BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Haley Funk scored two second-half goals to propel the 14th-ranked Indiana University field hockey team to Sunday afternoon’s 3-1 non-conference victory against the University of New Hampshire.
UNH is now 1-8 on the season and IU is 9-1.
The Wildcats took an early 1-0 lead against the Hoosiers when Emily Colton (Milton, Mass.) scored an unassisted goal off a rebound at 6:55. It was Colton’s team-leading fifth goal of the season.
UNH’s strong play held Indiana off the scoresheet for 30 minutes, but Lydia Schrott scored on a penalty stroke at 30:49 to tie the score 1-1.
The game remained tied at 1 through most of the second half on the effort of the Wildcats’ defense and goalkeeper Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine). But the Hoosiers finally broke the tie and took a 2-1 lead on a penalty corner in the 63rd minute when Funk scored off a rebound.
UNH rookie Megan Shea (Melrose, Mass) almost tied the score in the closing minutes when her shot went over goalkeeper Haley Exner and just missed the cage. IU went on the counterattack and Funk scored with 23 seconds remaining to secure the win.
Shute finished with seven saves while Exner stopped two shots.
“We played well for about 31 minutes in the first half and we had 30 minutes of good play in the second half,” UNH 16th-year head coach Robin Balducci said. “We just had two letdowns and their experience and poise paid off.”
New Hampshire returns to action Sept. 30 for its America East conference opener at home against Boston University. Game time at Memorial Field is 1 p.m.