Women's Soccer

    Women's Soccer Opens 2013 Season This Weekend

    Go Hoosiers! Head Coach Amy Berbary will be making her head coaching debut this weekend with the Hoosiers.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Head Coach Amy Berbary will be making her head coaching debut this weekend with the Hoosiers.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Aug 22, 2013

    WEEK 1
     Dates Aug. 23 & 25, 2013
     Friday, Aug. 23 Indiana at Ohio • 4:00 p.m.
    Sunday, Aug. 25 Georgia Southern at Indiana • 1:00 p.m.
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    The Hoosiers are 12-6-2 all-time in regular season openers and are coming off a 3-0 win against Arkansas State to open the 2012 season.

    The game at Ohio University will mark the first time since 2010 that the Hoosiers have started a season on the road. That year, IU topped Evansville by a score of 3-0.

    Indiana is 3-3-1 all-time in season openers away from Armstrong Stadium.

    Indiana head coach Amy Berbary will be making her collegiate head coaching debut on Friday at Ohio, as she takes over for former IU head coach Mick Lyon, who retired following the 2012 season.

    Berbary, originally from Buffalo, spent the last five years at Auburn and was the Associate Head Coach for the 2012 season. She helped lead the Tigers to a pair of NCAA Tournament berths as well as a SEC Tournament title in 2011. She was also named the 2012 South Atlantic Regional Assistant Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

    Before Auburn, she spent time at the University of Dayton as an assistant coach. There, she was responsible for numerous highly ranked recruiting classes with the Flyers and was joined on staff as an assistant coach by Sergio Gonzalez, who is now an assistant under her at Indiana.

    Also joining the staff as an assistant coach with the Hoosiers in Benji Walton, who worked with Berbary for a brief time at the University of Georgia while Berbary was finishing her playing career.

    And what a career it was for the Bulldogs, as she left the school having scored the third-most goals in program history and ranking third in career points. She helped lead the Bulldogs to a Sweet 16 appearance in 1998 and the Second Round in 2001.

    Indiana welcomes back 23 letterwinners from the 2012 season, including eight starters. With a overall roster of 30 players, IU has just five newcomers to the squad and 11 players that are entering their fourth year in the program.

    The more notable returning players include Lisa Nouanesengsy, Rebecca Candler, Lara Ross and Abby Smith.

    Nouanesengsy, a senior, tied for the team lead last year with seven goals and added three assists for a total of 17 points, which was good for third on the team. She is also the only player in IUWS history to record three goals in a game, twice.

    Candler, a senior as well, set a new IU single-season record with 10 assist during the 2012 season. To go with her four goals, she tied for the team lead with 18 points.

    Another senior, Lara Ross, was a defensive stalwart last year. She played in all 19 games and helped then-freshman goalkeeper Sarah Stone earn a pair of Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors with her communication in the defensive backfield.

    Abby Smith, a junior, scored just four goals for the Hoosiers in 2012, but she made all of them count and each one went for a game-winner. Her nine points were good for fourth on the team.

    The Hoosiers hold a 2-0-0 edge in the all-time series with Ohio University. IU took the first-ever meeting in 2001 by a score of 5-1. Then last year the Hoosiers topped the Bobcats, 4-2. This will be the first time that IU has traveled to Athens to play OU.

    Indiana and Georgia Southern have never meet prior to Sunday's game.

    With 20 games on the regular season slate this year, including 11 home games, IUWS fans will have a number of different ways to watch the games if they are not able to make it out to Armstrong Stadium.

    Out of the 11 home games, at least 10 will feature a video stream on IUHoosiers.com or through BTN.com. The only game that is questionable at this time is the Sept. 21 game vs. Minnesota, but it could be added to the video stream schedule at a later date.

    Both IUHoosiers.com and BTN.com require fans to signup and pay a monthly fee in order to access the games. But the perk is that if you signup for one of them, you get access to both. So you will not get charged twice or have to pay two separate entities.

    A trio of Hoosiers were named to the Big Ten Conference Women's Soccer Preseason Players to Watch list last week - Lisa Nouanesengsy, Lara Ross and Rebecca Candler.

    The 2012 season saw the Hoosiers set a new record off the field thanks to the hard work of Academic Advisor Eileen O'Rourke. Every student-athlete on the team that was eligible for the award - 20 players - received Academic All-Big Ten honors following the season. Freshmen and first year players are not eligible for the award and student-atheltes must maintain a 3.00 cumulative GPA.




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