Cummings' Winner Sends Hoosiers Past MSU, 1-0
Oct. 24, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Leigh Anne Cummings netted her first goal of the season in the 51st minute and the Indiana defense held a vaunted Michigan State offense to just one shot on goal in a 1-0 victory on Friday. Lindsay Campbell saved the only attempt on frame she faced for her second straight shutout as the Hoosiers improved to 7-10-1 (2-6-1 Big Ten). MSU fell to 13-5-0 (5-4-0) with the loss.
After missing on a strong opportunity in the first half, Cummings made a brilliant play to score the game winner. Devon Beach sent a long ball to the sophomore inside the 18, and Cummings played it forward around the defense. Keeper Lindsey Wrege came out to cut down the angle, but the Levittown, N.Y., native placed the ball perfectly, as it glanced off the left post and in at 50:39.
The Hoosiers had another impressive opportunity just a few minutes later, this one coming off a corner kick in the 56th. Kirsta Kellin played the ball in off the corner to Christie Kotynski, who returned it to Kellin near the far corner of the 18. The freshman then sent a floater into the box that Taylor Fallon headed toward the upper portion of the net. The ball glanced off the crossbar and down, but Wrege picked the ball up just before it crossed the line to avert disaster.
From there on, the Spartans picked up the pressure, and had a strong opportunity in the 59th. But Courtney Shegos' shot went just wide right after a good cross, and MSU was unable to convert. Katelin Chaklos had a fine strike of her own in the 66th from 25 yards, but the ball carried just above the frame for a goal kick. The Spartans outshot the Hoosiers 8-6 in the game, with each team putting one strike on goal.
IU caught a good break early in the game as Laura Heyboer had a sparkling opportunity in the ninth minute. A nice pass from Lauren Hill sent Heyboer toward the six, but Campbell cut down the angle and forced Heyboer - who leads the nation with 18 goals - to shoot wide to the left.
The Hoosiers were not without their own scoring chances, though, as Kristin Arnold nearly gave the Hoosiers a lead just two minutes after entering the game. In the 37th, Arnold took a ball from 30 yards and sent a bender toward the upper corner. Wrege backpedaled and jumped, but the ball caromed off the crossbar and back out. Cummings was there to pick it up on a bounce, but the spinning ball rolled over the end line for a goal kick, and the teams entered the locker room in a scoreless tie.
Indiana is back in action for its regular season finale on Sunday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. IU takes on Michigan starting at 2 p.m., with live stats available through GameTracker on IUHoosiers.com.
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