Aug. 29, 2012
HOME SWEET HOME
After playing its first two contests in the 2012 campaign on the road, the Indiana field hockey team will return to Bloomington, Ind. for its home opening contest with Missouri State. The Bears will enter Friday's contest owning a 0-1 record, losing their lone contest to VCU on Aug. 24, 6-1.
The Hoosiers first met with Missouri State during the 2001 season in a 1-0 setback; however, IU has taken the past seven consecutive contests to lead the all-time series, 7-1. The teams last met in on Sept. 4, 2011 in Bloomington, where Indiana clinched a 4-1 victory over the Bears at the IU Field Hockey Complex.
LAST TIME OUT
Indiana kicked off its 2012 regular season on a positive note, earning victories against both Kent State (Aug. 24) and Vermont (Aug. 26) in Kent, Ohio.
The Hoosiers topped the Golden Flashes 5-3 in its season opener. Gaby Olshemski led the IU's offensive attack with two goals in the contest to set a career-high single game effort. Nicole Volgraf, Emily Bowker and Mariella Grote also tallied goals on the day, while Morgan Fleetwood and Audra Heilman recorded assists.
IU later clinched a 3-0 win over first-time opponent, Vermont. The Hoosiers held its opponent to just one shot on goal, which goalkeeper Viki Green successfully denied to help her to her first career shutout. Fleetwood, Heilman and Volgraf were responsible for Indiana's three goals on the day, while Fleetwood and Hannah Boyer were credited with one assist apiece.
Through two games, the Hoosiers have considerably outshot their opponents, 54-24, and have drawn 22 penalty corners in comparison to opposing teams' nine. IU's .714 shots on-goal percentage is also notably higher than its compeition (.458).
IU currently leads the Big Ten in scoring margin (+3.21), shots (54), shots per game (27.0), assists (five), assists per game (2.50) and penalty corners (22). Individually, Morgan Fleetwood leads all Big Ten players in shots (19), shots per game (9.50) and is tied for first in both points (four) and points per game (2.0). Nicole Volgraf and Gaby Olshemski's two goals on the season are tops in the conference, while Viki Green is one of only three goalkeepers to have recorded a shutout so far this fall. Green also ranks fourth in goals against average (1.94).
Sophomore Audra Heilman has been named to the U.S. Field Hockey U21 squad that will compete at the Junior World Cup next year, announced by USA Field Hockey on July 17.
Hannah Boyer, Morgan Fleetwood and Audra Heilman are among Big Ten Players to Watch for the 2012 season, announced by the league on Aug. 22.
The Hoosiers welcome five new faces to the 2012 squad.
IU's international touch to the 2012 roster features freshman Karen Gomez from Terrassa, Spain, sophomore Amanda Bennison from Poynton, England and sixth year senior Viki Green from Belfast, Northern Ireland.
SUPICA EARNS BIG TEN WEEKLY HONOR
Freshman Sydney Supica was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week by the conference office on Aug. 28 after helping the IU field hockey team to back-to-back season opening wins over Kent State and Vermont last weekend.
The Ann Arbor, Mich. native played an integral part in the Hoosiers' defensive effort that allowed only three goals on 24 shots over the weekend. The freshman played in all 140 minutes of action over two games, leading Indiana's backfield to a shutout victory against Vermont. The award is a first for the freshman and is the first weekly honor for an IU rookie since Maggie Olson won the weekly award on Sept. 27, 2011.
Both Viki Green and Gaby Olshemski posted career firsts this weekend to help the Hoosiers kick off the season with a pair of wins.
Green picked up her first career shutout in Indiana's 3-0 win over Vermont on Sunday, Aug. 26. She denied Vermont's lone shot on goal to help her improve to 2-0 between the posts.
Olshemski's two-goal effort against Kent State marked the first multiple-goal performance for the redshirt-sophomore. The Shaverton, Pa. native hit the back of the cage in both the 23rd and 47th minute in the Hoosiers 5-3 win over the Golden Flashes.