Quick Strikes Down Hoosiers Late Against No. 13 TAMU
Aug. 31, 2008
COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS - The Indiana women's soccer team held No. 13 Texas A&M to a 1-1 score through 77 minutes, but the Aggies scored a pair of goals in the 78th to sink the Hoosiers, 3-1. Freshman Devon Beach scored her second career goal for the Hoosiers, who fell to 1-2-0 on the young 2008 campaign after going 1-1-0 at the Aggie Soccer Invitational. IU took third place at the Invitational, which featured three teams ranked in the national top 14.
"We played very well throughout this weekend," head coach Mick Lyon said. "We were strong in the opening half, but got worn out in the second half against a very good and very deep Texas A&M squad. Playing in such an elite tournament and standing toe-to-toe with some of the top teams in the nation was incredibly good for the future of the program."
The hosts of the Invitational got on the board in the 17th minute on a header from Laura Robinson. Rachael Balaguer and Amber Gnatzig fed the ball deep into the box, and Robinson came through with a header into the right side for her second goal of the season to make it 1-0.
But the Hoosiers came right back, with Beach netting the equalizer in the 27th. The freshman took a pass near the center of the field then beat three different defenders to work her way into the box. The Sarnia, Ontario, native fired a shot with her right foot into the lower left corner to knot the score 1-1 midway through the opening half.
The Aggies put heavy pressure on keeper Lauren Hollandsworth and the Hoosiers, but IU remained strong and the score remained 1-1 into the break. TAMU finished the first half with 10 shots and five corners, but Hollandsworth came through with a pair of saves to keep the game knotted up.
Texas A&M came out of the locker room with heavy pressure applied to the Hoosiers. After Kelly Lawrence had a free kick attempt turned aside by Kelly Dyer, the Aggies posted eight straight shots in the game, with Hollandsworth making four saves in the process. The fourth save came off the foot of Inge Harding, and the rebound came to the foot of Whitney Hooper, who was able to find the back of the net for her first goal of the season, making it 2-1 at 77:08.
Just 14 seconds later, Texas A&M got the ball into the box again, and the Hoosiers were whistled for a foul, resulting in a penalty kick. Rachel Shipley strode to the line and knocked it home to make it 3-1 with her third goal of the year. Hollandsworth played 88 minutes in the contest, finishing with six saves, while freshman Lex Dickison played the remaining two.
The Hoosiers will return to action next weekend, as they host the Hoosier Classic on Friday and Sunday on Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium. IU will face Vermont on Friday night at 7:30 in the opener, and the Hoosiers will take on Cal Poly in the finale on Sunday at 11 a.m. Wisconsin will take on Cal Poly at 5 p.m. on Friday and Vermont at 1 p.m. on Sunday as part of the Classic.
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