Indiana and Kent State Battle to 1-1 Draw
Sept. 17, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Sophomore forward Orianica Velasquez scored less than two minutes in for Indiana but Kent State found the equalizer in the second half to force a 1-1 tie at Armstrong Stadium on Friday night. Indiana outshot Kent State, 17-6 in the game but could not break through with the go-ahead goal.
"It was great to get off to a fast start," head coach Mick Lyon said. "We talked about it before the game that a fast start would really help our cause and Ori made a tremendous strike to put us out in front early."
Just over a minute into the game, Kent State (1-2-3) cleared a ball into the Indiana (3-4-1) defensive third of the field to Kerri Krawczak. The junior defender played the ball ahead to Velasquez in the IU attacking third, where she stopped on a dime and moved the ball back to her right foot. As she started back towards the middle of the field just inside the top left corner of the box, she fired a rocket towards the far post, just out of the reach of KSU goalkeeper Kelly Sherwood for her fourth goal of the year at the 1:45 mark in the first half.
It was the second time this season that Indiana has scored within the first two minutes of the game, as Carly Samp did so against Evansville in the season opener. The assist for Krawczak was just the second of her career with the first coming in her freshman season.
Indiana continued to control play in the first half and the defense was up to any challenge that Kent State mounted. When the first half ended, Indiana had a 8-1 advantage in shots and Sherwood was forced to make three saves.
In the second half, Kent State tied the game at 1-1 at the 56:00 mark when Kelly Heaton got behind the IU defense on a pass from Vanessa Salerno and scored her second goal of the season.
The Hoosiers went right back on the attack and kept putting shots towards the Kent State goal, however none were able to find the back of the net. Perhaps the best chance to regain the lead came when Rebecca Candler beat the KSU defender along the endline and rolled a pass to the right foot of Chloe McKay waiting in the box, but the ball rolled over her foot before it was cleared by the Golden Flashes defense.
As similar play happened later in the contest when Leigh Anne Cummings entered the left side of the box and put a nice pass to the feet of Velasquez, but the ball bounced over her foot and she was not able to corral it in time to get a solid shot on goal.
Both teams put together solid chances in the overtime sessions but Sherwood was up to the task in goal for KSU and the IU defenders clamped down as well to keep the Flashes out of the goal.
Lauren Hollandsworth went the distance in goal for IU and did not have to make a save, meanwhile Sherwood made seven saves in goal for Kent State.
Indiana will conclude non-conference play on Sunday at Armstrong Stadium against Central Michigan at 1:00 p.m.
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