Cummings' Game-Winner In OT Shoots Indiana Past No. 6 Florida
Sept. 5, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Junior Leigh Anne Cummings' fifth career game-winning goal propelled the Indiana women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over No. 6 University of Florida (3-1-0) on Friday afternoon at Armstrong Stadium. And No. 6 ranking by Florida is the highest ranked opponent the Hoosiers have ever defeated since they started play as a varsity sport in 1993.
The last time the Hoosiers (4-0-0) defeated a ranked opponent was Oct. 19, 2008 when they defeated #25 Illinois, 1-0. The Hoosiers were able to advance against No. 8 Purdue in the NCAA Tournament in 2007, however the game ended in a 0-0 tie and the Hoosiers advanced via penalty kicks. Indiana also defeated then-No. 13 USC at home on Sept. 9, 2007, and the Trojans went on to claim the NCAA National Championship.
"I think Leigh Anne's goal kind of summed up the match," Indiana head coach Mick Lyon said of the game-winner. "The extra effort that was required is what made the difference and put us on top today. Devon's extra effort to get the ball first and then to get it to Leigh was tremendous. And we train every day to shoot to the far post and it ended up working out well for us."
The play began when freshman Hannah Davidson controlled the ball near midfield and lost her footing. Sophomore Devon Beach came racing by and took the ball from Davidson and proceeded up the right sideline. After a couple dribbles, she sent a perfect lead pass to Cummings towards the box. Cummings gathered the pass and held off the defender as she headed towards the goal before firing a low shot to the far post that got past UF goalkeeper Katie Fraine for the winning tally.
The first Indiana goal came in the 58th minute off a free kick from just inside midfield. Junior Chloe McKay sent a perfect pass in towards the middle of the box and seemed to have eyes as it perfectly found the head of Beach, who beat Fraine to the far post for her second goal of the year. For McKay, it was her second assist of the season.
"She had been working very hard before she got the ball," Beach said of Cummings' goal, "and her run was timed perfectly. And her shot is something that we work on all the time so that was exciting."
The Hoosiers caught an unfortunate break in 62nd minute when a clearing attempt was popped in front of the goal. The ball appeared to be coming down into the hands of sophomore goalkeeper Lindsay Campbell, however the spin on the ball allowed it to slip out of her hands and into the goal for an own goal and tied the game at 1-1.
The Hoosiers also had a golden scoring chance in the 16th minute when Carly Samp broke in on goal all alone and flicked a shot to the right side, but Fraine was up to the task and made a diving save to keep the game scoreless.
Indiana is back out on the pitch on Sunday for its first road game of the season, as they travel to Mercer University in Athens, Ga., for a battle with the Bears starting at 11:30 a.m.