Women's Soccer

    Women's Soccer Set for Aggie Soccer Invitational

    Go Hoosiers! Kristin Arnold will face her namesake on Sunday at the Aggie Soccer Invitational.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Kristin Arnold will face her namesake on Sunday at the Aggie Soccer Invitational.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Aug. 28, 2008

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    The Indiana women's soccer team will take part in one of the elite events of the women's college soccer season, when it travels to the Aggie Soccer Invitational this weekend. Along with the Hoosiers, No. 2 North Carolina, No. 13 Texas A&M and No. 14 Tennessee will take part in the event. IU will not face the Tar Heels at the Invitational, though, and the Aggies and Lady Vols will not take the pitch together. The Hoosiers are coming off a season-opening, 4-1 loss to Dayton last Friday, as the Flyers used a strong attack to keep IU at bay throughout the contest. Both Tennessee and TAMU remain undefeated on the young 2008 season.

    Mick Lyon is in his seventh season at the helm of the IU women's soccer program, where he has a record of 56-49-15. His 2007 campaign was his finest as a Hoosier head coach, as he led IU to its first NCAA Tournament in his tenure, and led IU to the third round of the Tournament for the first time in school history. Lyon's teams have been especially dominant at home, as the Hoosiers are 34-12-5 on Yeagley Field, including a 15-2-2 mark in the last two seasons. Lyon has a career record of 163-114-33 (.579) in his 16th year as a college coach.

    G Guerrieri is in his 15th year at Texas A&M, building the Aggies into a national powerhouse, with 241 wins to just 69 losses in his tenure there. Angela Kelly is in her ninth year as head coach at Tennessee, where she has won SEC Coach of the Year honors three times.

    Though she has played in just one official game in an Indiana uniform, freshman Devon Beach has already showed how much of an impact she can have on the Hoosiers this season. After scoring the lone goal in an exhibition win over Miami (Ohio), Beach came up big in her regular-season debut, smashing home IU's lone goal against Dayton.

    With the Hoosiers trailing 1-0 early, the Sarnia, Ontario, native evened the score on a beautiful, one-touch goal to knot the score. The play started on a free kick from 30 yards that redirected to Kristin Arnold on the left side. Arnold sent a floater into the box that keeper Deana Waintraub punched out, but the ball came to Beach in the middle of the field. The freshman instantly reacted, firing a howitzer into the lower right corner for her first collegiate goal at 7:22.

    Against Miami, Beach scored in the 48th minute to tally the lone score in the game. Beach put the Hoosiers on the board at 47:22, converting a long through ball for her first goal in an IU uniform. The freshman got in behind the defense with a stellar run and sent a ball just out of Krista Pace's reach, tucking it just inside the right post to put the Hoosiers up 1-0.

    The freshman joined the Hoosiers after playing for both provincial and national teams in her native Canada. She played three years at Northern Collegiate Institute and Vocational School, where she was the team's top goal scorer in each of her three seasons.

    Despite returning eight starters and 14 letterwinners from the 2007 squad, Indiana still has a number of newcomers playing key roles on the pitch in 2008. In addition to goal scorer Devon Beach, three other freshmen found their way into the starting lineup in the opener against Dayton. Kerri Krawczak (defender), Kirsta Kellin (midfielder) and Carly Samp (forward) have all started both the regular-season opener and the exhibition for Indiana so far in 2008.

    Additionally, three others among the class of 10 freshmen have taken part in both the exhibition and the Dayton contest. Michelle Lind (defender), Gina Daniele (midfielder) and Lex Dickison (goalkeeper) all saw action for IU.

    Junior defender Kelly Lawrence has been named to the 2008 Women's Hermann Trophy Watch List, the Missouri Athletic Club announced. Forty-seven of the top Division I players in the nation comprise the list for collegiate women's soccer's top individual honor.

    Lawrence is one of six Big Ten players to be named to the Watch List. Penn State leads the way with three selections (Zoe Bouchelle, Alyssa Naeher, Katie Schoepfer), while Illinois (Emily Zurrer) and Purdue (Jenny Bradfisch) each have one on the list.

    The recipients of the MAC's Hermann Trophy are selected by Division I head coaches who are current members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. A list of 15 semifinalists is selected by a coaches committee in November, with three finalists announced in early December. They will be invited to the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis, Mo., for a news conference on Jan. 9, 2009, where the winner will be announced, with a presentation banquet following.

    A native of Chigwell, Essex, England, Lawrence has represented her country in several international competitions, earning 22 caps for England. Most recently, she played with the Under-23 squad at the Nordic Cup and also played for the U-20 squad at the Four Nations Tournament in February.

    Following the 2007 season, Lawrence was selected All-Great Lakes Region by both the NSCAA and Soccer Buzz. She also became the first Hoosier defender in school history to pick up first team All-Big Ten laurels. She is just the second defender to have garnered all-conference honors twice in her career, joining Azure Johnson (1995, 1996) in that category. Lawrence and Emily Hotz (2000, 2001) are the only two Hoosiers to have picked up conference recognition in their freshman and sophomore campaigns.

    When Indiana plays the host Aggies on Sunday afternoon, fans will have to pay attention whenever they hear the name Kristin Arnold. The Hoosiers' leading scorer from last year shares the name with Texas A&M's all-conference goalkeeper, and interestingly enough, both players spell their name the same way. Both are also juniors, and both earned all-conference accolades in 2007. The keeper for the Aggies was named to the MAC's Hermann Trophy Watch List entering this season and was a first team All-Big XII honoree a year ago.

    One unique feature about the 2008 Hoosiers is the absence of any seniors on the roster. With no seniors on the 2008 squad, the junior class will be looked to as the leaders of the team. The seven juniors have a multitude of experience in an IU uniform in their three years in Bloomington, including five players who started at least 19 games a season ago.

    Kristin Arnold and Liz Holby anchor the forward line for the junior class. Arnold was a second team All-Big Ten honoree in 2007 after scoring 10 goals and four assists. Holby played in all 23 games up front and scored a pair of goals a season ago.

    In the midfield, Christie Kotynski and Natalie O'Bryan represent the juniors. Kotynski was a 2006 second team All-Big Ten selection and an All-Freshman Team honoree, and followed that up by scoring 15 points in starting all 23 contests for IU. O'Bryan played in 22 of Indiana's 23 contests, and scored a goal and an assist.

    On defense, Kelly Lawrence and Jessica Boots each begin their third year starting on the back line for Indiana. Boots has 42 starts in 42 games in her college career, while Lawrence has 40 starts in 40 games. In addition to Lawrence and Boots, classmate Taylor Fallon, who played in 19 games a season ago, returns, but will miss the first month of the season due to injury.




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