October 7, 2012
CAN'T KEEP PACE
IU gives up late goals falls to Penn State 5-2
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Indiana held on for 60 minutes, but in the end couldn't stay level as Penn State scored three times in the final 18 minutes to win 5-2 at Jeffrey Field on Sunday afternoon
The Hoosiers fall to 6-7-1 (1-5 Big Ten) while Penn State improves to 12-2 ( 6-0 Big Ten)
Orianica Velasquez and Lisa Nouanesengsy tallied the goals for Indiana while Rebecca Candler was credited with her team-best seventh assist on the year. Sarah Stone once again played outstanding in goal for Indiana, registering a career-best 12 saves in the loss.
“Rebecca Candler was out of this world today and Sarah Stone was awesome once again in goal,” Indiana head coach Mick Lyon said. “Our back line of Molly Buynak and Ciersten Burks were great defending two of the best players in the conference. For 70 minutes it was the best we have ever played against Penn State, but in the final 20 minutes Penn State put some nice goals together and came out with the win.”
Penn State got on the board first in the sixth minute on Chrisitine Nairn’s 11th goal of the season. But just 36 seconds later, Orianica Velasquez put home a shot from nearly 25 yards out that snuck inside the far post for her fourth goal of the season and 23rd of her career.
Taylor Schram then put PSU back on top in the 24th minute with her first goal of the season and the Nittany Lions took the 2-1 lead into the halftime locker room.
Indiana was able to fight back and even the game at 2-2 in the 61st minute when Lisa Nouanesengsy took a cross in the middle of the box from Candler and buried into the upper half of the goal. It was the team-leading seventh goal of the year while it was also Candler’s seventh assist of the season.
It took the Nittany Lions twelve minutes to recapture the lead for good. Weber’s first goal in the 72nd minute came on a through ball from Nairn that ended up near the end line. Weber took a touch in and found the far post netting to put Penn State up 3-2. Her second goal was somewhat similar as Nairn played another thru ball ahead and tapped it in for her eighth goal of the season.
The Nittany Lions were not finished though. The Big Ten’s leader in assists, freshman Raquel Rodriguez earned an assist on a corner kick as she found Maddy Evans near the penalty spot. The senior captain buried it past Indiana’s keeper Sarah Stone.
Penn State outshot Indiana 27-9. Nittany Lions goalkeeper Erin McNulty only need to make two saves.
Indiana returns home this week to take on in-state rival Purdue on Thursday at 8:00 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.