The Indiana Hoosiers secured a 2-0 victory over the Louisville Cardinals in a women’s soccer matchup at Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Thursday evening.
“I think it’s the best performance of the year. It was a complete performance defensively sound. I think we gave away one chance the whole game and created a ton of chances with some great goals. I have nothing bad to say about it. Great, complete performance against a good team that we didn’t allow to play today. I am very happy and proud of our performance,” said Indiana Coach Erwin van Bennekom.
The Hoosiers (5-0-2) extended their unbeaten streak to seven games this season, while the Cardinals (1-4-2) struggled to find their footing throughout the contest.
Indiana’s offense dominated from the start, tallying 20 shots compared to Louisville’s five. The Hoosiers put the pressure on Louisville’s goalkeeper, Erynn Floyd, who made nine crucial saves to keep her team in the game.
The scoring action began in the 9th minute when Piper Coffield of Indiana found the back of the net, assisted by Anna Bennett. This early lead set the tone for the match, and the Hoosiers continued to apply offensive pressure throughout the first half.
Louisville’s Autumn Weeks received a yellow card in the 13th minute, and Indiana’s Natasha Kim followed suit with a yellow card in the 31st minute, as the game grew increasingly physical.
Indiana’s Elle Britt extended the lead in the 47th minute, capitalizing on a pass from Anna Bennett and firing a shot past Floyd. The Cardinals struggled to respond, unable to break through Indiana’s defense.
Despite multiple substitutions by both teams in the second half, the score remained 2-0 in favor of the Hoosiers.
The game drew a crowd of 413 spectators at Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
9th minute: Indiana – Piper Coffield (Assist: Anna Bennett)
47th minute: Indiana – Elle Britt (Assist: Anna Bennett)
Cautions and Ejections:
13:16: Yellow card for Louisville’s Autumn Weeks
30:48: Yellow card for Indiana’s Natasha Kim
IU plays next on Sunday against Hanover at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Kickoff is at 3:00 p.m. ET.
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