Beach Named Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week
Sept. 7, 2009
CHICAGO - The Big Ten Conference announced its weekly award winners and Indiana sophomore Devon Beach was named Co-Offensive Player of the Week, the first weekly award for the native of Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. It the first time since 2007 that the Hoosiers have had a player win offensive player of the week from the Big Ten.
Beach was an offensive catalyst this weekend for the IU women's soccer team as they improved to 5-0-0 to start the year to match the best start in school history set in 1994 and matched in 2000. It is also the best start for the Hoosiers since head coach Mick Lyon took over to start the 2002 season.
The sophomore got the Hoosiers on the board against No. 6 Florida on Friday with a header off a free kick by Chloe McKay that left the UF keeper with no chance to stop the shot. Then, midway through the second overtime period, Beach scooped up a loose ball around midfield and took a couple dribbles before sending a perfect through ball to Leigh Anne Cummings, who found the back of the net for the game winning goal in a 2-1 victory.
The win over #6 Florida was the highest ranked opponent the Hoosiers have ever defeated in program history.
Indiana will look continue its hot start this weekend when it makes the trek to New York for a pair of games, starting at 7 p.m. on Friday against Hofstra. Then on Sunday they travel to St. John's for a 1 p.m. game against the Red Storm.
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