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Hoosiers unable to score until late in home losses

Women's Soccer v. Hofstra

IU women’s soccer coach Mick Lyon sat on the bench for an exceptionally long time before summoning the Hoosiers for a brief conclusion after IU loss to Hofstra, 3-1, on Sunday.

Lyon said the first half of the game was probably the worst first half this season.

“We didn’t even do enough to come close to win that game,” he said.

But this was not the only bad first half the Hoosiers had played so far this season.

In IU’s loss to Nebraska on Sept. 4, the only Hoosier goal came late in the second half when the Cornhuskers were already leading by three goals.

The same thing happened in Friday’s 5-2 loss to No. 7 Texas A&M.

It took the Aggies just 26 minutes after the opening whistle to take a 3-0 lead.

Two Hoosier forwards, junior Carly Samp and sophomore Orianica Velasquez, scored in the first seven minutes of the second half, but a pair of Aggies goals in the 59th and 68th minutes put the rest of the Hoosiers’ efforts in vain.

Lyon said though his squad could not walk away with a win, he was happy to see the determination the Hoosiers showed even when they were trailing the No. 7 team in the country.

“Texas A&M is a very good team,” Lyon said. “But I am happy to see the girls fight through the game and scored two goals.”

Then came Sunday.

Hofstra found IU’s loophole on the backline less than two minutes into the first half. Hofstra midfielder Brittany Butts took a shot from top of the box that went past IU freshman goalkeeper Shannon Flower and into the post.

The Hoosiers did not take a single shot before the second Hofstra goal in the 23rd minute. Hofstra forward Laura Greene dribbled all the way from the right wing to the center and scored from a dead angle after beating the Hoosier defenders.

Hofstra midfielders Danielle Murino and Salma Tarik took advantage of a disorganized Hoosiers box in the 72nd minute. Murino delivered a cross pass at the top of the box to Tarik, who finished with a strong shot to the lower left corner.

The Hoosiers’ goal was partly attributed to a red card that eliminated Hofstra forward Grace Hawkins in the 81st minute.

The 11-on-10 advantage gave the Hoosiers a late boost as sophomore forward Ciersten Burks, who played mostly on the backline in the game, took a chip shot outside the box which deflected off a Hofstra defender and became an assist to junior midfielder Kaylin Clow.

That goal saved the Hoosiers from being shut out at home.

Burks said Lyon told her during halftime to get more involved in the offense.

“He definitely wanted us to get forward more so we can attack the ball as soon as they turn over.” Burks said.

The Hoosiers have a four-day rest before they meet Kent State and Central Michigan on Friday and Sunday, respectively, at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

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