Indiana Plays Well, Comes Up Just Short At No. 21 Illinois
Oct. 3, 2010
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - For the second time in as many games this weekend on the road, the Indiana women's soccer team played well enough to win the game and had enough chances on goal but hit the post twice and, in the end, lost to No. 21 Illinois (9-2-0, 2-1-0 Big Ten) by a score of 2-1 on Sunday afternoon. Carly Samp scored her sixth goal of the season for Indiana.
"We had really good chances to score early in the game today and hit the post," Indiana head coach Mick Lyon said. "The team is really playing hard and playing some really good soccer, unfortunately the results are not reflecting that. But we will continue to work on the little things and get back on the right track."
The Hoosiers (4-8-1, 0-4-0 Big Ten) jumped out the gate quick, putting pressure on the Illini. At the 5:57 mark, Orianica Velasquez hit the crossbar with a rocket shot and then at 22:22 Samp hit the post with her shot.
Then with less than six minutes remaining in the first half, Illinois' Megan Pawloski took a pass inside the box and beat IU freshman goalkeeper Shannon Flower with a shot to the lower left corner to give the Illini a 1-0 lead. Less than two minutes later the Illini struck again and it was Pawloski with her second of the game, this time on a header over Flower's head.
In the 55th minute, Carly Samp was pressuring the Illinois defenders as they tried to clear the zone. The pressure paid off when Samp stole the ball in the box and deposited the shot into the upper right corner of the goal to bring IU back to within a goal.
But the Hoosiers were not able to find the equalizer over the final 35 minutes and fell to 0-4-0 in conference play.
The Hoosiers will continue conference road play this week when they travel to Purdue on Thursday. The game is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m. and a full point in the AT&T Crimson and Gold Cup will be on the line.
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