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Weekend rewind: Tough loss for men’s soccer, strong start for softball, and other happenings

Busy weekend for the non-rev teams in Bloomington

Purdue v Indiana Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

It was a busy weekend for Hoosier athletes in Bloomington and beyond. Here’s what you may have missed around the athletics campus:

Yeagley’s boys fall short in Evanston

Across its first 40 all-time meetings with Northwestern, Indiana dropped just two contests in regulation. On Saturday, IU suffered a third.

The No. 7 Hoosiers conceded a late goal in a frustrating 1-0 defeat at Ryan Fieldhouse in Evanston. Northwestern’s Ugo Achara Jr. beat IU keeper Roman Celentano with a strike in the 87th minute to propel the home team to its first win over the Hoosiers since Oct. 25, 2009.

IU (2-1-0) unloaded 17 shots and took eight corners, but couldn’t convert on any of their chances. Forward Maouloune Goumballe had an opportunity in the 85th minute on a cross from the right side, but his sliding attempt in front of the goal went high. Fellow forward Thomas Warr had three shots on goal in 39 minutes.

IU is now 28-2-9 in the program’s last 39 Big Ten regular season matches.

Forbes’ brace propels IU past Iowa

A brace from senior Melanie Forbes helped the Hoosiers to their second straight shutout win on Sunday, blanking Iowa 2-0 at Armstrong Stadium.

Forbes got going in the eighth minute, taking a feed from Avery Lockwood and putting it in from the right flank to start the scoring. She struck again in the 30th minute, seizing possession on a failed clearing attempt. Forbes dribbled toward the middle of the box and stuck the ball inside the far post to extend IU’s advantage.

Hoosier keeper Bethany Kopel made three saves to preserve the victory for IU (2-1-0).

Softball goes 4-2 on busy opening weekend

After three straight doubleheaders to open the 2021 season, IU emerged from the weekend with four big wins. The Hoosiers split a set with Nebraska on Friday, winning 3-1 and losing 4-2; they swept Wisconsin on Saturday, winning 5-4 and 9-3; and they split with Minnesota in the weekend finale, falling 6-2 and winning 7-5.

The 7-5 victory over the Gophers snapped an eight-game losing streak to Minnesota dating to 2011.

At the plate, Bella Norton collected nine hits, as she and Grayson Radcliffe each drove in a team-high four runs across the six games. Annika Baez and Desiree Dufek each hit a home run. In the circle, Emily Goodin made three starts on the weekend, striking out 19 batters over 16 innings, while yielding five earned runs on 15 hits.

Volleyball swept at Purdue

A trip to West Lafayette didn’t yield the result Indiana was looking for on Sunday afternoon, as Purdue swept the Hoosiers 25-18, 25-11, 25-16.

Tommi Stockham recorded 10 kills to pace IU, marking her seventh match this season with double-digit kills. Ashley Zulauf posted a career-best 11 digs, and Brooke Westbeld tallied a season-high seven kills.

IU has now dropped six straight matches.

IU finishes 3rd at Big Ten Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships

For the second consecutive year, Ohio State ran away with the team title at the conference meet, scoring 1,584 points on Saturday in Minneapolis. Michigan finished second with 1,326 points and IU came in third with 1,066.5 points.

Sophomore Emily Weiss earned Gold in the 200 breaststroke with a career-best time of 2:07.20. With her victory, Weiss became only the second swimmer in program history to win the 200 breaststroke at the Big Ten meet. Weiss joins IU legend Lilly King, who won the event in each of her four seasons at Indiana.