Hoosiers Earn First Big Ten Win After Second Half Rally Against Nebraska
Sept. 25, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Playing in a steady rain the entire game, the Indiana Hoosiers (5-5-1, 1-2 Big Ten) scored a pair of second half goals to post a come-from-behind win against the Nebraska Cornhuskers (5-4-1, 2-1 Big Ten) in their first trip to Bloomington as a member of the Big Ten Conference. Orianica Velasquez scored the equalizer in the 71st minute and Devon Beach put home the winning marker in the 81st minute for the Hoosiers.
"The best thing about this team is that they believed in how well they were playing the last couple games, despite the 1-0 losses," Indiana head coach Mick Lyon said. "They believe they are a good team and they showed it today in the win against Nebraska."
The comeback win is the second of the year for the Hoosiers after doing so against Western Michigan at the Notre Dame adidas Invitational on Sept. 2. It is the first comeback win in Big Ten play since trailing 2-0 at Iowa on Oct. 24, 2010, but coming back to win 3-2 in overtime.
Nebraska came out of the locker room for the second half and put pressure on the IU goal immediately. They made it pay off in the 50th minute when Stacy Bartels' header found the back of the goal with the assist going to Morgan Marlborough and Molly Thomas, giving the Huskers a 1-0 lead.
Indiana responded with Velasquez left foot in the 71st minute. Senior Carly Samp chipped a ball in over the defense that Velasquez ran onto and took a touch before blasting a shot inside the upper left corner of the goal to tie the game at 1-1. It was the team-leading sixth goal of the season for Velasquez and the second assist of the year for Samp.
Almost exactly 10 minutes later, Lisa Nouanesengsy had the ball end up at her feet following a cross from the left side. As she turned to put a shot on goal, she didn't catch all of it from 10 yards out and the ball went right to the foot of Beach, who drilled it into the back of the goal from inside the six-yard box for her first goal of the season. It is the second assist of the season for Nouanesengsy.
The game-winning goal for Beach is the second of her career, with the other game-winner coming in a 3-0 win over Evansville on Aug. 28, 2009, in Evansville.
The Huskers continued their push toward the Indiana goal in the final 10 minutes but the Hoosiers were up to the tasks, turning away all of the attempts.
Lindsay Campbell made three saves in goal for the Hoosiers to pick up the win.
For Samp, the assist was the 12th of her career to move her into a tie for seventh on the career assists list at Indiana. The goal by Velasquez is the 17th of her career to move her into a tie for fifth on the all-time goals scored list at IU with Samp and Abby Ryan.
Indiana continues Big Ten play next weekend on the road at Illinois and Northwestern.
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