Women's soccer team falls in a heartbreaking loss in 2OT

Sept. 2, 2007

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU women's soccer team lost in a 4-3 overtime thriller to Big 10 power Indiana at the Ashley Sports Complex on Sunday.

After falling behind early, the Dolphins rebounded to take the lead on two occasions, only to see Indiana pull level each time, sending the game into sudden-death overtime.

In the second overtime, sophomore midfielder Christie Kotynski stunned the home crowd as she fired a shot into the bottom right hand corner, just beyond the reach of Dolphins' goalkeeper Lorna Brownlie.

"I was very proud of the way our team came from behind again to not only tie the game, but to take the lead," said JU head coach Chris Kouns. "However, I was very disappointed in the fact that we gave away soft goals which led to the loss. Taking nothing away from Mick and a good Indiana team, because they played us very well and offered a well coached opponent, but we played well enough to deserve a better outcome minus our mistakes."

Junior forward Keri Zwikker again led the way for the Dolphins, scoring two goals to bring her total on the season to four after only two games.

Zwikker looked to have given the Dolphins the win in the 61st minute as she scored her second. The goal was setup by brilliant passes by freshmen midfielders Sian Senior and Tamara Cormier, giving JU a 3-2 lead.

Indiana answered in the 81st minute after a cross from Kotynski was headed in by sophomore defender Kelly Lawrence, tying the match at three and sending the game into overtime.

Indiana sophomore midfielder Natalie O'Bryan gave the Hoosiers the early lead in the third minute when the ball skipped into her path and she fired a shot from just outside the penalty box.

After the Hoosiers committed a foul, freshman midfielder Elizabeth Fink stepped up and blasted home the free kick from long distance to tie the game at 1-1 in the 12th minute.

After linking up with junior midfielder Lauren Haynes, Fink turned provider 11 minutes later as she fed Zwikker, who deftly touched the ball past onrushing Hoosier's goalkeeper Megan Reinhardt, giving JU a 2-1 lead.

Hoosier's freshman midfielder Chloe McKay tied the game at 2-2 after coming on as a substitute only moments earlier. She intercepted a poor pass by the Dolphins and fired into the open net. "This week must obviously be focused on defending and goalkeeping," Kouns said. "Both areas were deficiencies this week and we as a coaching staff must help us to get better or the season will not be a productive one."

The Dolphins are in action again on Friday, hosting Baylor in the opening day of the Kick Out Cancer Invitational at the Ashley Sports Complex. Kick off will be at 7 p.m.