Women's Soccer Kicks Off 2007 this Weekend
Aug. 29, 2007
SETTING THE SCENE
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.
LAST TIME OUT
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.
TWO CONFERENCE HONOREES RETURN
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.
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.
IU SETS STRONG 2007 SCHEDULE
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.
STEWART, MCCARTHY NAMED CAPTAINS
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.
SHERWOOD JOINS COACHING STAFF
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.
HOOSIERS SEE SUCCESS IN SPRING
SOCCER SQUAD ADDS 14 FOR 2007
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.
KEEPING `EM BLANK
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.
END OF THE ROAD
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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