Sept. 2, 2011
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -
After watching the Western Michigan Broncos (2-2) race out to an early 1-0 lead less than five minutes into the game, the Indiana Hoosiers (3-1-1) rebounded in a big way. They scored three goals in a span of 5:07 in the first half and never looked back on their way to a 4-1 win over the Broncos at Alumni Stadium in South Bend, Ind., as part of the Notre Dame adidas Invitational.
Freshman Abby Smith and senior Carly Samp both scored their second goals of the season while Orianica Velasquez added her team-high fourth tally and Monica Melink chipped in with her first collegiate goal. Devon Beach assisted on Samp's goal and Kaylin Clow got the helper on Melink's marker.
"We did not get off to the best start but give the players credit," Indiana head coach Mick Lyon said. "We were able to regroup and put together a couple very exciting minutes of soccer and were rewarded with three very good goals and took it from there."
The Hoosiers were out-shot in the first half by a 11-7 margin but the defense buckled down midway through the first half and then held the Broncos to just two shots in the second half and the final shot total showed 13 for WMU and 12 for IU. Indiana's Lindsay Campbell made five first half saves to prevent any further damage by WMU and allow the Hoosiers to rally and take the lead.
For the second time in three games, the opponent jumped out to an early 1-0 lead less than five minutes into the contest. This time it was WMU's Stephanie Skowneski who scored her third goal of the season to put the Broncos out in front.
Indiana continued to struggle to find the flow of the game but all of a sudden in the 21st minute, Abby Smith beat a couple WMU defenders outside the box and then sent a shot to the far post for her second of the season to knot the game at 1-1.
Roughly four and a half minutes later, Carly Samp broke into the box from the right side and looped a shot over the keeper for her second of the season to give the Hoosiers a 2-1 lead. It is the 16th of her career to put her in a tie for sixth on the Indiana career goals scored list with teammate Orianica Velasquez. Senior Devon Beach was credited with the assist on the play.
Just 35 seconds after Samp put the Hoosiers ahead, Velasquez pushed the lead to 3-1 with her fourth goal of the year on another outstanding individual effort just outside the box that resulted in a low, hard shot that squeezed inside the left post. It was also Velasquez's 16th career goal to tie Samp for sixth on the Indiana career goals scored list. She is also tied with Lisa Nouanesengsy for the team lead with her four goals.
With some of the regulars resting in the second half, Kaylin Clow and Monica Melink teamed up to add to the IU lead. It was Melink that received the pass from Clow and blasted a shot over the shoulder of the keeper from 12 yards out that got behind the WMU keeper before she could get a hand on it. It is the first collegiate goal for Melink and the first point of the season for Clow on the assist.
The Hoosiers will return to the pitch at Alumni Stadium on Sunday when they take on No. 10 Notre Dame, the defending national champions, at 1:30 p.m.
The Hoosiers have now scored nine first half goals this season after scoring a total of eight last season.
Lindsay Campbell now has 15 career victories in goal for the Hoosiers, which is tied for the fifth most in IU history
The five saves in the game gives Campbell 101 for her career, becoming the seventh IU keeper to surpass the 100 saves mark in their career
The Hoosiers were previously 0-2 at the Notre Dame Invitational, losing a pair of games in 1998
Ten different Indiana players have a point to their credit this year, but just three of them had more than one point in their career entering play this season.