Indiana Claims 3-1 Victory over No. 24 West Virginia in Exhibition Game
Aug. 10, 2010
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. - The Indiana University women's soccer team travelled to Morgantown, W. Va., on Tuesday for its only exhibition game of the year against No. 24 West Virginia at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium. The teams played a trio of 30-minute periods, with the Hoosiers coming out on top, 3-1.
"We played really well," said Mick Lyon, Indiana women's soccer head coach. "I'm very excited with how we played. The group that started played well and we brought some people in off the bench they all did well too."
West Virginia, who opened the season at No. 24 in the NSCAA rankings announced earlier in the day, opened the scoring in the first period on a loose ball in front of the goal.
Velasquez had a golden opportunity in the first period but her chip shot over the WVU keeper glanced off the crossbar.
Indiana benefitted from a WVU own goal in the second period and then Leist was on the receiving end of a beautiful through ball up the center of the field and beat the Mountaineer keeper to give IU a 2-1 lead.
In the third period, Velasquez was back on the attack when she was sent in on the keeper one-on-one thanks to a perfect pass from freshman Becca Dreher and put the ball home to extend the IU lead to 3-1.
All three goalkeepers saw time in goal for Indiana, with senior Lauren Hollandsworth playing the first 40 minutes and allowing the one goal. Junior Lindsay Campbell played the next 25 minutes, making an outstanding point-blank save to keep the Mountaineers at bay. Freshman Shannon Flower came on to play the final 25 minutes for her first game action in an IU uniform and made a couple nice plays on attempted crossing passes.
Indiana returns 14 letterwinners and eight starters from a 2009 team that got off to a school-record 6-0 start to the season. Head coach Mick Lyon is entering his ninth season leading the Hoosiers and has a talented group of 10 freshmen and impact transfer Margo McAuley from Florida State new to the team this year.
Indiana will open the regular season with three straight road games, starting on Aug. 20 at Evansville with a 8 p.m. ET start.
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