Battling in overtime against the University of Illinois Springfield, the University of Indianapolis pulled out a 1-0 win on Sunday, Sept. 25.
Scoring the game winning goal was sophomore midfield/forward Stephanie Burdsall. Freshman midfield/back Carah Kreimer connected with Burdsall for the winning goal. Just prior to the game winning goal, Burdsall’s shot missed and hit the post.
In goal for the Greyhounds was senior goal keeper Emma Crenshaw. Crenshaw’s save in the first quarter on a penalty kick kept the game scoreless. She has faced three penalty kicks in her career and has turned away each one.
The Greyhounds fell to the Mckendree University Bearcats 1-0 in their second straight loss on Friday, Sept. 23 at Leemon Field.
In the 30th minute of the game, McKendree scored the only goal in the seventh shot of the night.
Crenshaw turned aside eight shots, adding to her 25 saves over the past three game.
In the second home game of the year, UIndy hosted Rockhurst University on Sept. 18, but was defeated 2-1 in the last 15 minutes of the game.
“We need to get stronger and play more consistent,” Burdsall said. “I think we all need to get on the same page.”
The first half ended scoreless, and Head Coach Holly Cox said she had a strongly worded talk with the team during halftime.
The Greyhounds came out strong in the second half, with sophomore midfield/back Sierra Singer scoring a point within the first 10 minutes. This was Singer’s fourth goal of the year and the only Greyhound goal of the game. Rockhurst returned a point soon after, squaring up the score, and later took the lead to win the matchup 2-1.
“The first 45 minutes, we just didn’t seem ready to compete [or] ready to play,” Cox said. “Unfortunately, it just took us too long to start.”
Cox said the team’s effort was good, but they need to set the tone of the game and take control more.
“I know the potential of the team,” Cox said. “We had the momentum for a little while. It was nice to possess the ball a little bit more. And also, we said to the ladies [at half time], ‘Go out there and set the tone,’ and that means we win the first and second balls. And that really sets the tone for the game and gives you the momentum. And then on top of that: scoring the goal. That was brilliant…. Now you’ve got a goal, you’ve got a cushion, but with Rockhurst, you can’t afford to sit back.”
On Sept. 16, the Hounds won their home opener 1-0 against William Jewell with a late first half goal.
In the opening half, the first nine shots of the game were unsuccessful, until sophomore midfield/forward Rebecca Riley broke through and found the back of the net in the 10th shot, scoring the first and only goal. The pass to Riley came from freshman midfield Sam Enloe.
The Greyhounds will compete against the Bellarmine University Knights on Sept. 30 at Key Stadium. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.