Aug. 20, 2009
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
The Indiana women's soccer team will open its regular season on Friday, Aug. 21, with a home match against Wright State starting at 7:30 p.m. at Armstrong Stadium. The Hoosiers are 10-5-1 all-time in regular season home openers.
The game will be aired LIVE via the All-Access portion of IUHoosiers.com with Jeremy Gray providing the play-by-play and Ian Rickerby handling the color analysis. To watch the match, Click Here
Select IU coaches and players will also conduct a pre-game clinic starting at 6:00 p.m. in association with the Indiana Youth Soccer program. This is the first of four dates that the clinic will be held prior to a men's or women's soccer game. The dates are:
Aug. 21 - Women's Soccer vs. Wright State
Sept. 16 - Women's Soccer vs. Butler
Oct. 7 - Men's Soccer vs. Butler
Oct. 18 - Men's Soccer vs. Michigan State
The cost for the clinic will be $10 which will allow you to attend all four sessions. Those interested in attending can come to Armstrong Stadium on Friday before 6:00 p.m. to register.
A LITTLE EARLY
If it seems like the season is getting started a little early, you would be right. The Aug. 21 start date is the earliest start date since the women's soccer program began in 1993. The previous earliest start date came last year when Indiana traveled to Dayton on Aug. 22.
LAST TIME OUT
The last time the Hoosiers took the field was last Saturday against Valparaiso in an exhibition match with the Crusaders and came away with a 1-1 draw. Senior Natalie O'Bryan put home a cross from Christie Kotynski in the 85th minute to earn the tie after Valpo had taken the lead in the 75th minute.
The Hoosiers dominated play against the Crusaders, outshooting them 20-7 in the game and controlling much of the possession throughout. Freshman forward Orianica Velasquez Herrera wasted little time getting accustomed to collegiate soccer as she fired off eight shots in the match.
A LOOK AT WRIGHT STATE
The Wright State Raiders were picked to finish third in the Horizon League by the coaches and are coming off a 3-2 loss to Miami (Ohio) in their lone exhibition match last week. The Raiders trailed 3-0 to the RedHawks with 30 minutes left in the match but rallied to put a pair of goals on the board.
Last year, head coach Pat Ferguson led WSU to its fourth straight 10-win season with a 10-9-1 mark and a third place finish in the Horizon League. The Raiders return eight starters including Meghan Hackerson in goal, who has 15 career shutouts.
THE HOOSIERS IN OPENERS
The Hoosiers are 9-6-1 all-time in regular season openers and and as mentioned earlier, 10-5-1 in regular season home openers. Under head coach Mick Lyon, the Hoosiers are 3-3-1 in home openers and defeated Tennessee 2-0 in the home opener last season. This will also mark the first time since 2006 that IU has started its regular season at home and just the fourth time in eight years under Lyon.
THE COMFORTS OF HOME
Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium has been a daunting place for opponents under head coach Mick Lyon. In his seven years, the Hoosiers have posted a 39-16-6 record at home overall and 19-11-5 in Big Ten play. This year, IU will play 11 matches in Armstrong, the most since 2007 when they went 9-1-1 and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Indiana also opens the regular season with four consecutive home games, the first time that has happened since 1993 when the Hoosiers hosted five straight home games to start the year. The year was also the first year that women's soccer was a varsity sport at Indiana.