The Hoosier women's soccer team continues the exhibition leg of their season this weekend, travelling to IPFW in Ft. Wayne, Ind. for the third annual NCAA Division I Soccer Showcase. In a field consisting of some of the top women's teams in the country, Indiana looks to fine-tune their new style of play on the field, instead of on the practice field.
The team travels to IPFW for Saturday's matchup against the host school. Game time is slated for 6:00 p.m. at IPFW's Hefner Soccer Fields.
Saturday's game will be the first meeting of the teams in the history of their respective programs. IPFW is coming off a 3-15 record in 2001 while the Hoosiers carry an 8-7-2 record from 2001, finishing tied for sixth in final conference standings. Saturday will also be just the second game the Hoosiers have played with new head coach Mick Lyon leading the way. He comes to IU after nine years at the University of Evansville where he owned a 107-65-18 record, leading the team to six straight Missouri Valley Conference championships beginning in 1996.
The Hoosiers opened their 2002 exhibition season Wednesday evening, hosting Valparaiso in a game that ended in a 1-1 tie. Junior Shelly Gruszka scored IU's lone goal early in the second half, giving the Hoosiers the lead for most of the game until the Crusaders' Lorna Torrez scored on a pass from Lori Moore. As regulation ended in a tie, the teams called it an evening.
IPFWs Mastadons enter their fourth season as a program and hold an 8-43 overall record. Head coach Terry Stefankiewicz begins the second season leading the Mastadons after compiling a 3-15 record last season. They return starting junior defensive leader Shacina Hersey who had six goals and two assists in 2001 and Kristin Macdonald, a junior forward who had six goals and three assists last season.
The Dons will have to face a tough and experienced team when they take on the Hoosiers Saturday night. IU returns seniors Kate Kastl, Kara Bryan, Dana Philp and Lisa Tecklenburg at midfield while classmates Kristen Sprunger and Jenny Mann are back at the forward position. Junior two-time second-team all-Big Ten midfielder Emily Hotz returns for 2002 as does classmate Shaunna Daugherty in the goalkeeper position.
IPFW's Soccer Showcase annually hosts some of the best men's and women's soccer teams in the nation. Other women's teams to watch this weekend include Kentucky, Purdue, North Carolina and Notre Dame.
The Hoosiers next travel to Columbia, Missouri for the Missouri Classic August 30 - September 1 where they will take on both Kentucky and Missouri, respectively.