Women's Soccer Wraps Up Solid Spring Campaign
April 29, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's soccer team wrapped up a solid spring campaign with a 2-1 victory over Indiana State on April 18. The Hoosiers finished the spring with a 3-2-1 record and an undefeated mark at home (2-0-1).
The Hoosiers showed some strong growth over the spring campaign as the team adapted to a new aggressive offensive system, and the IU coaching staff was very pleased with the progression.
"We emphasized some themes in January of how we wanted to play and they bought into those," Hoosier head coach Mick Lyon said. "It's a very attractive, possession-oriented style of play, and as we changed our system from the fall, it highlighted players' personalities on the field."
The new offense had a strong effect on IU's play during the spring, as Indiana created many more chances in its six spring contests. In particular, Carly Samp, Devon Beach, Jocelyn Moses and Leigh Anne Cummings all benefited significantly from the new system.
"The biggest difference is the ability to create chances and the quality of chances created," assistant coach Woody Sherwood said. "One area that we have to improve on is to finish those chances this fall."
In goal, Indiana saw all three of its keepers split the time in net relatively evenly, as junior Lauren Hollandsworth, sophomore Lindsay Campbell and redshirt freshman Lex Dickison all played consistently. The coaching staff expects it to be a competitive battle for the starting spot in the fall.
With Indiana returning all but two players from last year's squad and just three freshmen to be added to the roster, IU will also benefit from continuity heading into next year.
"Since we have only three freshmen coming in, we got to see basically our whole team this spring," Sherwood said. "We'll have no significant changes in our system or our style from spring into fall, and the incoming freshmen will only improve on that."
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