Women's Soccer Opens Regular Season Friday at Dayton
Aug. 21, 2008
The Indiana women's soccer team opens the 2008 season on the road against Atlantic 10 foe Dayton on Friday at 7:30 p.m. This is the first of three games away from Bloomington to start the season for the Hoosiers, who travel to College Station, Texas, to take on nationally ranked Tennessee and Texas A&M next weekend. IU is coming off a 2007 season where it went 13-7-3 and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Dayton went 13-4-4 last season and narrowly missed receiving an at-large bid to NCAAs. The Hoosiers defeated Dayton, 2-0, in the only meeting between the two schools, in 1996.
Mike Tucker is in his 14th season as the head coach for UD, where he has built the Flyers into one of the top programs in the Atlantic 10. A two-time A-10 Coach of the Year, he has a career .707 winning percentage.
LAWRENCE GATHERS PRESEASON HONORS
Lawrence is one of six Big Ten players to be named to the Watch List. Penn State leads the way with three selections (Zoe Bouchelle, Alyssa Naeher, Katie Schoepfer), while Illinois (Emily Zurrer) and Purdue (Jenny Bradfisch) each have one player on the list.
The recipients of the MAC's Hermann Trophy are selected by Division I head coaches who are current members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. A list of 15 semifinalists is selected by a coaches committee in November, with three finalists announced in early December. They will be invited to the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis, Mo., for a news conference on Jan. 9, 2009, where the winner will be announced, with a presentation banquet following.
A native of Chigwell, Essex, England, Lawrence has represented her country in several international competitions, earning 22 caps for England. Most recently, she played with the Under-23 squad at the Nordic Cup and also played for the U-20 squad at the Four Nations Tournament in February.
Following the 2007 season, Lawrence was selected All-Great Lakes Region by both the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and by Soccer Buzz. She also became the first Hoosier defender in school history to pick up first team All-Big Ten laurels. She is just the second defender to have garnered all-conference honors twice in her career, joining Azure Johnson (1995, 1996) in that category. Lawrence and Emily Hotz (2000, 2001) are the only two Hoosiers to have picked up conference recognition in their freshman and sophomore campaigns.
IU PEGGED FOURTH BY CONFERENCE COACHES
Penn State earned the top ranking in the preseason poll, followed by Illinois and Purdue. After the Hoosiers, Ohio State was ranked fifth, Minnesota sixth and Michigan and Michigan State tied for seventh. Wisconsin, Northwestern and Iowa round out the poll.
Nationally, the Hoosiers have received votes in the preseason National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas Top 25 poll. IU sits just four points out of the Top 25 after finishing the 2007 season ranked 20th with a record of 13-7-3.
CLOSE TO HOME
HOOSIERS TALLY VICTORY IN LONE EXHIBITION GAME
Beach put the Hoosiers on the board at 47:22, converting a long through ball for her first goal in an IU uniform. The freshman got in behind the defense with a stellar run and sent a ball just out of Krista Pace's reach, tucking it just inside the right post to put the Hoosiers up 1-0.
The RedHawks laid the pressure on the Hoosiers late, but freshman keeper Lindsay Campbell kept Miami off the board. Stephanie Laser unleashed a shot from 30 yards out toward the upper part of the net, but Campbell leapt and turned aside the chance. Fellow freshman Lex Dickison also played 22 minutes in net for the Hoosiers, as three Hoosier keepers each made one save to combine for the shutout.
Due to the exhibition nature of the contest, the teams elected to play three, thirty-minute periods in lieu of the normal two, 45-minute halves. Neither team was able to crack the scoreboard in the first, though both teams had solid opportunities. Carly Samp nearly put the Hoosiers on the board in the opening minute, but Pace came through with a solid save. At the other end, Stephanie Wilson had two shots in the frame, but Lauren Hollandsworth made one save and the other attempt sailed wide.
Samp had another brilliant opportunity that was turned aside in the second frame. Off a corner from Natalie O'Bryan, Chloe McKay took the ball on the left side 30 yards out. The sophomore sent a bending ball into the box and Samp put a brilliant header on net, but again Pace was up to the task and kept IU off the scoreboard.
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