1/font>Junior Courtney O'Bryan will be one of the six IU women attending Wonderlab on Saturday, Oct.9.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. It looked like a beautiful outlet pass. It looked long enough. It looked like it would set up a goal. But freshman Kristin Radcliffes shot would be wide right.
I think we have had a fine week of practice, said third year coach Mick Lyon. All the young players are coming along, and we are getting great leadership from our upperclassmen.
The womens soccer team arrived on campus last Monday, Aug. 9. The first two days in Bloomington were simple with compliance meetings, physicals, and uniform distribution all on the agenda. Team activities were scheduled at night to enhance team chemistry.
Then came the dreaded day Wednesday, Aug. 11, the start of two-a-days.
Coaches, players, trainers, I think we were all excited for the start of training camp, said Lyon. Obviously it is a lot of work, but we have practiced real well together and have come a long way in a week.
The Cream and Crimson scrimmage took place on Sunday, Aug 15. While limited in numbers, coach Lyon was impressed with the event.
We had 21 players play 90 minutes on a hot day and only one player stepped out of the game shows that we are an extremely fit team. That is one of the things that impresses me about this years squad.
After a day off on Monday, Aug. 16, IU was back at it on Tuesday. The Hoosiers first concern was the passing of the Beep test at eight in the morning. The "Beep" test is a National Standardized evaluation of fitness. It consists of a 22-yard run which has to be completed in different time stages. The goal is to reach the line before the beep goes off, with each stage the beep getting quicker.
I was very pleased with the results of the test, said Lyon. We use it here to see if we are doing the right training and that we are getting fit. Normally, you would do a few during camp to see improvements, but I decided to wait a week and see where we are and again I was very impressed by the scores.
The two-a-day concluded with an evening practice. Redshirt freshman Shannon Vnoucek notched two goals in a scrimmage. Junior Robin Barker also put together a highlight, sneaking in a goal past junior Lauren Fabbro on a header.
Camp is a long, grueling event and with 19 underclassmen on the roster, IU is sure to have its share of youthful mistakes. Even with that young roster coach Lyon is optimistic on what he sees.
I think there have been a number of players who have showed they are ready to play. Kristin Radcliffe has played very well scoring goals and creating for others. Lindsay McCarthy has done well so far, and we are looking at ways to utilize her skills. Beverly Markwort and Suzy Teixeira have also done some good things in practice.
The Hoosiers will play two exhibition games this weekend. IU will scrimmage Kentucky in Fort Wayne on Friday and host Western Kentucky on Sunday. While winning is always great, coach Lyon has his own set of goals for the weekend.
I want us to score goals. That is the area we need to improve on the most, and I want to see us go after the ball and score. I also want us to settle into a rhythm where there is a consistent number of players getting into the game and everyone getting to know their roles.