Samp's Goal Lifts Hoosiers to 1-0 Win over Illini
Oct. 19, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - After weeks of hard luck, things turned upward for the Indiana soccer team on Sunday, as Carly Samp's goal in the 83rd minute lifted the Hoosiers to a 1-0 victory over No. 25 Illinois at Armstrong Stadium. Lindsay Campbell had five saves in net for her second career shutout.
Samp's tally at 82:36 gave Indiana (6-10-1, 1-6-1 Big Ten) four points in the weekend - including Friday's tie against Purdue - to remain in the Big Ten Tournament hunt. Christie Kotynski started the play on Sunday's game winner at midfield, sending a long ball toward Chloe McKay along the right side 30 yards out. McKay then sent a one-touch thru ball to a streaking Samp, who drew keeper Alexandra Kapicka out of the net and sent it into the lower left corner for her second goal of the year.
Campbell kept the Hoosiers alive with another strong contest in goal. The Dallas native made five saves in the contest, three in the second half. The final one of the three came in the 79th minute, when Julie Ewing had just been subbed into the game. Ewing took a pass in the six and fired it on frame, but Campbell was perfectly positioned to make the save and kept the Illini (9-7-0, 3-4-0) off the scoreboard.
Illinois came strong out of the locker room in the second half, and posted a pair of grade-A scoring chances early in the frame. Danielle Kot struck the first, firing a ball from near the top of the 18 toward the lower left corner, but Campbell made a diving stop and held on. Just over a minute later, Courtney Bell had a nearly identical play, but struck it more firmly, and this time Campbell knocked it just wide with a brilliant diving stop.
The opening half saw an evenly matched contest in which both teams had few offensive chances. The Hoosiers had several crosses into the box thwarted by strong Illinois defensive plays, while U of I had a couple strong chances coming off its five corners in the opening frame. Campbell made two saves before the break for IU.
The Illini, playing with a full seven days of rest, edged the Hoosiers 9-7 in shots in the game and held a 6-0 advantage in corners. But Campbell's first career Big Ten shutout lifted the Hoosiers to the victory.
Indiana wraps up its regular season next weekend at Armstrong Stadium with contests against Michigan State and Michigan. The Hoosiers and Spartans will do battle at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night, while the Wolverines visit Bloomington for a 2 p.m. Sunday contest.
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