Women's Soccer Opens Spring Season Saturday
March 3, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's soccer team will open its spring season on Saturday, March 7, as the Hoosiers host to the annual round robin played in Mellencamp Pavilion. Kentucky and IUPUI join the Hoosiers this year at the indoor event.
IU opens the event against IUPUI at 11:30 a.m. in the Pavilion, followed by IUPUI taking on Kentucky at 1 p.m. The Hoosiers and Wildcats will then go head-to-head in the finale at 2:30 p.m. All three contests will be shortened to 60 minutes each. The Hoosiers will also celebrate their team banquet later on Saturday night.
The Jaguars finished off an impressive season in 2008, improving from 3-12-3 in 2007 to 13 wins and a Summit League regular season title in 2008. Chris Johnson was named Coach of the Year and keeper Jamie Farrell earned all-conference honors after posting eight shutouts. Alicia Brock scored nine goals to lead the team in her debut campaign.
Kentucky had a tough 2008 season, going 5-12-2 with a 3-7-1 record in Southeastern Conference play. The Wildcats struggled defensively, allowing 35 goals in their 19 contests. Jon Lipsitz was hired in the offseason to take over the helm of the program after leading Charlotte to three straight Atlantic 10 titles.
IU returns all 11 starters from the 2008 squad. The Hoosiers lost just 100 minutes of game action from last year's team. Indiana finished 8-10-1 with a 3-6-1 record in conference action.
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