Indiana Stays Perfect at Home With 2-0 Win Against Green Bay
Sept. 18, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The 22nd-ranked Indiana women's soccer team upped its record to 8-1 on the season with a 2-0 win over Green Bay at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Friday night thanks to a pair of goals by freshman Orianica Velasquez Herrera. The Hoosiers also improved to 6-0 at home this season with the win, the most wins at home since 2007.
Velasquez Herrera got the Hoosiers on the board at the 14:26 mark by putting home a blocked shot for her third goal of the season. Christie Kotynski took a shot from 15 yards out on the left side that was blocked by a Green Bay (2-5) defender and rolled right to the left foot of Velasquez Herrera, who put it in the back of the net. Kotynski was credited with the assist, the third of the year for her.
Through the middle of the game neither team was able to mount much of a consistent attack until the Hoosiers were able to put a nice combination play together. Chloe McKay controlled a loose ball around 30 yards from the Green Bay goal and played a soft pass to the feet of Velasquez Herrera, who then sent a one-touch pass to Carly Samp. Samp then returned the favor and sent a lead pass through the defense that Velasquez Herrera tracked down inside the far left side of the box. As she turned towards the goal, she was taken down from behind inside the box and the official awarded a penalty kick. It would be Velasquez Herrera that stepped up an took the kick and promptly deposited it in the lower left side of the goal past the diving Phoenix keeper for her fourth goal of the year, and third in the last two games.
The last time IU scored on a penalty kick was Sept. 7, 2008 against Cal Poly.
"To close out the non-conference part of our schedule, this was a nice win," Indiana head coach Mick Lyon said. "But now we are going into our Big Ten schedule and things are going to get much more challenging. So we are going to rest up and come out ready to go on Friday against Northwestern."
Velasquez Herrera nearly scored her third goal late in the game as she sent a left-footed drive on goal that Aliena Debelak was able to deflect up and over the crossbar.
The Indiana defenders were at it once again on Friday at Armstrong, not allowing the Phoenix to get a shot off the entire game, the first time in school history that an opponent has not registered a shot in a game. Meanwhile, Indiana had six shots in each half and drew five corner kicks to three for Green Bay. Sophomore Lindsay Campbell posted her fifth shutout of the year in goal, surpassing her total from 2008.
Indiana starts Big Ten play on Friday when it travels to Northwestern starting at 7:30 p.m. Central time.
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