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Hoosiers earn two critical wins this weekend



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The IU Women’s Field hockey team celebrates their first goal in their game last season against the University of New Hampshire at the IU Field Hockey Complex. IU sophomore midfielder Ciara Girouard was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Tuesday after scoring a hat-trick against Villanova last Friday. IDS file photo Buy Photos

IU had a successful weekend in Pennsylvania as the Hoosiers notched victories over Wake Forest and Villanova. 

The first game of the weekend was Friday afternoon when IU defeated the 15th ranked Demon Deacons of Wake Forest, 1-0. IU's lone goal was by sophomore forward Sheridan Weiss in the 58th minute. 

“I was just thinking, holy cow, I can’t believe that just happened," Weiss said. "I really, honestly wasn’t thinking about much except for how excited I was."

This was an important victory early in the season by the Hoosiers as they took down ranked team Wake Forest on the road.  

Not only was it a high-profile win, but it was also a homecoming for many players on the roster, as well as for Coach Amanda Janney who spoke on coaching against her alma mater. 

“It was such an honor to play against my coach (Coach Averill), and to have our team play this strong," Janney said. "It was a huge win for us to finally beat Wake Forest, and it was exciting for the team and for me to show my coach how strong my program is becoming."

IU defeated Villanova 4-3 on Monday, thanks to a hat trick by sophomore midfielder Ciara Girouard and a goal by senior forward and midfielder Maddie Latino.  

IU put the pressure on net, and Ciara was there to clean up and put away the chances.

“I think the transition to midfield has really helped," Girouard said. "I can see the pockets in front of me and set up my forwards and really work together with them."

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