A new era in Hoosier women's soccer began last night when the 2002 team congregated for their first official meeting. Although practices can not officially begin until Wednesday, the team reported Monday afternoon for two days of meetings and paperwork before they get down to the business at hand - soccer.
The first meeting of the 2002 squad was introductions all around as a new head coach and two new assistants have signed on with the Hoosiers. Mick Lyon's excitement for the season was evident as he relayed his message to the players.
"From this moment on, the only direction we're looking is forward," Lyon said.
Returning for the 2002 campaign is junior All-Big Ten second-team standout Emily Hotz and senior counterpart Kara Bryan who was the 2001 team statistical leader. Sophomore Kim Grodek returns after a stellar freshman season, ready to lead IU to the conference championship.
The returning senior contingent boasts the leadership, experience and excellence of Dana Philp, Kate Kastl, Lisa Tecklenburg, Kristen Sprunger and Jenny Mann. Although this will be the seniors' final season as Hoosiers, Lyon and his coaching staff are stressing that this season marks a new beginning and calls for a new level of dedication to victory and success.
Junior goalkeepers Shaunna Daugherty and Kristin Pimlott are back to anchor the defensive effort. Other juniors to watch include Erin Hesslebach, Shelly Gruszka, Carly Everett, Courtney Parsons and Kim Sturm.
Hoosier sophomores Krissy Vonesh and Jessica Mason along with Maggie Ridenour, Catherine Griggs and Michelle McCollum return for 2002 prepared for the challenges Lyon and his staff have set for them.
The freshman class of 2002 begin their career as Hoosiers knowing nothing other than head coach Mick Lyon's style of play and winning philosophy. Although this is their first year playing at the collegiate level, this training camp and the season to follow are new to everyone, not just the first-year athletes.
Freshmen to watch include defenders Dani Patton and Ryan Hanley, forwards Kristen Zmijewski, Kristin Limburg, Robin Barker and Jamie Temple while goalkeepers Colleen Kalafut and Amanda Willett will compete with the junior contingent for time in the net.
Indiana's first team practice is tonight at midnight in Mellencamp Pavilion where they will be running the beep test and begin regular workout sessions later Wednesday morning.