Hoosiers Fall 2-1 to Northwestern in Big Ten Opener
Sept. 24, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana opened Big Ten play on Friday night at Armstrong Stadium with a 2-1 loss at the hands of Northwestern (5-3-2, 1-0-0 Big Ten). Senior Leigh Anne Cummings scored the IU goal in the 11th minute to give the Hoosiers a lead, only to see the Wildcats rally for the win.
"I thought we played some of our best soccer of the season in the first half tonight," Indiana head coach Mick Lyon said after the game. "But we just did not finish the opportunities we had tonight."
Cummings continued the Hoosiers (4-5-1, 0-1-0 Big Ten) recent trend of scoring early when she deposited a shot from outside the box inside the near post following a designed play out of a corner kick. Instead of sending the ball into the six-yard box, Samp sent the corner kick to a wide open Cummings and she took care of the rest. The assist was the third of the year for Samp as she moved into a tie for the team lead in points with 13.
Indiana had little time to celebrate the goal because NU was on the attack and a ball sent in hard on goal by Kate Allen just 16 seconds later evened the score at 1-1.
Indiana made one last push before halftime and the ball found the dangerous right foot of Orianica Velasquez, but NU goalkeeper Carolyn Edwards made a diving save to her left and the rebound was cleared out as the halftime horn sounded.
The Hoosiers had eight shots in the first half to four for Northwestern while the Wildcats drew five corner kicks in the opening stanza to just three for Indiana.
Northwestern then took advantage of a poor clearing attempt by the IU defense and a centering pass from Bo Podkopacz found Jill Dun 15 yards out on the right and she beat IU freshman goalkeeper Shannon Flower to the near post for her first goal of the year and the eventual game-winner.
In the final third of the game, Indiana had their best look at the equalizer when Kaylin Clow, Jocelyn Moses and Darby Hannon each had chances inside the box but the NU defense and goalkeeper Edwards were up to the task and turned away all three chances.
Indiana wraps up its eight-game homestand on Sunday against Wisconsin at 1:00 p.m. at Armstrong Stadium. Fans can watch streaming video of the match LIVE on BigTenNetwork.com (fee required).
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