Women's Soccer Loses Heartbreaker to OSU
Sept. 28, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, IND. - The Indiana women's soccer team lost a heartbreaker to Ohio State on Sunday, 1-0. Courtney Jenkins netted the lone goal in the 79th minute as Ohio State (4-4-2, 1-0-0 Big Ten) won its Big Ten opener. Lindsay Campbell played the entire game in net for Indiana (5-6-0, 0-2-0), notching a pair of saves.
Jenkins' lone goal came off a lucky break for the Buckeyes. Paige Maxwell played the ball deep along the right side to Jenkins, who cut across toward the six. Jenkins then sent a cross to the back post, but the ball deflected off the head of Christie Kotynski and into the goal at 78:20 to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
From then on, the Buckeyes were able to salt away the victory. The Hoosiers did get off three shots, but only one of those was taken from a grade-A scoring position. That shot, off the foot of Carly Samp, was blocked by an OSU defender in the 90th minute, and in the ensuing scramble Indiana was whistled for a foul, essentially ending IU's chance for a tying score.
The Hoosiers carried play in the first half, holding an 8-4 edge in shots and a 5-1 advantage in corners. IU had several nice serves into the box off corners, but repeatedly the OSU defense and keeper Lauren Robertson were able to make strong clears to keep the game scoreless. Indiana unleashed six shots in the opening 17 minutes of action, with Robertson making a pair of saves during the span.
Nearly the entirety of the second half was played at midfield, though each team came through with a few chances. Maxwell had perhaps the best opportunity, getting a header on net off a long cross into the box, but Campbell came through with a strong save in keeping OSU off the scoreboard in the 57th minute.
IU is back in action next weekend, when it hits the road for a pair of conference contests. The Hoosiers will play at Iowa on Friday at 7 p.m. CDT/8 p.m. EDT before heading to Minneapolis, Minn., for a noon kickoff against Minnesota.
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