Babcock Delivers in Overtime
September 17, 2004
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Redshirt freshman Jenna Babcock picked a great time for her first collegiate goal, as the Indiana women's soccer team downed Minnesota 2-1 in overtime at Armstrong Stadium on Friday night.
Babcock, who missed last season with a torn ACL, capitalized on a Minnesota mistake in the box and kicked in the game-winner at 99:14 in overtime.
"Coach put me in because we needed fresh legs," said Babcock. "Kristin (Radcliffe) fed me a great ball and I just so happened to be in the right place at the time. It feels amazing to be back on the field after not having played last year."
The Golden Gophers were ready to clear the ball out of the box, but goalie Molly Schneider was then distracted by Radcliffe. The ball got by the keeper and went right to Babcock who put it right between the pipes for the score.
"It was an important game for us," said head coach Mick Lyon. "We talk a lot about improving on last year and last year we lost to Minnesota."
Once again Indiana seemed to dominate the match, out shooting Minnesota 21-3, including a 7-1 margin on shots on goal.
Despite the advantage on offense, the Golden Gophers did score first to take a 1-0 lead. Laura Hoppe took a pass from Becky Dellaria and got it by IU goalkeeper Lauren Fabbro just inside the 20-minute mark.
IU answered back just 42-seconds later. Radcliffe got free from the Minnesota defense and put in her second goal of the year. Sophomore Ali Brown assisted on the play.
"We talked at the half about being more patient with our shots and try to play more soccer," said Lyon. "We had a lot of opportunities to score, but we needed to get closer and stop taking the 22-23 yard shot. That does not make the goalie move around."
Defense by both teams controlled the second half of play. IU attempted only five shots, compared to 14 in the first half. Minnesota had just one shot on goal in the second stanza. Coach Lyon was pleased with his team's defensive effort.
"Our back looked great tonight. We did some good things out there and we were able to keep a real tough team to just one goal."
Indiana improved to 5-1, 1-0 in the Big Ten, while Minnesota fell to 3-3, 0-1 in the conference.
"We found a way to win tonight, said Lyon. " One of our goals is to be undefeated in the Big Ten at home, and we were able to start conference play off on a good note."
The Cream and Crimson return to the field on Sunday, Sept. 19, as the Hoosiers host Iowa. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.
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