Indiana and Illinois Battle to 1-1 Draw in Conference Action
Oct. 4, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana sophomore Devon Beach put Indiana on the board in the ninth minute but Illinois answered with a goal two minutes later and teams played even the rest of the way and finished in a 1-1 tie. The goal for Beach was her fourth of the season, with Chloe McKay picking up the assist on the play.
Indiana's record goes to 9-3-1 on the year and 1-2-1 in Big Ten play while Illinois goes to 5-4-3 overall and 0-1-2 in conference action.
The Hoosiers took the early lead when McKay played a long through ball from beyond midfield that found Beach sprinting down the middle of the field and put her one-on-one with the Illinois keeper, Alexandra Kapicka. Beach drove in on Kapicka and slotted a ball low and to the right corner of the goal for the marker.
Illinois was able to answer exactly two minutes later when Marissa Mykines took a free kick from 25 yards out and sent a shot towards the upper left corner of the goal, where IU goalkeeper Lindsay Campbell was unable to get to it and knot the score at 1-1.
For the rest of the game, the two teams were able to match each other with limited scoring chances. Indiana had a couple shots early in the second half that went just wide and Illinois put a couple shots on goal that Campbell was easily able to save and keep the game tied.
"In the first half, we were not pressuring them enough when they had the ball," said Indiana head coach Mick Lyon. "But we made some adjustments at halftime and put a lot more pressure on them in the second half and generated a few good scoring chances."
The best opportunity for either team came as the end of the first 10-minute over time period came to a close and Illinois was on the attack. The Illini sent a crossing pass to the far post where it was then one-touched passed Campbell and looked to be going in the goal but another Illini player ended up touching it before it went in the goal and they were whistled for offsides.
Then in the 103rd minute, Indiana freshman Orianica Velasquez Herrera was served a perfect pass from McKay on the right wing and she tried to head it home but was not able to get enough on it to beat Kapicka.
The final stats all indicated that it was a very close game throughout, as the teams had the same number of shots (16). Campbell finished the game with five saves while Kapick had four and the Illinois earned one more corner kick than the Hoosiers, 6-5.
Indiana returns to Armstrong Stadium on Thursday to take on in-state rival Purdue at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free to all home IU women's soccer games this year.
The Big Ten Network will be on hand and will record the game and then air it on a tape-delay basis at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. There will also be point in the Crimson and Gold Cup on the line as well.
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