Last-Minute Heroics Lift Hoosiers Past No. 13 USC
Sept. 9, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Kristin Arnold's goal 49 seconds into overtime gave the Indiana women's soccer team a 2-1 victory over No. 13 USC on Sunday at Armstrong Stadium. Arnold's goal came just 55 seconds after freshman Leigh Anne Cummings scored the tying goal in the closing seconds of regulation. IU took home the Hoosier Classic title with the victory.
Trailing 1-0 in the closing seconds of the match, the Hoosiers looked dead to rights when USC cleared the ball into the IU end with 20 seconds to play. A Trojan foul gave Jessica Boots a free kick on the Hoosier side of the field. Boots sent a long, high ball into the offensive end, and Christie Kotynski laid a brilliant head flick on the ball from 25 yards. The ball bounded into the box and Cummings scrambled for it and flicked it with her right foot just out of the reach of USC goalie Kristen Olsen to tie the contest with six seconds to play.
The Hoosiers carried the momentum into the extra frame, and Arnold was able to give the home squad a victory at the 90:49 mark. Kotynski set up the play by heading a ball toward the goal from just outside the 18. A USC defender stopped that opportunity, but the rebound came right to Arnold, who unleashed a rocket into the upper right corner of the net for her first career game-winner.
Indiana held a decided edge in play for most of the second half, posting nine shots in the frame and forcing Olsen to make two saves in the final 45 minutes. The Hoosiers had several strong opportunities before Cummings' tying shot, including a shot from inside the box by Lindsay McCarthy that Olsen was able to handle in the 64th minute.
One of IU's best chances of the first half turned into a goal for the Women of Troy. A corner by Chloe McKay set up a header by Cummings in the 18th minute, but the shot was blocked by a USC defender. The visitors unleashed a counter-attack, and Ashli Sandoval sent a long ball from right to left, where it found its way past the Hoosier defense to Amy Rodriguez. Rodriguez broke in and sent a shot past Lauren Hollandsworth to give USC a 1-0 lead at 18:03.
The victory was IU's first over a ranked opponent since a 2-1 victory over No. 22 Michigan on Sept. 30, 2005. Indiana took first place in the Hoosier Classic with a 1-0-1 record in the tourney. USC took second with a 1-1 mark, while Maryland finished third with an identical 1-1 record. Loyola Maryount finished 0-1-1 after a 3-0 loss to the Terrapins earlier on Sunday.
The Hoosiers are back in action on Friday, Sept. 14, when they play host to Samford. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
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