FT. WAYNE, IND. - The IPFW Soccer Showcase continued this evening as Indiana took on host IPFW, winning convincingly in the exhibition matchup over the Mastadons, 6-1.
"Tonight was a good step forward in preseason preparation for us," said Hoosier head coach Mick Lyon. "We were able to solve questions we had in the back, midfield and up front. We put together a lot of different combinations to give our coaching staff an idea of how the players work together on the field."
The scoring frenzy began when freshman Kristen Zmijewski scored on a loose rebound directly in front of the Dons goal in the 27th minute.
Ft. Wayne's finest showed why they play for one of the premier teams in the country. On the second goal of the night Homestead High School alum Carly Everett would give the assist on senior co-captain Kristen Sprunger's goal. The second goal of the evening would become the winning goal for the Hoosiers.
"Coming back to play in Ft. Wayne is great. I always have fun and enjoy seeing old coaches and friends," Everett said.
The third annual IPFW Soccer Showcase plays host to six men's and women's college teams as well as six high school teams and fifty youth club teams from across the Midwest. Many of the kids playing for club teams look up to the collegiate players as heroes.
"This tournament setup is great. We get to meet a lot of kids and become role models for them," Everett said. "Tonight's game was much better and there was a lot more team energy. It's nice to come home and have everyone see how hard we're working in Bloomington."
Zmijewski would score again as Kate Kastl came up with a well-placed pass in the 34th minute.
Ft. Wayne would show its pride again as Kristin Limburg, a freshman from Canterbury High School, scored in her first game at the college level.
"I was really nervous for my first college game. It's been a lot of fun to play in front of a home crowd and friends and family," said Limburg.
Kristin McDonald would score IPFWs lone goal in the 55th minute.
"To credit IPFW, they played very well. They are very well coached," said Lyon.
Kara Bryan and Kim Grodek would score again before the end of the game on a penalty kick and free kick, respectively.
"The coaches were pleased and I was proud of our intensity. This game was good preparation for next week. We've had a tough preseason and I think it's going to pay off," said Bryan, a senior co-captain for IU.
The team returns to training sessions until next weekend when they travel to Columbia, Missouri for the Missouri Classic where they will face Kentucky on Friday, Aug. 30 and Missouri Sunday, Sept. 1.