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IUHoosiers.com caught up with Abby Smith and Jessie Bujouves to talk about the exhibition win over Northern Kentucky as well as look ahead to this weekend.
RECORD VS. OPPONENTS
This will be the first meeting between the Hoosiers and the RedWolves in women's soccer.
Indiana and Ohio have played just once prior, with the Hoosiers taking a 5-1 decision in Bloomington on Nov. 4, 2011.
Starting in 2007, the Hoosiers have gone 6-0-1 in games against opponents from the Mid-American Conference.
GETTING A GOOD START
The Hoosiers are 11-6-2 all-time in regular season openers and are coming off a 2-2 tie with Evansville to open the 2011 season.
And in regular season home openers, IU has an all-time ledger of 10-3-1 with the last win coming in 2009 against Wright State at Armstrong Stadium.
GLOBAL EXPERIENCE Orianica Velasquez, a senior forward for the Hoosiers, made one of her dreams come true during the summer of 2011 when she joined her teammates on the Colombian Women's National team in Germany for their first-ever appearance in the FIFA Women's World Cup. Then this past summer at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, Velasquez led Colombia to its first-ever appearance in Olympic women's soccer.
At the World Cup, Velasquez did not play in the first contest of pool play but came on as a substitute in the second match against the United States and nearly tallied a goal just seconds after entering the field of play. She then started the final game of the tournament against North Korea and played all 90 minutes on her way to being named "Player of the Match" by FIFA.
In the Olympics, Velasquez was a starting forward for all three pool play games and finished the tournament with nine shots as Colombia failed to advance out of pool play.
YOU LOOK FAMILIAR
Indiana head coach Mick Lyon is entering his 11th season at the helm of the IU women's soccer program after spending the previous eight years at Evansville. He has racked up 193 wins between the two schools and has 93 wins with the Hoosiers entering the 2012 season.
Joining Lyon on the IU sidelines this year will be a couple of familiar faces to IUWS fans. Chloe McKay (2007-10) and Megan Reinhardt (2005-07) will serve as assistant coaches. McKay was a volunteer/student assistant coach with the Hoosiers last year while Reinhardt was the goalkeeper coach at the University of Indianapolis last season.
EXCITING EXHIBITION WIN
The Hoosiers claimed a 6-3 win over Northern Kentucky in their only exhibition game prior to the start of the year. After the Norse got on the board first, Abby Smith took a perfect one-touch pass from Jessie Bujouves and beat the NKU keeper to tie the game. Bujouves then followed with a pair of goals to put IU out in front to stay, 3-1. Lisa Nouanesengsy followed with a goal just before the end of the second 30-minute period to make it 4-1 in favor of the Hoosiers.
Then in the final period, Bujouves tacked on her third goal of the day before NKU rallied with a pair of late goals. Finally, just before the final horn, Rebecca Candler touched home the sixth and final goal of the game.