Courtesy: ISU Athletics
UNI Tops Indiana State In Weather-Shortened MVC Opener, 1-0
Courtesy:ISU Athletics
Danny Pfrank

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Indiana State women's soccer team opened Missouri Valley Conference play on Friday night at Memorial Stadium, falling 1-0 to the visiting Northern Iowa Panthers in a contest that was called with 10:20 remaining in regulation when play could not be resumed.

Indiana State (4-6-1, 0-1 MVC) and Northern Iowa (5-7-0, 1-0 MVC) played a scoreless first 45 minutes, with the Sycamores holding an 8-3 edge in shots and a 3-0 advantage in shots on goal.

Weather came into play in the second half, as strong thunderstorms moved into the area with just under 16 minutes remaining the match. ISU and UNI both left the field for 30 minutes as play was paused with 15:56 left in regulation.

Northern Iowa took the lead three minutes after play resumed, beginning their goal-scoring play with a shot on goal by Melissa Hagan on the left wing. Freshman goalkeeper Erin Mitchell made a diving save on Hagan's shot to the back post, but her save sent the ball straight up in the air inside the six-yard box where Ashley Capone was waiting to head home the goal.

Play was suspended again with 10:20 remaining in the regulation and could not be resumed the second time around when the game was called. See Rule 10.11 at the bottom of this release for the official word from the NCAA Soccer Handbook.

Indiana State returns to nonconference play for their final two non-league games of the season, beginning when the Sycamores host Loyola (Chicago) at 1:00 p.m. this Sunday, Sept. 23, at Memorial Stadium.

Below is Rule 10.11 of the 2012/2013 NCAA Soccer Handbook:

10.11 Lightning Safety Policy, Expiration of Time

The purpose of the lightning safety policy is to provide information to those responsible for making decisions about suspending and restarting games based on the presence of lightning.

With reference to game interruptions and the length of waiting time beyond which the game cannot be started and/or restarted: No contest may be started or resumed that has not been restarted before an additional 90 minutes after the conclusion of a regulation 90-minute game, unless mutually agreed upon

before the game or by conference policy. For example, a game begun at 2 p.m., if interrupted, shall be suspended for that day if it cannot be resumed before 5 p.m., unless mutually agreed upon before the game or by conference policy.

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