Bloomington, IN - The 2002 Indiana women's soccer team has selected their captains for the 2002 season. Seniors Kara Bryan and Kristen Sprunger and junior Emily Hotz will provide leadership to the squad this year.
"These three captains encompass everything we look for in leadership. They are high quality players, well respected by their teammates and will be excellent ambassadors for us both on and off the field," said head coach Mick Lyon.
Kara Bryan is a senior midfielder from Carmel, Ind. She is entering her second season with the Hoosiers after playing two seasons for Butler. In 2001 she was led the team in points with 18. She has made a strong mark in the Hoosier record books as she ranks first in shots with 10 against Xavier last season. In just one year at IU she managed to have goals in three consecutive games twice. She ranks eighth in goals in a season with eight and her eight goals tie her for ninth in the career records. While at Butler she was named the 2000 Midwestern Collegiate Conference co-player of the year and in 1999 was chosen as the conference newcomer of the year.
Kristen Sprunger is a senior forward from Wildwood, Mo. She played in all 17 of the games on the 2001 schedule, with two assists in the books. She has been a consistent force on the field, playing in 17 games in her freshman season and was a starter her sophomore season before being sidelined with an injury. Sprunger is a two-time Academic all-Big Ten selection majoring in criminal justice.
Emily Hotz is a junior midfielder from St. Louis, Mo. She is a two-time second-team all-Big Ten honoree who has been integral in many of the Hoosiers' wins during her time at IU. She has also made her mark in the Indiana record books, ranking in the top-ten in career goals, assists, points, multi-goal games, multi-assist games, game-winning goals and shots. She was named to the NCSAA Great Lakes Regional team and was also named to the Soccer Buzz Magazine All-American team.
These three will be the leadership both on and off the field for the Hoosiers. The trio embody both enthusiasm and dedication which will undoubtedly carry over to the rest of the team in their run for a return to the conference championship tournament in 2002.