College Sports

Cougars face Indiana after losing opener in Hoosier Classic

. The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville return to action Sunday in the second game of the Hoosier Classic. SIUE will face host Indiana in a 3:30 p.m. match.

The Hoosiers ended their 2014 season with an overall record of 7-11-1 and a Big Ten record of 3-9-1. While Indiana failed to make their postseason conference tournament, they ended their 2014 campaign with a 2-0 win over Michigan State. Senior Jessie Bujouves is the top returner for the Hoosiers, leading the team last season in goals (5) and points (11).

The Cougars ended last season with an OVC regular season and tournament title along with an NCAA Tournament appearance. Their overall record was 13-6-2, which ties the program high for most wins in the Division I era.

However, SIUE did not start 2015 like it would have liked.

In their season opener, the Cougars’ women’s soccer fell 2-0 Friday evening to No. 12 West Virginia in the first game of Indiana’s Hoosier Classic.

“We knew going in that they are a really talented team and a lot of people have them as a Final Four team,” SIUE head coach Derek Burton said of the Mountaineers. “That being said, we knew we had to be defensive-minded. All-in-all, we had a successful game.”

The Cougars were able to hold the Mountaineers scoreless until the 20th minute, when Nia Gordon recorded her first goal of the season against the SIUE defense.

West Virginia struck again in the 45th minute with a goal from Hannah Abraham.

SIUE closed the half trailing 2-0 with one shot coming from defender Jorie Clawson.

The Cougars were able to shut out West Virginia in the second half, but could only record one shot from Katye Skrivan.

“What I’m asking of the team right now is to continue to get better,” said Burton. “We need to learn from this game and be better next game. I expect the intensity, grit, and determination that we saw tonight to still be there.”

Cougar goalkeeper Jennifer Pelley ended the game with two saves.