Aggressive Second Half Play Not Enough in Hoosiers 2-1 Loss to Michigan
Oct. 17, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Orianica Velasquez scored on a penalty kick late in the second half but the Michigan Wolverines (7-2-4, 2-1-2 Big Ten) defeated the Hoosiers (4-10-1, 0-6 Big Ten) by a 2-1 margin on Sunday afternoon at Armstrong Stadium.
"Michigan was able to get an early one on us," Indiana head coach Mick Lyon said, "but we made some adjustments at halftime and played very well in the second half. We gave them a lot of in the second half and had a couple chances to get the equalizer but just could not find the net."
Indiana outshot the Wolverines in the game 12-9 but it was the Wolverines were able to find the back of the net for a pair of tallies.
Trailing 2-0 in the 72nd minute, IU junior midfielder Devon Beach was pulled down from behind trying to get to a centering pass from Jocelyn Moses and the Hoosiers were awarded a penalty kick. Velasquez stepped up and drilled the kick into the lower left side of the goal before the UM keeper could react, cutting the Wolverines lead to 2-1.
A couple minutes later, Velasquez teed up a free kick from just out side the box in the middle of the field but low, driving shot was saved by Michigan keeper Haley Kopmeyer. Kopmeyer finished with six saves in the contest.
Indiana had another golden chance to tie the game in the closing minutes when Darby Hannon beat her defender and sent a crossing pass into the middle of the six-yard box but Moses was unable to get her foot on it and the ball rolled through the box and was cleared away.
The Wolverines broke into the scoring column at the 4:54 mark of the first half on a second ball sent in following a corner kick. Amanda Bowery picked up the goal, her second of the year, and Jackie Carron was credited with the assist. Then four minutes into the second half, the Wolverines struck again, this time it was Clare Stachel with the marker and Sheline Zadorsky with the helper.
Just as a number of other teams at IU have done this month, the women's soccer team joined the fight to help raise awareness for breast cancer on Sunday by wearing pink shorts with their white uniform tops. It was all part of the "Hoosiers Play for a Cure" campaign.
Indiana will be back on the road next weekend with a road trip to Iowa City to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes. The game will start at 3:00 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.
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