No. 13 Gators Hold Off Hoosiers
Aug. 31, 2007
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Despite a strong effort in goal from freshman Lauren Hollandsworth, the Indiana women's soccer team was topped by No. 13 Florida 1-0 in the season opener for both teams. Hollandsworth made five saves in her first college action against the home Gators.
"Though we didn't get the result, we put together a very strong effort," head coach Mick Lyon said. "Our young players were absolutely outstanding, and Katy Stewart and Beverly Markwort really dug in for the upperclassmen. Lauren Hollandsworth was brilliant in goal, turning away a couple of shots that could have been goals."
The Gators got the contest's only tally in the 12th minute, with KeLeigh Hudson putting home the first goal of the season to make it 1-0. Off a deflection, Hudson popped the ball past Hollandsworth from six yards out. The unassisted tally was the 13th of the senior's career.
The Hoosiers had a strong opportunity later in the first half after a yellow card was assessed to UF's Lauren Hyde in the 31st minute of action. On the following free kick, sophomore Kelly Lawrence blasted a shot that was turned aside by Katie Fraine to keep IU off the board.
Hyde was not alone, though, as IU's Suzie Teixeira picked up a caution of her own in the second half. Teixeira was carded in the 68th minute for the Hoosiers. Indiana had 13 fouls in the game to Florida's 10.
The Hoosiers unleashed a flurry of shots in the 83rd minute, with Lawrence and Lindsay McCarthy both having attempts turned aside by Fraine. Then, off a corner kick by freshman Chloe McKay, Taylor Fallon's header sailed wide of the net.
But that was as close as the Hoosiers would get, as the Gators were able to stave off the inspired second-half effort. UF tallied 11 shots to IU's seven, but the Hoosiers held a 7-4 edge over the final 65 minutes of action.
The Hoosiers are back in action on Sunday with a game against Jacksonville University. Game time is slated for noon EDT in Jacksonville, Fla.
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