Nouanesengsy Hat Trick Leads Hoosiers To Victory In Season Opener
August 18, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Junior Lisa Nouanesengsyrecorded her second career hat trick to provide all of the offense in a 3-0 victory for Indiana against Arkansas State in the season opener on Friday night at Armstrong Stadium. She becomes the first player in Indiana women's soccer history to post two career hat tricks and it is the eighth hat trick in program history.
"Lisa really came out focused tonight and took advantage of the great position that her teammates put her in to be able to finish with goals," Indiana head coach Mick Lyonsaid. "This was a great way to start the season and now we have to come back out and back it up on Sunday against Ohio."
She put the Hoosiers (1-0) on the board just 50 seconds into the contest, taking a perfect pass into the box from Rebecca Candlerand easily beating the ASU (0-1) keeper. Eight minutes later, Candler was fouled inside the box so the Hoosiers were awarded a penalty kick, which Nouanesengsy stepped up and put home for a 2-0 IU lead.
And then in the 60th minute, she took a beautiful crossing pass from Monica Melinkand drilled a hard shot over the keeper's shoulder for the third goal of the game and cementing her place in the IU history books. Her first career hat trick on Aug. 21, 2011, against Butler at Armstrong Stadium.
It was in the second half that IU defense really clamped down, holding the Red Wolves to just one shot while the Hoosiers collected 13 in the half.
Indiana will return to Armstrong Stadium on Sunday to take on Ohio University at 2:00 p.m. Fans are encouraged to stay after the game for a autograph session with the team.