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IU field hockey loses to Penn State to end regular season



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Senior defender Elle Hempt surveys the field against Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 23 at the IU Field Hockey Complex. IU finished its regular season schedule with a 4-0 loss Friday at Penn State. Bobby Goddin Buy Photos

IU’s 4-0 loss to Penn State on Friday in University Park, Pennsylvania, capped off a consistent theme for IU this regular season. The Hoosiers, a young team, got off to a quick start before ultimately falling victim to the attacking prowess of opposing Big Ten teams and to their own mistakes. 

Despite the loss, IU Coach Amanda Janney Misselhorn said her team's defense was never outmatched, and it was competitive for the majority of the game.

"Our defense continues to be a key element,” Janney Misselhorn said. “Elle Hempt and Hanna Zarrilli did a good job tonight and Shelby Querry made great saves for us tonight. Our backfield is playing tough and they continue to get better every game."

IU was able to fend off Penn State for nearly 15 minutes of the game before Alexis Horst scored an opening goal to give Penn State the advantage. Abby Myers scored another goal before Anna Simon added Penn State's third just before the halftime break.

IU was outshot 20-5 on Friday, with 13 of those 20 shots being on goal. Penn State owned the penalty corner advantage as well, earning seven to IU’s three. 

IU’s loss dropped the Hoosiers to 4-12 overall and 1-7 in conference play as the regular season ends. Entering Friday's game, IU had already secured the No. 8 seed in the Big Ten Tournament with a win over Michigan State earlier this season. 

The Hoosiers and Spartans will meet in the eight seed versus nine seed game to start the Big Ten Tournament. The game will be played at the location of the top seed of the Big Ten Tournament, which is still to be determined.

The game will be played next Friday.

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