Hoosiers Knock Off Loyola, 2-1
Sept. 14, 2008
BALTIMORE, Md. - Liz Holby's goal in the 62nd minute broke a 1-1 tie to give the Indiana women's soccer team a 2-1 victory over Loyola (Md.) on Sunday in Baltimore. Devon Beach had a goal and an assist in the victory as the Hoosiers won their second straight contest.
After a 0-0 opening half, Beach put the Hoosiers (4-3-0) on the board with her third goal of the season. The freshman phenom stole the ball off a Loyola defender, worked her way into space and fired a shot into the lower left corner to make it 1-0 at the 51:20 mark. But Loyola (0-5-1) came right back and knotted the game at 60:56 on Kelly Farrell's second goal of the season. On the right side, Farrell took the ball and fired it in from 22 yards to knot the game 1-1.
IU did not wait long to regain an edge in the contest, with Holby giving the Hoosiers a 2-1 lead just 35 seconds later. Beach set up the play for Indiana, rocketing a shot on goal that was saved by Amanda Piccirilli, but the rebound came right to Holby, who scored her fourth goal of the year at 61:31 for IU.
Under a sweltering Baltimore sun, both teams fought off a heat index of over 100 degrees for a scoreless first half. The Hoosiers had a strong opportunity early on with a free kick in Loyola's end off the foot of Kelly Lawrence, but her attempt was saved by keeper Amanda Piccirilli in the fourth minute.
IU's other strong opportunity in the opening frame came in the 37th minute, as Beach's attempt was blocked and Kristin Arnold's second attempt went wide. The Greyhounds had four shots in the half, but none of their strikes were on frame. Loyola did fight their way to five corners, but IU allowed just one shot off the five.
The Hoosiers are back in action on Thursday night when they play host to Butler. Game time is set for 7 p.m. EST between IU and the Bulldogs. Indiana finishes off its final non-conference weekend with a contest against Loyola (Chicago) on Sunday at noon, a match that will precede the Indiana men's game against Wisconsin on Yeagley Field.
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