Women's Soccer

    Women's Soccer Opens Regular Season Friday at Dayton

    Go Hoosiers! Christie Kotynski, Jessica Boots and their Hoosier teammates will open the season Friday night at Dayton.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Christie Kotynski, Jessica Boots and their Hoosier teammates will open the season Friday night at Dayton.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Aug. 21, 2008

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    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.

    THE COACHES
    Mick Lyon is in his seventh season at the helm of the IU women's soccer program, where he has a record of 56-48-15. His 2007 campaign was his finest as a Hoosier head coach, as he led IU to its first NCAA Tournament in his tenure, and led IU to the third round of the Tournament for the first time in school history. Lyon's teams have been especially dominant at home, as the Hoosiers are 34-12-5 on Yeagley Field, including a 15-2-2 mark in the last two seasons. Lyon has a career record of 163-113-33 (.581) in15 years as a college coach.

    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
    Junior defender Kelly Lawrence has been named to the 2008 Women's Hermann Trophy Watch List, the Missouri Athletic Club announced today. Forty-seven of the top Division I players in the nation comprise the list for collegiate women's soccer's top individual honor.

    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
    The Indiana women's soccer team has been ranked fourth in the Big Ten in a preseason poll of conference coaches. The Hoosiers finished the 2007 season in fourth place with a 5-4-1 record in conference play before advancing to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

    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
    Indiana has several team members who will be playing close to home in Dayton, as six Hoosiers hail from the Buckeye State. The trip home will be a homecoming for Beavercreek native Kristin Arnold, who grew up just minutes from the UD campus. West Chester native Lex Dickison will also be playing under an hour from home, while Gina Daniele, Christie Kotynski, Kerri Krawczak and Susan Swepston are all playing in their home state.

    HOOSIERS TALLY VICTORY IN LONE EXHIBITION GAME
    The Indiana women's soccer team emerged victorious in its lone exhibition of the 2008 season, topping Miami (Ohio) 1-0 on Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium on Saturday night. Freshman Devon Beach netted the lone goal in the contest, scoring in the 48th minute to give IU the victory.

    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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