Women's Soccer Set for Aggie Soccer Invitational
Aug. 28, 2008
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.
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.
DAY AT THE BEACH
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.
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.
LAWRENCE GATHERS PRESEASON HONORS
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.
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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