Women's Soccer

    Indiana Welcomes Valparaiso For Exhibition Match On Saturday

    Go Hoosiers! Natalie O'Bryan
    Go Hoosiers!
    Natalie O'Bryan
    Go Hoosiers!

    Aug. 14, 2009

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana women's soccer head coach Mick Lyon is set to enter his eighth season with the Hoosiers and he will lead his team of 22 returners onto Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. against Valparaiso in an exhibition match.

    Fans will be able to watch the match for free on IUHoosiers.com by clicking here

    Valparaiso is under the direction of second year head coach John Marovic, who has 12 letterwinners returning in 2009, including eight starters from last year's 10-6-3 squad. The Crusaders were picked to finish sixth in the nine-team Horizon League by the coaches in the conference.

    In addition to the 12 returners, the Crusaders have added eight newcomers to provide a combination of youth and experience. Senior goalkeeper Mele Cabral played every minute of every match last year and posted a 0.71 goals against average to go with 10 shutouts. On offense. Sarah Jewell has 13 career goals and 31 points to sit in the top 10 all-time at the school.

    The 2009 edition of the Indiana women's soccer team will look eerily similar to the 2008 version, as 22 letterwinners return to the pitch for head coach Mick Lyon. Lyon is entering his eighth season as the Hoosiers head coach and will have a wealth of experience at his disposal this season with 12 players returning that saw action in at least 16 games a season ago. The team returns all of its goals and assists from a season ago and all but 100 minutes of game action.

    The Hoosiers are stacked in goal as well, with every single minute on its way back to Armstrong Stadium.

    Experience will be the name of the game for most of the other Big Ten teams as well, with five other schools bringing back at least eight starters from a year ago.



    The Hoosiers will look to the seven seniors on the team for a majority of the leadership in 2009. Combined, the seven have played in 396 career games for the Cream and Crimson over the past three seasons.

    Three of the seven, Kelly Lawrence, Christie Kotynski and Kristin Arnold, have been honored by the Big Ten with either first or second team all-conference accoladed during their careers. Lawrence is a two-time first team all-Big Ten defender, just the second Hoosier in the program's history to be named to the first team twice in their career (Kim Grodek - 2003-04).

    Liz Holby has worked her way into the starting lineup and improved her offensive output in each of her previous three seasons, setting herself up for a breakout performance in 2009.

    Jessica Boots and Natalie O'Bryan were co-captains as juniors and instrumental to a IU defense the held Big Ten foes to just eight goals scored in conference play last year, including a shutout of Michigan State and No. 14 Tennessee. Taylor Fallon also joined the Hoosier defense in keeping opponents off the board for the final 330:58 of the season.

    2009 SCHEDULE
    The Hoosiers 2009 schedule features 11 home games and eight road contests. Indiana will open the season with a match against Wright State on August 21. The Hoosier's following three games will be at home against Evansville, Central Michigan and Florida. Florida returns eight starters from their successful 2008 squad that captured the school's ninth SEC title. The Gators come to Bloomington as a return trip for the Hoosiers 2007 trip to Gainesville, a hard fought 1-0 loss at the hands of the Gators.

    Indiana will head to New York in mid-September to take on Hofstra and St. John's. Hofstra finished the 2008 season with an 11-8-3 record, including a loss to Northeastern in the CAA title game. St. John's wrapped up its 2008 year with an 8-6-5 overall record and a 4-4-3 mark in the Big East.

    The Hoosiers' Big Ten slate includes a home game with rival Purdue on October 8. The Boilermakers were 12-7-3 last season, including a 5-3-2 record in the Big Ten. Indiana will also take on Penn State, the 11-time defending Big Ten champions, on October 29 in Bloomington. The Nittany Lions return nine starters, including five All-Big Ten selections from 2008. The Hoosiers finish the regular season with a November 6 matchup at Minnesota. Minnesota finished the 2008 season atop the Big Ten standings with an 8-2-0 record and advanced to the NCAA Round of 16.

    Head coach Mick Lyon signed four student-athletes to join the 2009 team, Cirsten Burks, Molly Buynak, Hannah Davidson and Orianica Velasquez Herrera. Burks is a local product, hailing from Indianapolis, and was a first team all-state selection following her senior campaign at Brebeuf Jesuit.

    Molly Buynak comes to the Hoosiers from Strongsville, Ohio and led her team to a state runner-up finish during her sophomore and junior seasons before an injury sidelined her during her senior year.

    Hannah Davidson, a native of Sacramento, Calif., led St. Francis to section titles in her freshman and junior seasons while serving as team captain for two years. She also has a wealth of experience in the Olympic Development Program, having participated for three years.

    Orianica Velasquez Herrera is the third international player on the IU team, as she joins the Hoosiers from Bogota, Colombia. She was a member of the senior national team on two occasions and has won two titles with the Bogota Girls Soccer Club.

    The 2009 season will see the Hoosiers host 11 games at Armstrong Stadium, the most in a season since 2007, when they went 9-1-1 at home. Under head coach Mick Lyon, Indiana has thrived in games played at Armstrong Stadium, posting a 39-16-6 (.639) overall record. Lyon has also led the Hoosiers to a winning home record in each of his seven seasons at the helm of the IU program.


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