IU Ready for FAU Kick Off Classic
August 27, 2003
We are looking forward to the tournament. I think our preseason went well and we are ready to play some meaningful games as far as competition, said head coach Mick Lyon.
The Hoosiers will face Miami first on Friday at 5:30 p.m. Following Fridays game, the Hoosiers square off against Florida Atlantic on Sunday at 11 a.m. Both games will be played at the FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla.
Hoosiers Pick Up Two Exhibition Wins
The Hoosiers previously played exhibition games on Aug 22 and 24 at their home field, Armstrong Stadium in Bloomington, Ind. Indiana walked away with a 1-0 win over Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Friday and a 1-0 win over Indiana State on Sunday. In Fridays game, Emily Hotz scored the lone goal of the game on an assist from freshmen Ali Brown and Carrie DeFreece in the 82nd minute. In the Indiana State game, junior Kim Grodek scored a goal on a penalty kick after DeFreece drew a foul in the box at the 80:27 mark.
A Mix of New and Old
The Hoosiers will have a lot to work with as they return 14 players from 2002, as well as welcoming 14 new players to this years squad. Of the 14 returnees, eight of them were starters last year.
Among those returnees are, goalkeeper Shaunna Daugherty who started in 17 of the Hoosiers 19 games, 2002 second-team All-Big Ten Honoree Erin Hesselbach, 2000 and 01 second-team All-Big Ten Honoree Emily Hotz and 2002 Big Ten All-Tournament Team selection Kim Grodek.
Seniors Carly Everett and Shelly Gruszka are also back for the 2003 campaign. Everett played in 18 games during the 2002 season for the Hoosiers and is a definite threat in the backfield. Gruszka led the Hoosiers in points with 14, after netting six goals and dishing out two assists.
Sophomores Kristen Zmijewski and Ryan Hanley both played crucial roles for the Hoosiers last season. Zmijewski had a great season in 2002, recording four goals and two assists. Hanley was a strong defender who earned her starting spot in the second game of the year and never looked back.
Senior midfielder Emily Hotz returns as captain for a second year. Joining her will be senior defender Carly Everett.
They are both outstanding players and outstanding women. We will rely on them to bestow a great deal of knowledge and wisdom of competing to our players, said head coach Mick Lyon.
Ranked Recruiting Class
The Hoosiers 2003 recruiting class was ranked 15th by Soccer America in May 2002. The 2003 class includes 14 new players. The newcomers are: Liz Davis (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central), Megan Sterrett (Amelia, Ohio/Amelia), Carrie DeFreece (Olathe,Kan./South), Missy Vierling (Cincinnati, Ohio/Country Day), Lauren Lamping (Town and Country, Mo./St. Josephs Academy), Jenna Babcock (Evansville, Ind./Mater Dei), Kelly Laughlin (Bloomington, Ind./South), Courtney OBryan (Greenwood, Ind./Murray State), Lauren Dieter (Barrington, Ill./Barrington), Ali Brown (Carmel, Ind./Carmel), Megan Pipkens (Holt, Mich./Holt), Julie Gonzalez (Bloomington, Ind./North), Lauren Fabbro (Carmel, Ind./Southeast Mo. State) and Stacey Van Boxmeer (Ontario, Canada/Collingwood Collegiate).
Hoosiers Receive Votes in NSCAA/adidas National and Soccer Buzz Polls
Indiana received votes for the week of August 18th in the NSCAA/adidas National Top 25 Poll. Three other Big Ten schools, Penn State (7), Michigan (17) and Purdue (25) were ranked in the top 25.
The Hoosiers also were ranked 25th according to the Soccer Buzz Magazine 2003 preseason poll.
Indiana Seventh in Big Ten Poll
Indiana was picked seventh in the Big Ten Coaches Preseason Poll. This is the first year the Big Ten conference has conducted this type of poll. Prior to the season every Big Ten womens soccer coach was asked to rank each team (excluding their own).
Here is a list of all the rankings:
2003 Women's Big Ten Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. Penn State
6. Michigan State
The Miami Hurricanes return 12 players, including six starters from last years 9-9-1 club.
Among these returnees is junior Britney Butcher, who led the Hurricanes with 34 points last season and Vonda Matthews who is a four-time preseason All- BIG EAST selection.
Miami finished second in the BIG EAST Northeast Division with a 4-4-1 record in the conference.
On August 23, 2003, Miami fell to the No. 21 ranked University of Florida in an exhibition match, 1-0.
Head coach Tricia Taliaferro returns for her second season with the Hurricanes.
Friday Aug. 29, 2003 at 5:30 will be the first meeting for Indiana and Miami.
The host of the FAU tournament, the Florida Atlantic Owls, finished the 2002 season with a 14-5 record overall and a 10-1 mark in the A-Sun league, making them regular season co-champions.
The Owls return eight starters and 15 letterwinners from the 2002 squad. Top players Rhonda Jones, and Julie Ferguson will be key players for the 2003 campaign. Jones was named an NSCAA and Soccer Buzz All-Region selection for the second straight year. Ferguson ranked fifth in the nation in assists per game and 23rd in the nation in points per game in 2002.
Brian Dooley returns as head coach of FAU for this third season. He has compiled a record of 33-20-2 during his time with the Owls.
The Hoosiers and the Owls will meet for the first time on Sunday Aug. 31, 2003 at 11 a.m.