Golden Goal Gives Hoosiers 2-1 Win in Home Opener
Sept. 1, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana freshman defender Lara Ross scored with just over two minutes remaining in the second overtime period to give the Hoosiers a 2-1 victory over Western Michigan (2-2-0) at Armstrong Stadium on Wednesday night. Junior midfielder Devon Beach scored the other goal for the Hoosiers, her third of the season.
"At the end of the day it is a win," head coach Mick Lyon said afterwards. "Our kids deserve a lot of credit for hanging tough and sticking with it and coming out with a `W' tonight."
Indiana (3-1-0) was able to get on the board first in the 30th minute when Beach threw herself at a perfectly crossed ball from freshman Becca Zambon and headed it into the goal. It was the 11th career goal for Beach and the first collegiate point for Zambon.
Three minutes later, WMU evened the score on a goal by Stephanie Skowneski, her second of the season, as she got loose in front of the goal and put it home from 10 yards out.
After neither team could find the board in the second half and first overtime session, time was ticking away in the second extra period when the Hoosiers drew a corner kick. Sophomore Orianica Velasquez sent the kick into the box where junior Carly Samp flicked the ball on to Ross at the back post and hammered into the upper third of the goal to send the Hoosiers off with a victory.
"This was a great team victory for us out here tonight," Ross said. "We really worked hard and I was in the right place at the right time and was able to find a way to give us the win."
Both teams had great chances to take the lead in the second half and even end the game in the first overtime session but could not capitalize. Indiana senior goalkeeper Lauren Hollandsworth made a diving save to her right to deflect a ball wide of the goal late in the second half when the Broncos were able to get behind the IU defense. Hollandsworth now has 21 career wins in goal, the third-most by an IU keeper in program history.
A tape-delay replay of tonight's win over Western Michigan is scheduled to be available on Thursday to Comcast subscribers in the state of Indiana. Check local listings and on-demand listing for air times.
Indiana will play host to Nebraska on Saturday starting at 12 p.m. at Armstrong Stadium. The game will be available to watch online at bigtennetwork.com (subscription required).
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