IUPUI Women’s Soccer team opened up their Crusader Classic weekend with a 2-2 double-OT draw with the Air Force Academy Falcons on Friday night in Valparaiso.
The Jags had two early chances in the first half of play. The first was a beautiful lob over the top of the defense and keeper that set up Sarah Carlisle for a header, but the AFA defenders made it back to sweep the ball off of the goal line. The second was on the ensuing corner kick when Sarah Wong’s in-swinger bounced around the box. The flick towards the goal in the scrum ended up over the crossbar.
Later in the first half, IUPUI opened the scoring when Megan Hock made an absolutely brilliant run down the left hash, and Taylor Heidorn found her in stride. Hock sped past the Falcon defender, firing a left-footed volley beyond the outstretched Hannah Schwartz.
The beginning of the second half was nearly all Jaguars, but Air Force managed to get on the board when a pass got away from the back line and ended up at the feet of the Falcon attacker Bridgett Murphy who beat Kristin Haseley one-on-one, tying the game in the 53rd minute.
IUPUI pulled ahead again in the second half when Heidorn jumped on a poor clearance by the Falcons, slamming home a shot into the near upper-90. Air Force answered immediately when a back pass was intercepted by Stephanie Patterson and slid past a diving Guzman. The goal came 53 seconds after the Jaguars took their 2-1 lead.
The teams both had plenty of miscues, but neither could capitalize in regular time. In overtime, IUPUI had a fantastic opportunity to take the match when a cross from Hock was off the keeper’s fingers and nearly rolled in.
IUPUI Head Coach Chris Johnson said, “we always like to work on finishing, but the miscues in the back gave them goals., It’s a matter of kids learning to play with each other at this point.”
Jaguar fans held their breath with 37:00 left in the second half when Haseley went head-to-shoulder with an IUPUI defender. Giselle Guzman came in and took over between the pipes for the remainder of the game. She was also taken down a few times, two of which resulted in consecutive yellow cards for AFA’s Tory Gullo.
“Megan Hock was able to get past their outside back multiple times,“ Coach Johnson noted of the Jaguar speed. “Alicia Brock did too, and Taylor Heidorn. They were a little physical with us at the end, but we’ve got to know that teams are going to get physical like that with us.”
The sun only made a single appearance all day, and IUPUI’s third draw of the season didn’t leave Coach Payne in a very sunny state of mind.
“We gave one away there that we couldn’t afford to give away. In both instances, we gave them a goal more than they earned it. We’re a much better team than 1-5-3, and I thought we played our hearts out. We’ve just got to put our chances away.”
IUPUI will take on the Campbell Fighting Camels on Sunday at noon ET. Follow the action at twitter.com/CampusCitizen.
AFA 0 2 0 0 – 2
IUPUI 1 1 0 0 – 2
AFA – Murphy, Bridgett (53’) from Eissele, Megan; Patterson, Stephanie (74’)
IUPUI – Hock, Megan (39’) from Demo, Karin; Heidorn, Taylor (73’) from Colby, Sarah
AFA – Gullo, Tory (Yellow 98’, Red 98’)