No. 25 Hoosiers Remain Perfect Following Thrilling Win At Hofstra
Sept. 11, 2009
WEST HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - The 25th ranked Indiana women's soccer team needed some late-game heroics from a pair of seniors to come away with a 3-2 win in the second overtime period against the Hofstra Pride on Friday evening. The Hoosiers (6-0-0) trailed by two goals with just over nine minutes left before a Kelly Lawrence scored her first goal and Christie Kotynski tacked on the tying and winning goal.
The perfect 6-0-0 is now the best start in school history, surpassing the 5-0-0 marks set in 1994 and in 2000.
"What an amazing finish to a very tough game," Indiana head coach Mick Lyon said. "Hofstra plays a very difficult style and the artificial turn was wet so the conditions were not ideal. But our seniors stepped up in a huge way tonight and really willed us to this win."
Just as she did last weekend against Mercer when the Hoosiers were trailing in the second half, Lawrence ignited the Indiana offense from the backfield. This time she found the scoring column when she sent a free kick from midfield at 81:55 that bounced once and snuck in the upper right corner of the goal for her first of the season.
In the final three minutes, the Hoosiers were in command of play as they drew four corner kicks, with the final one netting the equalizer. Just as Lawrence led the rally last week, Christie Kotynski was credited with the game-winner against Mercer and came up clutch once again on Friday. Chloe McKay initiated the corner kick in to Devon Beach who then sent a ball into the box that Kotynski redirected into the goal at the 88:48 mark to tie the game at 2-2.
Kotynski would strike again in the 105th minute with a shot that left little doubt as to its eventual destination the second it left her foot. Lawrence took a direct kick from 30 yards out and rolled it to her right as Kotynski came running in. The Hudson, Ohio native sent a blast to the upper right corner of the goal that left the Hofstra keeper with little chance to make a save.
Lindsay Campbell made a season-high five saves in the Indiana goal to pick up her fourth win of the season in her first game back from an injury that kept her out the previous game and a half.
The Pride took an early 1-0 lead on goal by Kayla Pifer with just 6:30 minutes having gone by. Hofstra struck again early in the second half on a goal by Salma Tarik at the 58:13 mark to take a 2-0 lead. The Pride sees its record fall to 39-10-4 at home since the start of 2003.
Indiana will take the field next on Sunday at 1 p.m. against the St. John's Red Storm.
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