Hoosiers Travel to Big Apple For Two Games
Sept. 10, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
The Indiana women's soccer team (5-0-0) puts it perfect start to the season on the line this weekend in a pair of games around New York City. On Friday, the Hofstra Pride welcome the Hoosiers before a Sunday tilt with St. John's.
LAST TIME OUT...
Against the Gators, Devon Beach put home a header early in the second half to give IU a 1-0 lead. However, an own goal tied the game at 1-1 just a few minutes later. The teams would head to a second overtime period still tied before junior Leigh Anne Cummings took a pass from Beach and deposited it into the back of the net for the 2-1 victory. The win also marked the highest ranked opponent the Hoosiers have ever defeated. The last time the Hoosiers had defeated a ranked opponent was Oct. 17, 2007, with a 1-0 win over the Illini.
Two days later, the Hoosiers were on the road and faced with a 1-0 deficit against the Mercer Bears. But that's when senior defender Kelly Lawrence took over, handing out a pair of assists in the second half to lead Indiana to a 2-1 victory. The first assist came on a free kick that found the head of Carly Samp for her second goal of the year. Then Lawrence made a 70-yard drive up the sideline before sending a low cross to the top of the six-yard box that was redirected into the goal by Christie Kotynski for her first goal of the season.
A LOOK AT HOFSTRA
Courtney Breen has come through in crunch time for the Pride, as she has delivered the game-winning goal in both of their wins so far this season. And just like Indiana and Kelly Lawrence, the Pride have a skilled defender in Jess Crankshaw. She has 17 assists in her career to put her in a four-way tie for fourth place on the school's all-time list.
A LOOK AT ST. JOHN'S
On the offensive end, C.J. Ludeman lead the team with five points (1 G, 3 A) while Vaila Barsley is right behind with four points (2 G) along with Raelynne Lee (1 G, 2 A).
In goal, Kristin Russell has played every minute for St. John's and has a 0.74 GAA while making 12 saves and posting a pair of shutouts.
KEEPING IT BALANCED
LIFE'S A BEACH
For her efforts this past week, Beach was named Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week, the first time since October 2007 that Indiana had a player receive a weekly offensive award from the conference. She was also named to Soccer America's Team of the Week and CollegeSoccer360.com Primetime Performers of the Week on Sept. 8.
SAMP OF APPROVAL
Samp collected her first assist of the year in the season opener as she sent a crossing pass to Cummings, who deposited it in the back of the net. She followed it up the next game with an assist on Jocelyn Moses' goal to make it 3-0 against Evansville. She would finally get into the scoring column against Central Michigan, when she got a one-touch pass from Orianica Velasquez Herrera and held off the CMU defender to score what would prove to be the game-winner, the second of her career. Samp then matched her goal output from last year with her goal against Mercer last weekend.
RIGHT FROM THE START
THE COMFORTS OF HOME
But the sixth ranked Florida Gators were able to put an end to that streak with a little help from the Hoosiers. In the 58th minute, Indiana allowed an own goal to end the shutout streak at 658:37 minutes, which ranks as the second-longest in school history.
And technically, since the Hoosiers scored an own goal to end the shutout streak, an opponent still had not scored on Indiana since last year. But Mercer was able to score at the 39:48 mark to end that streak at 755:48 minutes.
The school record is eight consecutive shutouts set in 1993 and the school record for longest shutout streak, in terms of minutes, is 808:34 minutes, also set in 1993.
"CUMMINGS" UP CLUTCH
It started in her freshman season when she had four goals and three of the were the game-winning tallies. She scored the decisive goal against Samford, Butler and Minnesota. Then as a sophomore, the Levittown, N.Y., native scored the winner against Michigan State. And this season she posted the most dramatic game-winner with a marker in the 115th minute against then-No. 6 Florida to give the Hoosiers a 2-1 win and in the process, defeated the highest ranked opponent in program history.
HELP WHEN IT'S NEEDED THE MOST Sophomore Devon Beach doesn't have the most glaring statistics through her first year-plus as a Hoosiers, but she has certainly made the most of the stats she does have. For example, through 24 games played, she has five assists, which doesn't seem like much. But when you look at when they occurred, that's where the importance take effect.
She assisted on Christie Kotynski's game-winner against George Mason last year and then scored a goal and had an assist on Liz Holby's game-winning mark against Loyola (Md.). She then assisted on Leigh Anne Cummings' winning goal against Michigan State. And then this year, she once again found Cummings for the game-winner against then-No. 6 Florida.
In addition to those assists that show up on the stat sheet, she drew a foul in the box against Tennessee that led to Kelly Lawrence's PK game-winner last season.
CALLING FOR BACKUP
The junior played over 2100 minutes as a freshmen on her way to a 13-7 record and six shutouts to go along with a 1.35 GAA. Last year she played in seven games for a total of 550 minutes and logged three more wins and a shutout. And this season, she has filled in nicely by allowing just one goal in 138:22 minutes while making three saves and picking up a pair of wins.
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