Hoosiers and Crusaders Battle To 1-1 Tie In Exhibition Match
Aug. 15, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's soccer team got a goal in the 85th minutes from senior Natalie O'Bryan to help the Hoosiers earn a 1-1 tie against Valparaiso on Saturday at Armstrong Stadium in the team's only exhibition match before starting the regular season on Friday against Wright State.
"Overall, I'm happy with how we played," Indiana head coach Mick Lyon said. "We carried a lion's share of the possession tonight and created a lot of chances. We just need to clean up how we are playing, meaning we just need to play a little quicker and a little faster. Besides that, I am very happy with our effort tonight."
The Hoosiers dominated possession against the Crusaders and put up 20 shot with seven on goal while just two of the five shots for Valparaiso were on goal. Indiana also drew three corner kicks compared to just one for Valpo.
Indiana freshman Orianica Velasquez Herrera led the Hoosiers with seven shots and nearly put IU on the board midway through the first half. After she was able to get the Valpo keeper to commit to a low shot out at the top of the box, she dribbled to the right and fired a shot destined for the back of the net but was saved by a Crusader defender at the goal line to keep the game scoreless.
The Hoosiers had another golden opportunity to score with 19 minutes left in the second half as the ball got loose in front of the goal and Carly Samp had a chance to put it home but the Valpo keeper was able to recover to knock it away before she could get a boot on it.
Valparaiso broke into the scoring column first at the 74:00 mark when the Hoosiers turned it over in their own end and Jackie Kondratko pounced on it and lifted it to the upper left corner of the goal to give the Crusaders a 1-0 lead.
Then in the 85th minute, Christie Kotynski took a pass deep in the left corner and sent a low cross that scooted past the Valpo keeper and found the foot of senior Natalie O'Bryan on the right post and she found the back of the net from point blank range to even the score at 1-1.
Indiana returns to Armstrong Stadium on Friday, Aug. 21 at 7:30 p.m. to host Wright State in the regular season opener. Admission is free to all fans.
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