Women's Soccer

    Women's Soccer Kicks Off 2007 this Weekend

    Go Hoosiers! Liz Holby and the Hoosiers will begin their 2007 campaign this weekend with a pair of road contests in Florida.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Liz Holby and the Hoosiers will begin their 2007 campaign this weekend with a pair of road contests in Florida.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Aug. 29, 2007

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    Indiana kicks off its 2007 campaign with a road swing through northern Florida for a pair of contests. The Hoosiers start things off by facing No. 13 Florida in Gainesville on Friday night and will finish off the trip with a contest at Jacksonville University on Sunday.

    The Hoosiers finished the 2006 season with a 9-7-4 record and a 5-4-1 mark in conference action. IU's fourth-place finish in the Big Ten was its highest since 1998, the last time the Hoosiers made it to the NCAA Tournament. Indiana returns 15 letterwinners and six starters from last year's squad, as it seeks to make it to the conference tournament for the sixth consecutive season.

    The Indiana women's soccer team was bested in its lone exhibition contest of the 2007 preseason, falling to Missouri on Tuesday night, 5-0. The Hoosiers open the regular season on Friday, Aug. 31, at No. 13 Florida.

    The Tigers opened the scoring in the 18th minute on a header by Alysha Bonnick and made it 2-0 on a deflection by Janelle Cordia in the 34th minute. Megan Reinhardt played the first half for the Hoosiers in net, making one save for IU.

    The second half saw Mizzou score three more tallies, one each from Katya Hessel, Mo Redmond and Kristin Andrighetto. Freshman Lauren Hollandsworth played the second half in goal for the Hoosiers, turning aside six Tiger shots on goal.

    Tasha Dittamore and Mallory Forst split the shutout for Missouri, with Dittamore playing the first half. Forst made three saves in the game, while Dittamore had one.

    For the first time in school history, the Indiana women's soccer team had two Big Ten All-Freshman Team honorees in 2006. Defender Kelly Lawrence and midfielder Christie Kotynski each also earned second team honors from the conference, which gives the Hoosiers two returning all-conference players for the first time since the 1999 season, when IU was coming off its last appearance in the NCAA Tournament.



    Lawrence and Kotynski both grabbed all-region honors and Freshman All-America honors from Soccer Buzz. In addition to those two, Indiana also returns rising sophomores Taylor Fallon and Jessica Boots on the backline. Fallon was named a Freshman All-American by Top Drawer Soccer, while Boots started all 20 games at left back.

    Seven different Hoosiers helped teams to top-two finishes at nationally prominent tournaments over the summer. Highlighting the summer efforts were the five Hoosiers who helped the Carmel United Cyclones Under-19 squad to a United States Youth Soccer Association National Championship on July 29.

    Carmel was led by five different IU sophomores as it earned a national title. Longtime team member Jessica Boots was one of the top defensive players of the tournament, while Indiana teammmates Christie Kotynski, Kristin Arnold, Natalie O'Bryan and newcomer Nikki Bonacorsi played key roles in helping Carmel go 1-1-1 at the national tourney before posting a 2-0 victory in the title match.

    Also competing at the USYSA nationals was Fallon, who played this summer for the Slammers FC Under-18 squad in California. Slammers advanced all the way to the U-18 finals, but fell in penalty kicks to Bloomfield Force to finish as runner-up at the tourney.

    On the international stage, Lawrence played for England at the UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship, and helped her country to a second-place finish at the European tournament. The English 11 fell to Germany, 2-0, in the finals of the event.

    Additionally, Beverly Markwort helped her women's amateur squad, St. Louis FC, to the national semifinals of the U.S. Adult Soccer Association national tourney in Seattle.

    The Indiana women's soccer team will host 10 games in its 19-game 2007 schedule. In addition to four Big Ten home games, the Hoosiers will play host to the third annual Hoosier Classic, which will bring national powers Maryland, Southern California and Loyola Marymount to Bloomington this season.

    Indiana will begin its season with a trip to Florida to take on NCAA participants Jacksonville and Florida. The Gators advanced to the round of 16 a season ago, while JU was topped in the first round by national semifinalist Florida State in the 2006 tournament.

    Following their trip to Florida, the Hoosiers return home for the Hoosier Classic on Sept. 7 and 9. This season, the four-game event will feature three of the elite programs in the country. The Hoosiers will square off with NCAA participants USC and LMU, while ACC squad Maryland will also come to town for the Classic.

    Indiana then plays five of its next six games at home, with a mid-week trip to Butler being the lone exception. Indiana closes out its homestand with its first Big Ten contests of the season, as Northwestern and Wisconsin visit Bloomington for games on Friday, Sept. 28, and Sunday, Sept. 30, respectively.

