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Northwestern’s offense proves too much for Indiana field hockey in season finale, lose 6-0

<p>Freshman defender Yip Van Wonderen with the ball during a match against Michigan State University on Oct. 15, 2021, at the IU Field Hockey Complex. Indiana closed out the regular season with 6-0 loss at Northwestern</p>

Freshman defender Yip Van Wonderen with the ball during a match against Michigan State University on Oct. 15, 2021, at the IU Field Hockey Complex. Indiana closed out the regular season with 6-0 loss at Northwestern

Indiana field hockey suffered a 6-0 blowout loss to No. 6 Northwestern on Sunday. The loss ended Indiana’s second two-game winning streak of the season.

With more than 200 fans in attendance, the Hoosiers looked to get their first win over a top-10 team this season after going winless in their first six attempts.

The Wildcats stuck first in the 13th minute. A goal by sophomore midfielder Maddie Zimmer helped the Wildcats get off to a quick start.

Nine minutes later the Wildcats added another goal that was deflected off a penalty corner to extend the lead to two goals.

The Wildcats were far from done and up 2-0. In the 26th minute, a one timer scored by graduate forward Clara Roth made the score 3-0.

Indiana recorded no shots in the first period and only had its first shot on goal with two minutes remaining in the first period.

The Wildcats would continue the onslaught by adding their fourth goal in the first period and head to the half up 4-0. They were 13-1 coming into the game when leading at halftime. 

Northwestern outshot Indiana 11-1 in the first half and had six penalty corners to Indiana’s one. 

The third quarter would see two more goals for the Wildcats to put the game out of reach for the Hoosiers. Junior forward Bente Baekers scored her ninth goal of the season to make the score 6-0. 

The Hoosiers would tally four total shots in the second half.

It was the sixth time this season that the Wildcats scored at least six goals in one game. They head into the postseason with a record of 14-4 and are currently riding a five-game winning streak. 

Indiana ended the season one game above .500 with a 10-9 overall record.

Indiana will compete in the Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament at 2 p.m. Nov. 4 in Piscataway, New Jersey. The No. 7 Hoosiers take on the No. 2 Rutgers. The two teams matched up earlier this season and Rutgers won in double overtime 1-0.

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