Women's Soccer

    Hoosiers Travel to Big Apple For Two Games

    Go Hoosiers! Kaylin Clow
    Go Hoosiers!
    Kaylin Clow
    Go Hoosiers!

    Sept. 10, 2009


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    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.

    Indiana improved to 5-0 with wins over No. 6 Florida and on the road against Mercer. The 5-0 start matches the best start in program history set in 1994 and matched in 2000. Furthermore, if the victories in the final three games last year are added to that, it increases the active winning streak to eight games, which is the second-longest such streak in school history. The longest streak is 14 games, which covered the final nine games of the 1993 season and the first five of the 1994 season.

    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.

    The Pride are off to a 2-2 start with wins over Richmond and Princeton and a losses to Yale and Virginia. The game against the Hoosiers will be the home opener for Hofstra after starting the season with four road games.

    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.

    The Red Storm got off to a 3-0 start but faltered last week in a 2-1 loss to Princeton to drop out of the NSCAA rankings. But it will be hard to get the Red Storm down as they have 16 seniors on the roster this year, giving head coach Ian Stone ample experience to fall back on.

    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.

    The Hoosiers have been far from a one-man show this season, as six different players have scored at least one goal. Additionally, six players have either two goals or two assists and nine players in all have scored a point.

    A pair of sophomores lead the team in goals scored, as Carly Samp and Devon Beach both have two goals and two assists to their credit as well as a game-winning goal.

    Sophomore forward Devon Beach has joined teammate Carly Samp in getting off to a quick start in their second season in the Cream and Crimson. She assisted on Orianica Velasquez Herrera's first collegiate goal against Evansville after scoring her first goal of the season earlier in the match. The Sarnia, Ontario native would go on to register a second three point game against No. 6 Florida. She got IU on the board early in the second half with a header off a free kick by Chloe McKay. And then later she sent a beautiful through ball to Cummings who beat the UF keeper for the game-winner and a win over against the highest ranked team in program history.

    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.

    Sophomore forward Carly Samp has been a leader in the offensive third of the field for Indiana so far this season. She has two goals and two assists to her credit to up her career totals to four and five, respectively.

    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.

    Freshman forward Orianica Velasquez Herrera wasted little time in getting into the scoring column for the Hoosiers. The native of Bogota, Colombia found the back of the net from 25 yards out in her first career game on Friday. Then on Sunday she made a marvelous pass over her head to Carly Samp who gathered it in stride and deposited it in the back of the net for the winning tally.

    Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium has been a daunting place for opponents under head coach Mick Lyon. In his seven years, the Hoosiers have posted a 43-16-6 record at home overall and 19-11-5 in Big Ten play. This year, IU will play 11 matches in Armstrong, the most since 2007 when they went 9-1-1 and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Indiana also opened the regular season with four consecutive home games, the first time that has happened since 1993 when the Hoosiers hosted five straight home games to start the year. The year was also the first year that women's soccer was a varsity sport at Indiana.

    Entering the season, the Hoosiers' defense had a scoreless streak that dated back to the final three games of the 2008 season. They did not allowed a goal in the last 330:58 of regular season play last year and with shutouts of Wright State, Evansville and Central Michigan this season, was able to extend that streak to 600:58.

    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.

    Junior Leigh Anne Cummings has had a knack for making her goals count over two-plus season at Indiana. To date, she has seven goals to her credit and five of them have been of the game-winning variety.

    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.

    Shortly after the Gators benefitted from an own goal by the Hoosiers, sophomore goalkeeper Lindsay Campbell was injured in a collision with a Florida player and was replaced by Lauren Hollandsworth. For some teams, the backup goalkeeper does not have much experience but that is certainly not the case for Hollandsworth.

    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.

    Fans can watch the IU women's soccer team on television twice this season. The home match against rival Purdue on Oct. 8 will be on the Big Ten Network, however it will not be aired until Oct. 10 at 5:30 p.m. The second game will be Oct. 18 at Michigan, when the Hoosiers and Wolverines do battle. That game will also be aired on a tape-delay basis as the game will be played at 2 p.m. and aired at 4 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.




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