Sunday is Senior Day For Women's Soccer
October 27, 2013HOOSIER SPORTS 365
SENIOR DAY FOR THE HOOSIERS
Over the last four years, that group has increased the team win total each season and each one has been named Academic All-Big Ten at least once during their career.
GOLDEN BOOT< Indiana retained possession of the Golden Boot on Thursday with a 2-1 victory at Purdue. It is the first-ever win in West Lafayette for the Hoosiers and have now won two in a row against the Boilermakers.
Purdue scored first just before halftime to take a 1-0 lead into the locker room, but the story of the first half was IU goalkeeper Shannon Flower, who made eight saves in the half to keep the Hoosiers in the game. She finished the game with 10 saves to match her career high.
In the second half, IU played with more confidence and was able to get the tying goal in the 69th minute when Abby Smith found Rebecca Candleron the right side of the box and she drilled it inside the far post.
Then with just over 10 minutes left in the game, Smith was in the middle of the action again. This time she took a free kick before the Purdue defense was set, finding Candler in the box. Candler took a couple touches and then sent a cross in front of the goal that found Monica Melinkand she finished it to put IU ahead, 2-1.
HOOSIERS HELPING HOOSIERS
She added another chapter to her legacy with a 10-save effort at Purdue on Thursday. But her effort in the first half against the Boilermakers was what truly counted, as she made eight saves and many of those were from close range.
Her goals against average this season of 1.03 ranks her inside the Top 10 all-time at IU while her career goals against average of 1.59 also puts her inside the Top 10 on that list.
She has 19 helpers in her career, putting her in second place on the IU career assists list, trailing only Wendy Dillinger's 24 assists.
The Medina, Ohio, native also has 11 career assists in Big Ten games, which is a new IU record.