Aug. 19, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Indiana opens the 2010 season with three straight road contests, starting with the season opener at Evansville on Friday. The Hoosiers are 3-0-0 against the Purple Aces under ninth year head coach Mick Lyon. Last year, Indiana defeated UE by a score of 3-0 at Armstrong Stadium thanks to goals by Devon Beach, Orianica Velasquez and Jocelyn Moses. Lindsay Campbell only had to make one save to earn the shutout victory in goal for IU. Lyon will take 15 returning players and 12 newcomers on the road to Kentucky and Butler in the month of August before playing eight straight home games in the month of September. Indiana easily defeated preseason No. 24 West Virginia in an exhibition game, 3-1.
Evansville defeated Lipscomb, 5-1, in their first exhibition game before falling to SEMO, 1-0, last weekend. The Purple Aces finished 5-13-0 in 2010.
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Mick Lyon is in his ninth season at the helm of the IU women's soccer program, where he has a record of 74-65-18. Last year the Hoosiers finished the seaosn witha 10-7-2 overall record and fell just short of earning an NCAA Tournament berth. The team started out 2009 with six straight victories to set a school record. His 2007 campaign was his finest as a Hoosier head coach, as he led IU to its first NCAA Tournament in his tenure, and saw the Hoosiers advance to the third round of the Tournament for the first time in school history. Lyon's teams have been dominant at home, as the Hoosiers are 47-18-7 on Yeagley Field in his reign, including a 28-8-4 mark in the last two-plus seasons. Lyon has a career record of 181-130-36 (.522) in his 18th year as a college coach. Lyon served as head coach at Evansville from 1993-2001 and compiled a 107-65-18 record and three NCAA Tournament appearances.
Evansville is coached by Krista McKendree, who is entering her third year leading the Purple Aces, has a record of 18-18-2. A 2002 graduate of UE, McKendree played for Lyon for three seasons.
THE HOOSIERS IN OPENERS
The Hoosiers are 10-6-1 all-time in regular season openers. Under head coach Mick Lyon, Indiana is 0-3-1 in regular season openers on the road. Last year Indiana opened the season with four consecutive home games and won them all on their way to a 6-0-0 start to the year to set a school record.
Indiana head coach Mick Lyon has brought in one of the most talented recruiting classes in the Big Ten this season, as 11 freshmen joined the 14 returning letterwinners. Lyon also added Margo McAuley, who transferred to IU in January 2010 after playing two seasons at Florida State.
Indiana junior goalkeeper Lindsay Campbell had one of the best statistical seasons in IU women's soccer history in goal in 2010. She posted a 0.57 goals against average to set a new school record. She also registered seven shutous on the year, tied for the second most in a single season in school history.
The native of Dallas, Texas, also boasts a 0.67 career goals against average, which is just 0.01 behind all-time leader Chrissy Heubi's 0.66 GAA from 19980-2000.
"CUMMINGS" UP CLUTCHM
Junior Leigh Anne Cummings has had a knack for making her goals count during her three seasons at Indiana. To date, she has seven goals to her credit and five of them have been of the game-winning variety, the fourth-most in school history.
It started in her freshman season when she had four goals and three of the were the game-winning tallies. She scored the decisive goal against Samford, Butler and Minnesota. Then as a sophomore, the Levittown, N.Y., native scored the winner against Michigan State. And last year she posted the most dramatic game-winner with a marker in the 115th minute against then-No. 6 Florida to give the Hoosiers a 2-1 win and in the process, defeated the highest ranked opponent in program history.
Towards the end of her junior year, Cummings has moved to the left back position and has excelled. She is able to use her speed and ball control skills to get to some balls that most other defenders might not be able to get to and helped the Hoosiers defense that much more.
IT'S ALL COMING BACK...AGAIN
After not losing any seniors going into the 2009 season, the 2010 will have much the same feeling statistically speaking. The Hoosiers lose just 4 out of 25 goals scored a season ago and eight of 26 assists.
The top three goal scorers from last year all return and are led by spectacular sophomore Orianica Velasquez and her five goals. Juniors Carly Samp and Devon Beach both found the back of the net four times a season ago and will be looked to for leadership and scoring punch. The trio combined for half (38 of 76) of the teams points last year and five game-winning goals.
HOLLANDSWORTH IN GOAL
Senior goalkeeper Lauren Hollandsworth played in just seven games last year after Lindsay Campbell got hot at the beginning of the year. But Hollandsworth is not short on experience, having played in 37 games in goal and sits in fourth place on the career wins list with 18. As a freshman, she made a splash with 13 wins in goal and leading the Hoosiers to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
The Big Ten Conference introduced something new in 2010, as each coach named three "Players to Watch" on their team prior to the start of the year. Representing Indiana on that list were junior Devon Beach, sophomore Orianica Velasquez and freshman Lisa Nouanesengsy.
Beach was also named one of 20 players to watch in the Big Ten by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
The Hoosiers will certainly get their fair share of home cooking this season, especially during the month of September when all eight games will be played at Armstrong Stadium. All totaled, the Hoosiers will play 11 games at home after adding conference home contests against Michigan, Ohio State and Minnesota outside the month of September.
The 11 home games will mark the third consecutive year that the Hoosier have played 10 or more homes games during the regular season.