Ellis Elevates Hoosiers To OT Win
Aug. 31, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. - The Indiana women's soccer team (2-2) jumped out to an early lead against UC Irvine on Sunday, only to see the Anteaters get the equalizer early in the second half. But sophomore Veronica Ellis worked her late-game magic for the Hoosiers tallying the winning goal in the 99th minute to give Indiana the 2-1 win at the Auburn University Soccer Complex.
It is the fourth career goal for Ellis, and all four have been game-winning goals.
"We fought all the way until the end today," Indiana head coach Amy Berbary said. "We were knocking on the door so much over the last 20 minutes, and we knew that we just needed to stay focused and put one away, which we were able to do."
The game-winning goal started with a header from Mykayla Brown around midfield that sent Jordan Woolums free down the sideline. Woolums beat her defender and got to the endline before whipping a pass through the box to Ellis waiting at the back post to finish it off for the winning goal.
Freshman Kayla Smith put home the first goal of her collegiate career in the 14th minute, with the assist going to sophomore Molly Pittman, her first in an IU uniform. Pittman possessed the ball in the attacking third and sent a pass through the backline of the UCI (0-4) defense where Smith ran onto it and finished it with a first-time shot.
"I really thought that, individually, everyone came in and did their job today," Indiana head coach Amy Berbary said. "And as a result of that, we were able to play very well as a team. We got contributions from a number of different players so it was very rewarding to be able to get the win."
Shortly after the second half started, the Anteaters drew a corner kick and were able to convert with a soft chip shot over the IU keeper from the back post to tie the game, 1-1.
IU goalkeeper Katie Gruelich made her first career start in goal and made a pair of saves to get the win.
The Hoosiers will return to the pitch next weekend at Ohio State, where they will take on George Mason (Friday) and Dayton (Sunday). Live audio will be available for both matches in Columbus, Ohio, by going to bit.ly/IUWSAudio
Check back soon