MILWAUKEE - The Indiana womens soccer team will open the 2004 season tonight at 8:30 p.m., as the Hoosiers travel to Marquette to play in the Milwaukee Cup. IU will then hit the road for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for the finale of the weekend tournament on Sunday.
I think this will be an exciting weekend for us playing two good teams, said coach Mick Lyon. I have been very pleased with the way the girls have trained this summer. We are a very fit and athletic team, and we are going to need that against these tough Milwaukee clubs.
Indiana will showcase a young a young squad on the season, featuring just five upperclassmen. IU does return first team All-Big Ten selection Kim Grodek. The midfielder led the Hoosiers last season in points (15) and goals (7).
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The Indiana womens soccer team will open the 2004 season in Wisconsin, as the Hoosiers participate in the Milwaukee Cup. IU started its preseason on Aug. 9, with the team reporting to campus. On Aug. 11, the Cream and Crimson held its first practice. In 18 days of practice, IU has held eight two-a-days, two Beep test and two exhibition matches.
IU Ends Preseason in Perfection
Indiana tuned up for the regular season with two exhibition matches, last week. IU downed Kentucky 2-1 last Friday, Aug. 20, at the IPFW soccer showcase. After a scoreless first half, IU took a 1-0 lead thanks to senior Kim Grodek. The midfielder kicked in a rebound at the 50:31 mark. Kentucky answered in quick fashion, knotting the score at 1-1, just 27 seconds later. The Cream and Crimson regained the lead at the 61:20 mark, as the Hoosiers went on the attack ending with junior Kristen Zmijewskis game-winning goal. Junior Lauren Fabbro started, and went the distance in goal for the Hoosiers. Fabbro recorded three saves on the night, all in the second half of play. Indiana limited Kentucky to just nine shots, including four in the second stanza.
IU closed out its exhibition slate blanking Western Kentucky 2-0, this past Sunday.
Grodek tallied a goal and an assist, and Fabbro recorded six saves in the preseason event. Sophomore Megan Pipkens also notched a goal on the day. Indiana out shot WKU 20-10, and held a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks. IU committed just eight fouls, compared to the Hilltoppers 17.
Marquette finished the 2003 season at 11-8, including a 7-3 record and a second place finish in Conference USA. This will be the final season that the Golden Eagles will compete in C-USA, with the move to the Big East conference on the horizon. Marquette was picked to finish fourth in the conference preseason poll. The Golden Eagles lost five seniors to graduation, losing nearly 60% of their scoring offense from a year ago. Sophomore Ashley George is the leading returning point scorer, recording six points last season on two goals and two assists. The Golden Eagles do return a senior goalkeeper in Katie Bissen. In her first year full year of action, she started all 20 matches. She compiled a .91 goals against average, allowing just 19 goals with 76 saves. The keeper also finished with seven shutouts on the season.
SERIES HISTORY Indiana and Marquette have met just one previous time, a 2-0 win by the Hoosiers at home in their inaugural season in 1993.
A PEEK AT THE PANTHERS For the fifth straight season the Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers are the preseason pick to win the Horizon league. The Panthers have won the Horizon the previous four seasons, advancing to the NCAA Tournament in three of those years. UWM return eight starters and 19-letterwinners of last years 9-9-1, 5-1 Horizon, squad. The Panthers return their top two scorers of year ago in sophomores Liz Chudy and Ginny Graczyk Chudy totaled 11-points on five goals and an assist, while Graczyk recorded 11-points on two goals and seven assists. Senior Kerri St. Aubin will once again be the net for the Panthers. Aubin led the Horizon in goals against average a season ago with a 1.01 mark. She holds the UWM record for goals against average with a .78.
SERIES HISTORY The Hoosiers and Panthers have played just one match, since womens soccer became a varsity sport in 1993. IU dominated the day coming away with a 5-0 win during its inaugural season.
CONFERENCE HISTORY Indiana has faired well against Conference USA and Horizon League opponents. IU has recorded a 12-4-1 mark against current members of the C-USA, including a 6-0-1 mark at home. The Hoosiers have been equally impressive against current members of the Horizon, posting a 10-5-1 record.
NO OPENING JITTERS Indiana has done a good job starting the season off on a right foot. IU has posted an 8-3 record in season openers, although the Hoosiers have dropped their last two season openers. IU has also started the season 2-0 on seven occasions.
ALWAYS PLAY HARD Senior Kim Grodek did not take the preseason lightly. The midfielder tallied two goals and an assist in IUs two preseason matches.
NO BREAKS FOR IU Indiana will face a very demanding schedule highlighted by eight teams that made the NCAA Tournament a year ago, and five teams ranked in the top-25 in the Soccerbuzz preseason poll. The Cream and Crimson schedule also boast a .584 winning percentage in 2003. IU will compete in two tournaments (Milwaukee Cup and Miami Invitational), as well as play road games at Ohio State and at Penn State.
FABBRO STEADY IN NET Junior Lauren Fabbro allowed just one goal, and made nine saves in IUs two exhibition matches. Fabbro is currently competing with sophomore Stacey Van Boxmeer for the starting assignment.
ATTACKING HOOSIERS Indiana has out shot its opponents 31-19 in two exhibition matches. IU also holds a 14-10 advantage on shots on goal.
YOUNG IN HEART, AGE Indiana will showcase just five upperclassmen this season. Overall, the roster will consist of one senior, four juniors, 12 sophomores and seven freshmen.
RECRUITING CLASS RANKED 36TH The Indiana womens soccer recruiting class was ranked 36th in the nation, by Soccerbuzz magazine.
IU FIFTH IN PRESEASON POLL Indiana was picked to finish sixth in the Big Ten Coaches Preseason Poll, released on Aug. 25. This is only the second time in Big Ten history that a preseason poll was conducted. Prior to the season the Big Ten womens soccer coaches were asked to rank each team, excluding their own.
2004 Women's Big Ten Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. Penn State (8)
2. Illinois (3)
3. Ohio State
5. Purdue 6. Indiana 7. Michigan State
(First Place votes in parenthesis)
THE HOMETOWN GIRL Freshman Katy Stewart decided to stay at home, when she chose Indiana. The Bloomington South high school product was a four-year varsity starter for BHS. The midfielder was voted to the ICSGA first team all-state selection as a junior and senior. In addition, Stewart was the recipient of the Hardest Worker award as a sophomore and junior, and was named BHS Athlete-of-the-Season as a senior.
ITS INDIANA OR THE BORDER IU stays close to home when it comes time to recruit. Of the 24-women roster, 18 hail from Indiana or a bordering state. Ten are from Indiana directly, while Illinois was responsible for five players, Ohio two and Michigan one student-athlete. It should be noted that IU does not just stop there. The Cream and Crimson currently have a player from both Canada and New Jersey.
INJURY NOTE Sophomore Stacey Van Boxmeer (concussion) and redshirt freshman Jenna Babcock (ACL) are the only two Hoosiers facing an injury concern to start the season. Both Hoosiers have been cleared, medically, to play this weekend, but both students have not done much in the preseason.
JUST WARMING UP Indiana showed what kind of team they could be during the spring. The Hoosiers defeated the defending national champion North Carolina Tar Heels 1-0. Junior Lauren Fabbro posted the shutout, while senior Kim Grodek scored the lone goal of the contest.
GRODEK NEARS MILESTONES Senior Kim Grodek will enter the 2004 season with a chance to etch her name more in the Indiana record books. The midfielder is currently tied for first in school history with 10 Big Ten goals. She is also fifth in school history with 17 goals.