proud to be on this team. It’s hard to be disappointed when you know the team played this well. A positive result would’ve been good. You can’t take away the memories that I’ve had on this field.”

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