Women's Soccer

    A Pair of Road Games On Tap This Weekend for the Hoosiers

    Go Hoosiers! Orianica Velasquez
    Go Hoosiers!
    Orianica Velasquez
    Go Hoosiers!

    Aug. 26, 2010

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana opened the 2010 season in style with a 3-0 win at Evansville last Friday night. It was the first regular season opener on the road that the Hoosiers have won under head coach Mick Lyon. Junior Carly Samp scored just 1:14 into the game and IU never looked back. Sophomore Orianica Velasquez found the back of the goal in the 23rd minute and then freshman Becca Candler finished off the scoring in the 83rd minute. Both Samp and Candler finished with a goal and assist in the contest while Velasquez picked right up where she left off at the end of her stellar freshman campaign after leading the team with five goals scored a sesaon ago. All three goalkeepers on the IU roster saw action against the Purple Aces, with junior Lindsay Campbell and freshman Shannon Flower both recording one save to preserve the shutout. As a team, Indiana outshot Evansville by a 21-10 margin, however just six of the 21 shots by Indiana were on goal.

    Kentucky picked up a 4-0 win against Coastal Carolina to open its 2010 campaign. Butler lost their season opener, 1-0, to Dayton in the second overtime period. Then on Wednesday, they traveled to Xavier and suffered another 1-0 setback.

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    Mick Lyon is in his ninth season at the helm of the IU women's soccer program, where he has a record of 75-65-18. Last year the Hoosiers finished the seaosn with a 10-7-2 overall record and fell just short of earning an NCAA Tournament berth. The team started out 2009 with six straight victories to set a school record. His 2007 campaign was his finest as a Hoosier head coach, as he led IU to its first NCAA Tournament in his tenure, and saw the Hoosiers advance to the third round of the Tournament for the first time in school history. Lyon's teams have been dominant at home, as the Hoosiers are 47-18-7 on Yeagley Field in his reign, including a 28-8-4 mark in the last three seasons. Lyon has a career record of 182-130-36 (.524) in his 18th year as a college coach.

    Kentucky is coached by Jon Lipsitz, who is in his second year and has a record of 5-10-4 with the Wildcats. Tari St. John is in her fifth season at Butler and has a record of 33-42-6.

    Kentucky finished last season with a 5-10-4 overall record and a 2-8-1 mark in SEC play. Kentucky returns senior goalkeeper Sydney Hiance, who ranks in the UK top five of four goalkeeping statistical categories. Kentucky opened the 2010 season with a 4-0 win at home over Coastal Carolina on August 21.

    Butler welcomes back four starters and nine letterwinners from the 2009 squad that finished 7-11-2 overall, with a 3-4-1 record in Horizon League action. Butler was picked to finish fifth in the Horizon League preseason poll. Sophomore Katie Griswold is the top returnee for the Bulldogs after tallying five goals, four assists, and 14 points in 2009.

    Friday's meeting with UK will be the first between the two teams since 2002, when the Hoosiers lost 3-1. The last time IU played in Lexington was in 2001 and the two teams played to a 2-2 draw. Overall, the series record is 4-3-1 in favor of Indiana.

    The Hoosiers hold an 8-6-1 edge in the all-time series against Butler. The last time the two teams met was in 2008, a 2-1 Butler win. Prior to that, IU had gone 8-0-1 in the previous nine meetings.

    Junior forward Carly Samp wasted little time getting the first goal of the season for the Hoosiers. After a crossing pass was intercepted by a UE defender, Samp stepped in front of the defender to regain possession and fired a shot into the back of the net with the game just 1:14 old.

    The last time IU scored less than two minutes into a contest was on Sept. 16, 2007, when Chloe McKay scored at the 1:45 mark of the first half. It proved to be the game-winning goal, the fourth of her career and her seventh goal overall.

    Sophomore forward Orianica Velasquez led the IU offense last year as a freshman with five goals and she wasted little time getting into the scoring column in 2010. She received a hard cross from Becca Candler 12 yards out and one-timed it into the goal to give IU a 2-0 lead before halftime.

    Freshman Becca Candler showed why she was one of the most heralded players of the 11-person freshman class for head coach Mick Lyon. She assisted on the second goal of the game by Orianica Velasquez and then found the goal for her first collegiate goal in the 83rd minute. She is the first IU freshman to score three or more points in a game since Velasquez did it last year.




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