Women's Soccer Bested by Duke in NCAA Tournament
Nov. 25, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's soccer team was defeated by Duke, 2-0, in the NCAA Round of 16 on Sunday. The Hoosiers finish the 2007 season with a 13-7-3 record after making the first trip to the third round of the NCAA Tournament in school history.
"It was a bit of a surprise, probably, that we got this far - the surprise not being that we didn't deserve it, but how well we started to jell together as a team," head coach Mick Lyon said. "The longer the season went, the better we got, and that was a nice surprise. I'm just very proud. To put that much effort in for four months and see the development of players, you're proud like a father with a daughter."
The Blue Devils got on the board first in the final 10 minutes of the first half. With under five minutes to play in the half, Duke was awarded a free kick from just outside the box on the near side. C.J. Ludemann took the kick and sent it to the far post, where KayAnne Gummersall headed it inside the post for her first goal of the season to give the Blue Devils a 1-0 lead at 40:50.
Indiana had one of its best chances in the 54th minute, when a ball played into the box was cleared to Kristin Arnold just outside the 18. The sophomore drove a shot high to the far side and saw it go just wide of the post as the Blue Devils retained their 1-0 edge.
"They played a high, flat line," Arnold said of the Blue Devil defense. "In the midfield they put a lot of pressure on us and it was hard to get those long balls in behind them. We did a good job of getting through them and getting to the end line and winning ourselves corner kicks. We just were unlucky to not get a few bounces here and there and they got theirs and that's the game."
Duke made it 2-0 off the resiliency of Ludemann. The sophomore tried to play a ball wide to Elisabeth Redmond on the near side, but her initial pass was broken up by the Indiana defense. Ludemann followed up on the play, though, and found a streaking Redmond behind the defense and sent Duke's leading scorer in alone on keeper Lauren Hollandsworth. Redmond then drew Hollandsworth off the near post and sent a shot to the near side that just stayed out of the freshman's reach to make it a two-goal lead at 62:16.
"This team has come very far in four years," senior co-captain Katy Stewart said. "I'm really proud to be part of the group that is making the history here. I think we've got a lot of talent. Being a senior on this team, it's been really exciting for me. I know these girls are going to do well in the next three, four years. It's great to be on the team that's starting the run."
The Hoosiers turned up the pressure on the Blue Devils, unleashing five more shots before the end of the contest, but keeper Allison Lipsher kept IU off the scoreboard, making two saves to post her second consecutive shutout in the NCAA Tournament.
The Blue Devils will take on Notre Dame in the Women's College Cup quarterfinals on Friday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. EST.
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