Bloomington, Ind. - This past weekend, the Indiana women's soccer team hosted several games at Armstrong Stadium in Bloomington, Ind., braving the cold and blustery weather to get early season, outdoor games in. Despite splitting the two contests with one win and one loss, Hoosier head coach Mick Lyon was optimistic regarding his team's play in the early going of the spring season.
"Spring games are all about players gaining experience and just enjoying the game," said Lyon. "We're looking at some different people playing in some different spots, and seeing how our line up and formation may be best utilized. The team has worked very hard over the winter and early spring, and it was just great to get outside and play."
IU began the day with a 1-0 loss to Dayton. The Flyers scored in the 40th minute and the Hoosiers were unable to grab one back in the second half. The conditions were very windy and cold which really made it a 'game of two halves' - one with IU attacking, one with the Flyers having the advantage. Many of IU's players who were used sparsely in the fall, Jamie Temple, Andrea White, Kim Dalton, and Courtney Parsons, played full games. Coach Lyon was positive about the experience that all the players earned in the games. Goalkeeper Shaunna Daugherty saved a Dayton penalty kick in the last five minutes of the contest to leave the Flyers with the lone goal.
Coming on the heels of the Hoosiers' first full-length, 90-minute game of the year, the team also hosted a clinic for many young children who braved the cold. The Hoosiers then went straight into the second game against the Madison 56ers.
The second and final Indiana game was more successful, as IU beat the club team, the Madison 56ers from Wisconsin, 3-1. IU went up early with a nice finish by Courtney Parsons on the assist by Emily Hotz. The 56ers equalized as IU's freshman keeper, Colleen Kalafut, was beaten by Jenna Mitby, who beat the IU offside trap. Before halftime, goalkeeper Shaunna Daugherty, in a new role, playing on the field, had a great goal called back.
In the second half, IU regained the lead as Kristen Zmijewski got the go-ahead goal with assists by Shelly Gruszka, Robin Barker and Jamie Temple.
On Friday, April 11th, the Hoosiers travel to St. Louis to play the Missouri Tigers at 8 p.m. CST at the Sportport Soccer Complex in Maryland Heights, Mo. Staying overnight in St. Louis, the team then travels to Indianapolis to take part in the first Indiana Showcase at Kuntz Stadium, with a game at 7 p.m. CST Saturday, April 12th against Ball State.
The Urban Soccer Development Program of Indianapolis has put together a large soccer showcase on April 12. Mens and womens soccer teams from the state of Indiana were invited to participate in the showcase and the event is bound to be a success. The Hoosiers will face Ball State at 7 p.m. on the 12th at Indianapolis Kuntz Stadium. The showcase is sponsored by the Kuntz Advisory Team and the Indianapolis Parks & Recreation to benefit the Urban Soccer League (USL).