Indiana edges Northwestern in overtime of Game 1
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Indiana and Northwestern kicked off the 2005 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament in thrilling fashion. After 70 minutes of regulation play, the game was deadlocked at one goal each and the first round matchup moved into overtime. Indiana's Lydia Schrott ripped a crossing pass into the left pocket of the goal, netting her 13th of the season and the Hoosiers' first-ever win in the conference tournament. With the 2-1 overtime victory, Indiana moves on to face the winner of the Game 3 matchup between Ohio State and Michigan State in the second semifinal contest Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
As regulation time expired, Northwestern set up for its third penalty corner of the game and looked poised for a thrilling last-second win. But Indiana's stingy defense came up with a monumental stop, sending the game to an extra period. The Hoosiers held the Wildcats to only five shots the entire game. Sophomore goalkeeper Haley Exner improved to 15-3 and became the winningest goalkeeper in program history with the win.
After trailing at halftime for only the second time all season, Indiana struck early in the second stanza and leveled the score at one goal each. Senior forward Nikki Orciuch's first attempt ricocheted of the post but she didn't let the second scoring opportunity escape. Orciuch netted her seventh goal of the season on the rebound at 29:37.
Northwestern jumped to an early lead when junior Christina Foley converted a penalty corner shot at 26:53 in the first half. It was Foley's third goal of the season and put the Wildcats ahead 1-0. Seniors Ellen Schlafly and Christine Nannicelli counted assists on the goal.
The Hoosiers' aggressive offense couldn't convert any of their 17 penalty corner opportunities. Indiana took 40 shots - the team's second highest single-game total - but did not faze Northwestern's freshman goalkeeper Emily Kyle. Kyle made a career-high 15 stops in the setback.