Oct. 3, 2009

Courtesy of Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Sophomore Carly Samp gathered a crossing pass from Orianica Velasquez Herrera and put home her fourth goal of the season with 21 seconds left give Indiana a 1-0 victory over No. 20/9 Michigan State at Armstrong Stadium on Friday night.

"We played some of the best soccer I have ever seen tonight," Indiana head coach Mick Lyon said afterwards. "We were in complete control of the game and being able to get that goal for the win will certainly give our team a lot of confidence as we push forward in Big Ten play."

The freshman Velasquez Herrera was able to corral a pass in the left corner and send a crossing pass that just cleared the head of a Spartan defender at the far post and fell to the foot of Samp, who gathered it and drilled a shot just under the crossbar for the game-winning goal, her second of the year. For Velasquez Herrera, it was her second assist of the season.

The Spartans (7-1-2, 1-1-0 Big Ten) entered the game as one of four teams without a loss so far in 2009, but it was the Hoosiers (9-3-0, 1-2-0 Big Ten) the controlled play for a majority of the match. In the first half, the Hoosiers held an 11-1 advantage in shots and finished with a 25-5 lead. And the Hoosiers were on the mark with their shots, as MSU keeper Jill Flietstra made 12 saves in the game.

On the other hand, IU sophomore goalkeeper Lindsay Campbell recorded her sixth shutout of the season and 10th of her career to put her all alone in fourth place on the all-time shutouts list at Indiana. It was the fourth time this season that Campbell has posted a shutout without recording a save in the game, thanks to stellar play by the defenders in front of her. And that defense was once again on display on Friday as the Spartans brought in the two leading goal-scorers in the Big Ten in Laura Heyboer (seven goals) and Lauren Hill (eight goals). But the combination of Kelly Lawrence, Kerry Krawczak and Leigh Anne Cummings held the pair to one shot combined in the game.

Earlier in the game, Samp sent one of her seven shots in the game on goal from the right side of the 18-yard box that Flietstra made a diving save on to keep the game scoreless. Then midway through the second half Velasquez Herrera tried her hand at finding the back of the net but Flietstra was up to the task and turned away a pair of blasts that were headed for the upper half of the goal.

The Hoosiers are now 7-0 at Armstrong Stadium this season and 10-0-1 over their last 11 games played at on Yeagley Field dating back to last year.

While the goal with 21 seconds remaining was very late in the game, it is not the latest goal in IU women's soccer history. The all-time record was set in 1996 when the Hoosiers scored on a penalty kick with one second left. And more recently, Indiana forced overtime against USC in 2007 on a goal by Leigh Anne Cummings with just six seconds remaining.

Indiana will welcome Illinois to Armstrong Stadium on Sunday for a 2:00 p.m. start. Admission is free to all IU women's soccer matches this season.