Seventh-Ranked Aggies Offense Too Much for Resilient Hoosiers
Sept. 10, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Despite trailing by three goals at the half, the Indiana Women's Soccer team had No. 7 Texas A&M on their heels for large portions of the game, but it was the potent attack of the Aggies (5-1-0) that handed the Hoosiers a 5-2 loss on Friday night at Armstrong Stadium.
"Our performance tonight, against one of the strongest teams in the country, was one of the best I have seen since I have been here," Indiana head coach Mick Lyon said afterwards. "We competed and we battled and played together very, very well and even at the end when we were down three goals, we still had them on their heels and were making them stop us."
Indiana (3-3-0) got second half goals from Carly Samp, her fourth, and Orianica Velasquez, her second, to trim a 3-0 halftime deficit to 3-2 just seven minutes into the second half. Texas A&M followed with a pair of goals in the next 15 minutes to put the game out of reach.
Much of the first half the teams took turns mounting attacks at each goal and IU keeper Lauren Hollandsworth was up to the task at the start, making five strong saves to keep the game scoreless. But the Aggies found the scoreboard in the 14th and 18th minutes to take a 2-0 lead. Then in the 26th minute a third goal, this one coming just after a free kick, put the Aggies ahead 3-0.
The Hoosiers had a couple of very good looks in the first half, led by a combination of shots by Samp and Velasquez. Samp received a pass and was even with the last defender in front of the keeper and fired a rocked just inside the top of the box that was saved out to the front left of the goal. Velasquez darted towards it and looked to have an easy goal but the keeper was able to dive in front of it and make a second save and keep the Hoosiers off the board.
Coming out of the locker room after halftime, Indiana continued its aggressive play and it resulted in their first goal. Junor Margo McAuley made a deft pass to the top left of the box to Velasquez, who spun and fired a quick shot that caught the TAMU keeper off guard and she made a diving save. The ball bounced right to Samp who chipped it over the keeper for her team-leading fourth goal of the season. For Velasquez, it was her team-best third assist of the year.
Just five minutes later, Leigh Anne Cummings was pulled down near the endline inside the box by the TAMU keeper, drawing a yellow card on the keeper and earning a penalty kick for the Hoosiers. Velasquez stepped up and drilled it to the lower left side of the goal for her third of the year and all of a sudden the lead was just one goal for the Aggies.
"Although we didn't get the result," Lyon said, "we can certainly look at our team and say, without question, we have made huge strides forward in our play over the last two games and that is what we are going to take from this moving forward.
IU had a couple of other free kicks from just outside the top of the box later in the second half and narrowly came up empty. Sophomore Ciersten Burks took the first one and hit the crossbar and was then cleared away by the TAMU defense. Velasquez had another one just minutes later and buzzed it by the right post as she looked for her second goal of the game.
Texas A&M held a 26-13 advantage in shots while Indiana made 13 saves to seven for the Aggies.
Indiana returns to Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium for a Sunday matinee against Hofstra. The game will start at 1:00 p.m. and fans can watch the action at IUHoosiers.com as part of the All-Access package (subscription required).
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