Hoosiers Set To Open Regular Season Against Rival Kentucky
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Bloomington, IN - Friday is a big day for the 2002 Indiana women's soccer team as they open their regular season schedule in the Nike/Tiger Invitational, hosted by Missouri. These two tournament games will be the first regular season outings under new head coach Mick Lyon.
"It's always important to get off to a good start and set the tone for the season. Of course this team is looking to come away from the weekend with two wins, but just as important, we want to come away from the weekend an organized and invigorated team. We'll develop that from our play. As coaches we are looking at more than just wins," said Lyons.
Indiana will face Kentucky at 5 p.m. on Friday and will get a break until Sunday's 7 p.m. matchup against Missouri.
The Invitational puts IU up against some stiff competition, facing the Kentucky Wildcats and the Missouri Tigers.
Kentucky began their season in the IPFW Soccer Showcase, an exhibition matchup that the Hoosiers participated in this past weekend as well.
Kentucky faced Purdue in the first of two games in Ft. Wayne, falling to the Boilermakers 4-1. The second game of the showcase pitted the Wildcats against No. 7 Notre Dame, a game that was in a 1-1 lockup until the final minute of play when Notre Dame's Ashley Dryer scored to put the Fighting Irish up 2-1.
The Wildcats return seven starters from their 2001 squad, including Kathy Fulk, Keri Boyce and Elizabeth Ramsey. Boyce, a second-team All-SEC forward will be especially key as UK lost Annie Gage to graduation with the conclusion of the 2001 season.
The Indiana-Kentucky matchup stands at 4-3-1. The last meeting of the teams was in Lexington and both programs battled through double overtime in a 2-2 tie. Friday's contest will be the first time in the history of the series that the two will play on neutral turf.
Missouri opened their season in an exhibition game against Michigan, a game that saw the Wolverines down the Tigers, 2-1. The contest is Mizzou's only game before they open the season against No. 23 Illinois at 8 p.m. Friday in the Nike/Tiger Invitational.
Mizzou returns 2001 All-Big 12 forward Adriene Davis along with Suzy Probst, Carrie Crosset, Melissa Peabody and Big 12 all-tournament goalkeeper Megan Duncan.
IU will face the host Tigers in just the fourth matchup of the two programs. The Hoosiers have won just once in the series, dating back to October, 1996 when they beat the Tigers 5-1. The Hoosiers have more than the thrill of victory and their first regular season win pushing them - that 1996 IU squad would go on to win Indiana's first women's soccer Big Ten Championship.
The Hoosiers opened the exhibition portion of their season Aug. 21 as they played host to Valparaiso, a matchup that ended in a 1-1 tie. Shelly Gruszka scored the lone goal for Indiana, putting IU on the board in the first thirty seconds of the second half. IU's defense then held the Crusaders for nearly 40 minutes, until Valpo's Lorna Torrez found the back of the net on a cross from Lori Moore in the 84th minute.
Junior All-Big Ten midfielder Emily Hotz led the shooting frenzy with four as the Hoosiers outshot the Crusaders 17-5. Newcomer Kristen Zmijewski had three shots in the first start of her collegiate career.
IU's number one goalkeeper Shaunna Daugherty had two saves on the evening and held the Crusaders scoreless for the 72 minutes she spent in goal.
They continued in exhibition competition, traveling to Ft. Wayne and the IPFW Soccer Showcase, downing the host Mastadons 6-1.
Indiana outshot the Dons 20-4 as Zmijewski had six shots and Gruszka, Kara Bryan and Jenny Mann all had three shots in the contest. Zmijewski scored two of the Hoosiers' six goals as she broke the scoring drought in the 27th minute and put another Hoosier goal on the board in the 34th minute as Kate Kastl had the assist on the second goal. Between Zmijewski's pair, Kristen Sprunger scored on a breakaway as Carly Everett dropped in a strategically placed pass for the score. Kristen Limburg, Kara Bryan and Kim Grodek would score unassisted goals before the game's conclusion. Kristin Mcdonald had IPFW's lone goal in the 55th minute of play.
"The preseason training camp has been a success. It seemed like everyday we learned a little bit more about ourselves as a team and we grew as a team and as individuals. The two exhibition games taught us alot. There were significant developments from the first to the second game (against Valparaiso and IPFW, respectively). The big thing we took away from the Fort Wayne game was our ability to create scoring chances and convert on them. The defensive unit seems a lot more compact and secure. We want to continue to develop and grow those qualities through the weekend," said Lyons.
The 2002 Nike/Tiger Invitational kicks off Friday, Aug. 30 at 6 p.m. when Kentucky takes on Indiana. No. 23 Illinois will face host Missouri at 8 p.m. that night. Competition will resume Sunday, Aug. 1 when Kentucky faces the Illini at 6 p.m. and the Hoosiers take on Missouri at 8 p.m.