IU Women's Soccer Announces 2010 Schedule
May 13, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University Women's Soccer team and head coach Mick Lyon announced the Hoosiers' 2010 schedule on Thursday, a slate that features eight consecutive home matches during the month of September and a pair of conference games at Armstrong Stadium to close out the regular season.
"This will be a demanding schedule for such a young team," said Lyon, who will be entering his ninth season as the Hoosiers head coach. "But we have always looked to challenge the team in non-conference games and this year will not be any different."
Indiana will travel to West Virginia for its only exhibition match of the fall on August 10. The Mountaineers collected 10 wins last season and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The regular season starts with three consecutive road games, all against regional opponents in Evansville (Aug. 20), Kentucky (Aug. 27) and Butler (Aug. 29).
As the calendar turns to September, it signals a return to the home turf and Armstrong Stadium for eight straight games for the Hoosiers, starting with a Sept. 1 tussle with Western Michigan.
"I think playing at home for the month of September against great competition should get us ready for another bruising Big Ten season," said Lyon.
Labor Day weekend (Sept. 4) features a matchup against one of the highest scoring teams in the country from a year ago in Nebraska. As a team, the Cornhuskers averaged 3.1 goals per game and Morgan Marlborough tallied 21 goals by herself on the season.
The following weekend brings more strong opposition to the Yeagley Field, as Texas A&M (Sept. 10) and Hofstra (Sept. 12) come calling. The Aggies finished No. 13 in the end of the year poll last year while the Hoosiers pulled out a 3-2 overtime win at Hofstra last season.
A pair of Mid-American Conference teams make the trek to Bloomington in the middle of the month with Kent State (Sept. 17) and Central Michigan (Sept. 19) doing the honors. It will mark the first meeting between the Hoosiers and Golden Flashes and the second meeting in as many years with the Chippewas. The Chippewas won the MAC Tournament and posted 19 shutouts last year but Indiana claimed a 1-0 victory over CMU before they went on their run.
The opening weekend of Big Ten play closes out the homestand and month with games against Northwestern (Sept. 24) and Wisconsin (Sept. 26). The Hoosiers lost a pair of one-goal games on the road to both teams last year.
Conference action is in full swing to start October, with three games in the first seven days - all of which are on the road. The first game will take the Hoosiers to East Lansing to take on the Spartans (Oct. 1) followed by a visit to Illinois (Oct. 3) and a midweek game at Purdue (Oct. 7).
A home game against Michigan (Oct. 17) gives Indiana a break from the road, but only temporarily, as they take on Iowa (Oct. 24) and Penn State (Oct. 28) away from home in the final conference road contests on the slate.
Closing out October, the women's soccer team will take on Ohio State (Oct. 31) the same day that the men's team will host Northwestern in the only doubleheader of the year for the two teams.
The regular season comes to a close at home on Nov. 5 in a matchup against Minnesota.
"The Big Ten is again loaded with talented teams so playing Michigan State, Illinois and Purdue all on the road and all within one week should create a test of endurance," said Lyon. "However, it seems like for once we have a double header at home to end the season, so hopefully we will be in position to again find postseason play and that will help us be able to finish our season strong."
The Hoosiers finished the 2009 campaign with an overall record of 10-7-2 and set a new school mark for the best start in program history when they raced out of the gates for six consecutive victories. Included in those victories was a 3-2 win in overtime against No. 6 Florida, the highest-ranked opponent the Hoosiers have ever defeated.
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