Women's Soccer

    2002 Women's Soccer Season Preview

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    News Update

    August 5, 2002

    Hoosiers Ready for the Challenge
    Under new leadership in 2002, IU looks to return to the Big Ten Championship

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    Bloomington, IN - Change is inevitable and this season change comes to the Hoosier women's soccer program in the form of new head coach Mick Lyon. After finishing tied for eighth in the Big Ten Conference in 2001, missing the conference championship tournament, the team looks to a new coach and a new philosophy to move up in the conference standings and return to the top of the conference. Lyon looks forward to the season and the challenge and excitement of beginning the season wearing cream and crimson.

    Lyon has set high expectations for his team, challenging them immediately "Whatever the players have done to this point has been their 'B' work, and we need them to produce 'A' work. That's not something that they are afraid of...it's what they want. They are absolutely ready for the challenge."

    With the plan in place to return to the top of the conference standings and the conference championship, confidence and attitude are critical. "The first thing we're going to do is to establish a style, a philosophy, an attitude within the whole program. We're going to get that through to the team so that we take an attitude onto the field that we're going to compete - and we're going to win," Lyon said.

    He plans to immediately put his style of coaching and playing into effect, vowing that "we are not going to give away games by lack of defending - that's been a trademark of all my teams." Offensively, though, Lyon has an expectation of this group that they can - and will - score goals. "Scoring goals is about attitude. You've got to go straight to goal, you've got to be determined on the focus of the attack and it has to be calculated, but it also has to have flair and creativity with it. There is a ton of talent for scoring goals on this team."

    With that confidence, Lyon begins his career as a Hoosier, expecting excellence and demanding dedication. A strong and experienced incoming class will blend with the seasoned collegiate experience of a very capable and dangerous group of returning players. A strong returning roster including second-team all-Big Ten honoree Emily Hotz and team statistical leader Kara Bryan will be counted on to provide leadership. Freshmen Ryan Hanley and Kristen Zmijewski headline the list of incoming Hoosiers in 2002.

    Lyon will look to upperclassmen Kate Kastl, Kristen Sprunger and Shelly Gruszka for leadership at the forward position. Kastl returns healthy for her final season at IU after battling injuries for the duration of the 2001 and 2000 seasons. Her knowledge of the Big Ten conference and game-time experience will be an invaluable asset to this year's team. Lyon continues to set the standards high for his team, "This is going to be Kate's best year. She's capable of lighting up the scoreboard."

    Senior Kristen Sprunger played in all 17 games in 2001 and enters 2002 with Lyon regarding her as "a real problem player for other teams."
    Gruszka returns in 2002 after finishing with three goals and four assists for ten points in 2001. "Shelly can be a top points-getter for us this year - we'll look to her for some big goals," adds Lyon.

    Headlining the talented incoming class is Kristen Zmijewski, a successful forward who brings in an outstanding list of accomplishments having earned all-state recognition from the Chicago Tribune and an array of all-area accolades as a high school and club team player. She played for the Illinois State ODP and regional ODP teams additionally leading her Naperville club team and winning a State Cup Championship, WAGS title and two State Cup runner-up finishes.

    Junior midfielder Emily Hotz is the only Big Ten honoree on this year's squad. Landing second-team all-Big Ten honors in both her freshman and sophomore campaigns, Hotz is one of the most versatile players in school history. In 2001 she led the team with seven assists, good for a fourth place tie in conference action, and was second on the team with 17 points. According to Lyon these first two years of success set the standard for increased leadership responsibilities, "She needs to establish herself as the leader of this team as far as orchestrating and starting attacks." The Hoosier midfield is an asset with Kara Bryan, Kim Grodek and Lisa Tecklenburg returning for 2002.

    Bryan, a senior in her second season with Indiana, started all 17 games in 2001, leading the team with 18 points and eight goals. In 2002, Lyon looks to her to lead the charge in rising to the challenge he has set forth, "Kara is an awesome player. She will lead the attack, no doubt about it."

    Grodek started in 12 of the 17 games she played in in 2001, ranking second on the team in goals scored with seven. "Kim is a powerful player. She needs to establish herself as a force. She should be dominating in the middle of the park."
    Tecklenburg started 14 of 17 games in 2001. She tallied four assists and one goal on the season which was the game-winner against Ohio State.

    Junior keeper Shaunna Daugherty returns in 2002 having started all 17 games in '01. Her goals against average totaled 1.40 with 68 saves. Her tenacious defensive skills will be, in Lyon's words, "the voice and force at the back that organizes things and motivates the team." Backing her up is arguably the best reserve keeper in the Big Ten, Kristin Pimlott. Though she saw just four games in the net, she provides the Hoosier defense with tremendous energy. The experience of these players in goal combined with a large and talented group of incoming keepers will allow the Hoosiers to become the strong defensive team Lyon foresees.

    Lyon's desire and demand to strengthen IU's defensive effort will be easily attained with the talent the Hoosier defenders boast in '02. Protecting the Hoosiers' interests on defense will be seniors Dana Philp and Kim Sturm and juniors Erin Hesselbach and Carly Everett. Their combination of experience and ability to read the opposing attack will lead incoming players Ryan Hanley and Dani Patton. Hanley led her Busch under-18 club team to the national championships in July where they were eliminated in the semi-finals despite the fact that she scored one of the team's two goals. She has played an integral role in the success of her Busch team as they boast three regional appearances and four state championships with Hanley's defensive prowess. She has also played for the Missouri Olympic Development Program (ODP) State Team for four years. Freshman counterpart Dani Patton comes to the Hoosiers a decorated defender. A four-year starter at St. Ursula Academy in Cincinnati, Ohio, Patton played her club ball for the Cincinnati Classics Hammer F.C. team. Her speed and ability to defend the Indiana goal should make her an immediate asset in 2002.

    The Hoosiers go up against the best of the best again this season, playing in a perpetually tough Big Ten conference.
    As the start of the season is on the horizon, Lyon is anxious to get into camp and establish a new style of play, based on his philosophy - a philosophy that can only enhance Indiana women's soccer. And what is his philosophy? To work so hard that the other team has immediate respect for you. Goals and expectations for 2002? To gain the respect of conference opponents and return to the Big Ten Championships, finishing in the top four in the conference standings.
    With a new coaching staff, experience rivaling the conference's best teams and an incoming crop of talent to support Lyon's vision for the Hoosiers, 2002 will be an exciting year to watch Indiana as they return to the top of the conference.




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