Hoosiers Erase Two-Goal Deficit, Earn 3-2 OT Win at Iowa
Oct. 24, 2010
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Senior Leigh Anne Cummings scored the first IU goal and then assisted on Carly Samp's game-winning goal in the 94th minute to lead the Hoosiers (5-10-1, 1-6 Big Ten) to a 3-2 road win against the Iowa Hawkeyes (7-8-2, 0-6-1 Big Ten). Orianica Velasquez registered the tying goal in the second half to continue the IU comback effort.
"The difference in the game today was that after we were down by two goals, I could tell that the girls decided right there that they were not going lose this game," Indiana head coach Mick Lyon said. "They were determined to make the comeback and I think we wanted the win a little bit more than they did."
Freshman goalkeeper Shannon Flower picked up her first collegeiate win in goal for the Hoosiers, making three saves and turning away a couple other dangerous scoring chances by the Hawkeyes.
"We have been working very hard with Shannon on taking control of the back line and she did an excellent job in the second half and that was the difference," Lyon said.
Iowa got on the board less than four minutes into the game on Morgan Showalter's fourth goal of the season. Then in the 35th minute Jenna Aleo gave Iowa a 2-0 lead on Mandy Heimann's second assist of the game.
Just four minutes later, Cummings was on the receiving end of a cross from Devon Beach and she beat the Iowa keeper to the near post to cut the deficit to 2-1.
Indiana continued to pressure the Iowa goal and it carried over into the second half. In the 57th minute Velasquez pressured the Iowa defenders and gathered a loose ball and promptly found the net at the far post for her seventh goal of the season to tie the game a 2-2.
Neither team was able to dent the scoreboard the remainder of regulation so the game went to overtime. Less than a minute into the overtime session, the Hawkeyes had a header attempt hit the crossbar and the follow-up rebound sail over the crossbar.
The Hoosiers responded just over three minutes later when Velasquez sent Cummings in behind the Hawkeye defense with a pass over the top. Cummings beat the first defender and made her way towards the endline before dropping a pass to the far post where Samp was waiting to punch home the game-winner.
Indiana will continue Big Ten play Thursday when they travel to Penn State to take on the Nittany Lions at 7:00 p.m. The game is scheduled to be carried LIVE on BigTenNetwork.com (subscription required).
Cummings' three-point game was the first of her career. For most of the season she has played the left side of the defense but was inserted into an attacking midfield position for this game and responded.
The last time Indiana came back from a two-goal deficit was Sept. 11, 2009, at Hofstra. In that game, the Hoosiers scored two goals in the final nine minutes and then got the game-winner in the second overtime period.
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