Indiana Drops 3-1 Decision to Nebraska
Sept. 4, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's soccer team ran into a tough Nebraska squad on Saturday at Armstrong Stadium as they suffered a 3-1 loss to the Cornhuskers in the first-ever meeting between the two schools in women's soccer. IU junior forward Carly Samp scored the lone goal for the Hoosiers, her third of the season.
"We didn't play our best half in the first half and Nebraska took advantage," Indiana head coach Mick Lyon said. "But I am very happy with how we played in the second half and forced the action and got a goal and a number of other chances as well."
Nebraska (3-1-0) broke onto the scoreboard in the sixth minute when Molly Thomas took a pass from Morgan Marlborough and put a shot on goal that went off the finger tips of IU keeper Shannon Flower and trickled into the goal, just inside the right post.
Then at the 27:27 mark, Marlborough found the back of the goal from close range following a nice pass from Jordan Jackson to set her up and Nebraska had a 2-0 lead.
Indiana controlled play the last 10 minutes and it culminated with a corner kick with less than 20 seconds left. The ball was served into the box and Samp flicked it on to the back post where Devon Beach had an open header attempt but was not able to get enough on it and NU keeper Tara Macdonald made the diving save.
Although the Cornhuskers had the lead, Indiana held a 10-5 edge in shots over the first 45 minutes and had a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks.
Just after halftime, Indiana was whistled for a foul in the box and Marlborough stepped up and deposited the PK in the low right side to increase the Nebraska lead to 3-0. But from that point on, Indiana played with an edge and was forcing all of the action.
The pressure finally paid off in the 59th minute when a Nebraska defender made a mistake trying to play the ball back to the keeper and Samp intercepted the pass and was 1-on-1 with the keeper. She gave a quick fake and was able to punch it through the keeper and it rolled into the goal to cut the Huskers lead to 3-1.
Just two minutes later, freshman Lisa Nouanesengsy rounded up a loose ball just outside the 8-yard box on the left side and drilled a shot towards the upper third of the goal but it said wide left by a matter of inches and Nebraska maintained its two-goal lead.
Macdonald improved to 3-0-0 while making nine saves in goal for Nebraska. IU freshman keeper Shannon Flower (0-1-0) allowed the two first half goals to suffer the loss in her first collegiate start. Senior Lauren Hollandsworth played the second half and made two saves including a diving save on a point-blank shot from Jordan Jackson late in the second half.
Indiana continues its homestand for the month on Friday, Sept. 10, against No. 8 Texas A&M starting at 7:30 p.m.
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