Indiana Topples Michigan 1-0 in Season Finale
Oct. 26, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Kristin Arnold's goal in the 47th minute was all that the Indiana women's soccer team needed in a 1-0 victory over Michigan in the 2008 season finale for the Hoosiers. Lindsey Campbell made six saves in her third straight shutout for the Hoosiers, as Indiana finished its season by going undefeated in the final four games (3-0-1).
Unfortunately for the Hoosiers, with Illinois' 2-0 victory over Ohio State on Sunday, IU has been eliminated from the Big Ten Tournament. Indiana is currently tied for eighth in the Big Ten standings with a 3-6-1 conference record (8-10-1), but Iowa wins the tiebreaker with IU and gets an automatic bid as the tournament host. This is the first time in head coach Mick Lyon's tenure that the Hoosiers have missed the Big Ten Tournament.
"I am so very proud of these girls," Lyon said. "They faced adversity with injuries and numerous 1-0 decisions that were all heartbreakers. Yet at no point did they quit or complain. They showed true Hoosier heart and IU should be proud of this team. Finishing the year by beating Michigan, Michigan State and Illinois and tying Purdue while starting four freshmen and four sophomores without a senior on the team was fantastic. Look out for Indiana in 2009."
Arnold's goal broke a scoreless tie between the two teams. Jessica Boots fed the ball along the right side to Leigh Anne Cummings, who moved to the upper right corner of the 18 and fed a pass to Arnold at the top of the box. The junior then blasted a shot to the upper left corner to score her second goal of the season at 46:55.
The Hoosiers controlled play for much of the next 25 minutes, but the Wolverines began to apply pressure in the final 10 minutes of action. Michigan unleashed five shots in the final 7:13, with three of those attempts going on frame. But Campbell came through every time, including a clutch save with just two seconds on the clock to finish off the victory for Indiana.
The two teams played a scoreless opening 45 minutes, as the Wolverines continually filled the box with defenders. In response, the Hoosiers fired from the outside, taking eight shots and putting three on frame, but keeper Madison Gates was able to turn away all of them to keep the game scoreless into the half.
With no seniors and just seven juniors on the team, the Hoosiers had one of the youngest squads in the Big Ten in 2008, finishing the season 8-10-1 with a 3-6-1 conference record. All 10 of IU's conference games were decided by a single goal, with six of the games having the decisive goal scored after the 78th minute of action.
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