Women's Soccer Finishes Strong Spring Campaign
April 22, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's soccer team completed its 2008 spring campaign with a resounding, 5-1 win over Wright State on Saturday. Aleah DeGeneres and Kristin Arnold each scored a pair of goals in the victory, as the Hoosiers finished off a strong spring schedule with a record of 3-1-2.
IU took a 1-0 lead into halftime thanks to DeGeneres' first goal of the spring. The freshman from Littleton, Colo., who missed all of the 2007 season with an injury, took a through ball up the middle and blasted a shot into the left corner at the 30:44 mark to make it 1-0.
After the break, the Hoosiers wasted no time in adding to the lead, as DeGeneres netted her second goal of the game at 47:21. The forward got a ball in the middle of the field and lofted a shot over the keeper's head and into the net to make it 2-0. But Wright State struck right back 2:38 later, as Amy Miller pounced on a loose ball and buried it behind Lauren Hollandsworth to make it 2-1 with just over 40 minutes remaining.
From there, Arnold took the game in her own hands, scoring a pair of goals in a span of 3:15. In the 65th minute, she came in on the left side and chipped a ball into the left corner just out of the keeper's reach to make it 3-1. The score increased to 4-1 with 32:01 to play, as she blasted a shot from 20 yards out off the crossbar and in from the left side to make it 4-1.
Liz Holby put the icing on the victory with a rebound goal at 72:15. Off a blocked shot, Holby came in on the right side and put home a point-blank shot past the helpless keeper to make it 5-1 in favor of the home squad. Arnold led the team with four goals in the spring, while DeGeneres, Leigh Anne Cummings and Jocelyn Moses each had two goals in the campaign.
Indiana was ranked 21st in the final National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll of the 2007 season. The Hoosiers finished the season 13-7-3, including a trip to the third round of the NCAA Tournament, the furthest the Hoosiers had ever gone in the postseason. The Hoosiers return eight starters from last year's team.
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