Women's Soccer Announces 2008 Schedule
May 28, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's soccer team will play 10 home games in the 2008 season, head coach Mick Lyon announced today. In addition to six conference games on Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium, Indiana will host the fourth annual Hoosier Classic during the 2008 campaign.
"This is a strong schedule against some top competition," Lyon said. "We will be facing a number of teams that will challenge us in the non-conference portion of the season and that will prepare us for what should be another tough conference schedule. We look forward to making another run toward the NCAA Tournament in 2008."
The Hoosiers will open the season with three games away from Bloomington. Indiana's season opener will be against regional foe Dayton in Ohio before it sets off for College Station, Texas. In College Station, the Hoosiers will take on a pair of squads that made the 2007 NCAA Tournament - Tennessee and regional No. 2 seed Texas A&M.
"We always try to face some of the best teams in the country early in the season," Lyon said. "Our game against Florida in the opening weekend of the 2007 season prepared us for both the incredibly tough Big Ten schedule and our postseason play, and we expect that our games against Tennessee and Texas A&M will do the same. It will be an exciting start to the 2008 campaign."
Following the trip to Texas, the Hoosiers will host the fourth annual Hoosier Classic, where IU will take on Vermont and Cal Poly, while Big Ten foe Wisconsin will also come to town to face the Catamounts and Mustangs The Hoosiers then head to the Washington, D.C., area to take on George Mason and Loyola (Md.). IU will wrap up non-conference play with home games against Butler and Loyola (Chicago), with the Loyola contest a Sunday doubleheader with the Indiana men's team's contest against Wisconsin.
"The Hoosier Classic is still going strong in its fourth year of existence," Lyon said. "It's always fun to have different teams come to Bloomington for what should be a great weekend of soccer. I'm also looking forward to another doubleheader with the men's team, because that's always a great time for everyone."
After playing six road games in conference play in 2007, IU will play six Big Ten opponents at Armstrong Stadium in 2008. Penn State and Ohio State open up the conference slate with contests on Yeagley Field before the Hoosiers take to the road for consecutive weekends against Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Northwestern. Indiana is at home for the final two weekends of conference play with contests against Purdue and Illinois the first weekend and Michigan State and Michigan the final weekend.
"I think we have a great schedule for our fans," Lyon said. "In addition to the non-conference opponents coming to Bloomington, having six conference games at Armstrong Stadium - where we had great success in 2007 - should be exciting for all the soccer fans in town. It will be nice to have Purdue come here after having to travel to West Lafayette each of the last two years."
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