No. 19 Indiana Falls In Closing Minutes in 3-2 Loss at Wisconsin
Sept. 27, 2009
MADISON, Wis. - The 19th ranked IU Women's Soccer (8-3-0, 0-2 Big Ten) team suffered a tough 3-2 loss on the road to Wisconsin (5-4-2, 1-0-1 Big Ten) on Sunday at McClimon Field. Devon Beach and Carly Samp both had a goal and assist in the losing effort for the Hoosiers.
"We dominated play in the first half and outshot them considerably," said IU head coach Mick Lyon, "but the second half was more evenly matched. We made added an couple more attackers after we got down by two goals and were able to tie it. But Wisconsin made a good strike at the end and we were not able to stop it."
Indiana dominated play in the first half, recording nine shots to just one for the Badgers. The Hoosiers also drew three corners to two for Wisconsin as both teams went to the locker room scoreless.
In the second half, Wisconsin came out firing and ended the half with 11 shots to eight for Indiana and their aggressive play paid off early as Laurie Nosbusch netted her first goal of the season when she collected a rebound and put it in just inside the far post to give Wisconsin a 1-0 lead in the 52nd minute. Nosbusch was back at in the 73rd minute when she punched in a cross for her second goal of the game to give Wisconsin a commanding 2-0 lead with just 17 minutes remaining.
But Indiana would not go away and the looked to make another rousing comeback on the road just as they did at Hofstra ealier this season. In the 73rd minute Carly Samp sent a crossing pass in front of the goal that found the head of a diving Devon Beach for the third goal of the season for Beach.
Just three minutes later it would be Beach that would make a long run up the sideline, beating four Wisconsin players on her way to the box where she then dropped the ball off to Samp who beat the UW keeper from point-blank range to tie the game and re-energize the Hoosiers for the closing minutes.
"Devon had an amazing individual effort on our second goal. Just when it looked like she was going to have the ball taken away she held onto it and beat another player to put Carly in position for the goal," said Lyon.
Wisconsin continued to put pressure on the Hoosier defense in the closing minutes and after drawing a pair of corner kicks with less than three minutes remaining, Nosbusch broke loose again and put home the game-winner, her third goal of the game.
Redshirt freshman Lex Dickison made her first start in goal for Indiana and made three saves.
Indiana will host a pair of Big Ten opponents this week starting with a Friday night game against Michigan State, starting at 7:30 p.m. Then on Sunday the Hoosiers play host to Illinois at 2:00 p.m. All IU women's soccer games are played at Armstrong Stadium and admission in free of admission.
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