    The Indiana women's soccer program named seniors Lindsay McCarthy and Katy Stewart as co-captains for the 2007 season before the start of the spring campaign. Both McCarthy and Stewart were voted captains by their teammates this off-season.

    McCarthy, a 2006 co-captain, saw action in 20 games, while starting 18 this past fall. She finished the season with two goals and was the Hoosiers' nominee for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. Over her Indiana career the Galloway, N.J., native has been integral to the program's success, as she has netted eight goals and has assisted on five. McCarthy's most noteworthy performance came in 2004, when she recorded her first career hat trick against Oakland (9/30); the only time in IU history a freshman has scored three goals in a game.

    Stewart, a Bloomington, Ind., native will wrap up her career in her hometown, having seen action in 51 games over her first three seasons. Known as a valuable substitute off the bench, Stewart played in 19 games in 2006, with two starts, scoring one goal. As co-captain in both her junior and senior seasons at Bloomington South High School, she is no stranger to a leadership role.

    Woody Sherwood was named an assistant women's soccer coach at Indiana University on Monday, May 14. Sherwood, who served the 2006 season as an assistant at the University of Louisville, has more than 10 years of experience at the college level, particularly in the Indiana area.

    Sherwood helped Louisville to a top-25 ranking throughout the 2006 season and its first berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinals went 13-4-3 on the season, allowing just 10 goals on the year. The 13 wins were an all-time high for U of L, and the national ranking was also a first for the squad.

    Before joining the Cardinals, Sherwood served as the head coach at Butler for seven seasons, going 63-64-10. Sherwood was named the 2002 Horizon League Coach of the Year. He helped the Bulldogs to one conference co-championship and three runner-up finishes in the league.

    With between 12 and 15 players available for the majority of the spring campaign, head coach Mick Lyon and his squad went 5-2-3 during the spring season. Arnold, Kotynski and Liz Holby each had two goals in the 10 matches. The defense was strong throughout the spring campaign, as the back four of Lawrence, Stewart, Boots and Fallon limited its opposition to minimal scoring chances and posted six shutouts and three other games when it allowed a single tally.

    After the graduation of eight seniors, head coach Mick Lyon and his staff stocked up with 12 incoming freshmen and a pair of Division I transfers to round out the 2007 squad. Louisville's Nikki Bonacorsi and Samford's Rachel Titus will join the 2007 squad as sophomores.

    The 12 incoming freshmen come to Bloomington from all over the country, with players from Colorado, Connecticut, New York and Virginia joining the IU roster. Five of the incoming student-athletes hail from the Hoosier state, including three Indianapolis natives and one player from Bloomington North. Two Illinois players and one Ohio native round out the class.

    Northwestern's goal in the 27th minute on Oct. 15, 2006, broke a string of three straight shutouts for the Hoosiers, and also ended the fourth-longest shutout streak in school history and second-longest this season. Indiana had not allowed a goal since Katelin Spencer scored in the 61st minute of IU's 2-1 win over Michigan on Sunday, Oct. 1, a span of 346:27.

    Indiana recorded eight shutouts on the season, tying the school record in that category. Indiana's 1993 and 1998 squads each shut out eight opponents. The Hoosiers allowed 15 goals in 2006, the fewest in the Big Ten and in school history.

    When Charlotte scored with just 20 seconds to play in the first half of the Hoosiers' 1-1 tie with the 49ers on Sept. 15, it stopped the second-longest shutout streak in IU history.

    Indiana head coach Mick Lyon had more to celebrate than just picking up three points on Friday, Oct. 13. The 1-0 victory over Wisconsin was the 150th of the head coach's career in his 14th year of coaching. Lyon is 43-41-12 in his five years at Indiana, and is 150-106-30 in his career. Lyon led Evansville to six Missouri Valley Conference championships and three NCAA Tournament appearances.

    Northwestern's 1-0 victory on Sunday, Oct. 15, snapped the Hoosiers' unbeaten streak at 13 games, the second-longest in school history and the longest single-season streak in the program's 14 years. Indiana won 14 games in a row between Oct. 3, 1993, and Sept. 14, 1994. During the 13-game streak, IU outscored its opponents 18-5, and scored the game's first goal in 10 of the 13 contests.

    For the first time since 1998, three different Hoosiers earned Big Ten Player of the Week recognition in 2006. Carrie DeFreece was named Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 11 after scoring all three IU goals in the Hoosier Classic, while Jenna Babcock and Stacey Van Boxmeer received Defensive Player of the Week laurels on Oct. 2 and Oct. 9, respectively.

    Two Hoosiers also saw their names appear nationally, as Ali Brown and Babcock each earned national recognition for their performances. Brown was named to the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week and the Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week on Sept. 25 after scoring both goals in a 2-1 win over Ohio State. Babcock earned notice from both publications on Oct. 2 after Indiana won weekend contests at Michigan State and Michigan and allowed just one goal in the process.


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