Women's Soccer

    Hoosiers Ready For Home Opener Against Western Michigan

    Go Hoosiers! Chloe McKay
    Go Hoosiers!
    Chloe McKay
    Go Hoosiers!

    Aug. 31, 2010

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University women's soccer team will open the home portion of its schedule on Wednesday against Western Michigan at 7:30 p.m. at Armstrong Stadium and admission in free. The Hoosiers will also play host to Nebraska on Saturday at 12:00 p.m.

    The Hoosiers went 1-1 last weekend to move to 2-1 on the season as they enter their home opener on Wednesday against Western Michigan. Last Friday, Indiana held an advantage in the shots category but a couple defensive lapses ended up in a 2-0 loss at Kentucky. But head coach Mick Lyon and his team did not hang their heads, coming out on Sunday at Butler and dismantling the Bulldogs in a 6-0 victory. Nine different IU players registered at least one point in the contest, with Devon Beach leading the way with four points on a pair of goals. Orianica Velasquez added a goal and a assist and Carly Samp, Darby Hannon and Lara Ross provided the other offense. The six goals marked the first time since 1998 that the Hoosiers had scored six goals in a game and just the fourth time in program history they scored six or more goals.

    Western Michigan has wins against Indiana State and Oakland to its credit this season and their lone loss came at the hands of Michigan State in East Lansing. The Cornhuskers started the year with a 3-0 loss at New Mexico but rebounded nicely last weekend for a pair of shutout wins at the Husker Classic. On Friday, Nebraska defeated Loyola Chicago and then came back and took care of Loyola Maryland on Sunday.

    Mick Lyon is in his ninth season at the helm of the IU women's soccer program, where he has a record of 76-66-18. Last year the Hoosiers finished the seaosn with a 10-7-2 overall record and fell just short of earning an NCAA Tournament berth. The team started out 2009 with six straight victories to set a school record. His 2007 campaign was his finest as a Hoosier head coach, as he led IU to its first NCAA Tournament in his tenure, and saw the Hoosiers advance to the third round of the Tournament for the first time in school history. Lyon's teams have been dominant at home, as the Hoosiers are 47-18-7 on Yeagley Field in his reign, including a 28-8-4 mark in the last three seasons. Lyon has a career record of 183-131-36 (.523) in his 18th year as a college coach.

    Suzie Grech is in just her second season leading Western Michigan and went 6-8-5 in her first season.John Walker is in his 17th season at the helm of the Nebraska program and has a 238-91-21 overall record.

    Wednesday's game at Armstrong Stadium will be the first meeting between Indiana and Western Michigan. Indiana is 5-0 all-time against Mid-American Conference teams after a 1-0 victory against Central Michigan last year.

    The meeting between the Hoosiers and Cornhuskers on Saturday will also be the first meeting between the two schools. The last Big 12 school that IU played was Texas A&M on Aug. 31, 2008, a game that Indiana lost 3-1.

    The Hoosiers are 11-5-1 all-time in regular season home openers all-time. Under head coach Mick Lyon, Indiana is 4-3-1 in regular season openers on the road after the 2-0 win against Wright State last year. Last year Indiana opened the season with four consecutive home games and won them all on their way to a 6-0-0 start to the year to set a school record.

    Junior midfielder Devon Beach registered her first two-goal game at Indiana on Sunday against Butler in the Hoosiers' 6-0 win. With the Hoosiers up by a goal, Beach took a pass in the box and hung onto the ball while the BU keeper dove at it and missed, allowing her to deposit the ball easily in the back of the goal. And then with less than ten minutes remaining, Beach was able to dribble around a handful of Butler defenders and fire a shot from 20 yards out that also found the goal.

    The native of Sarnia, Ontario, now has 10 career goals and 28 points.

    In Sunday's 6-0 win at Butler, the Hoosiers took a 1-0 lead into the locker room at halftime, only to come out and put up five goals over the final 45 minutes. It marked the fourth time that an IU team has scored six or more goals in a game and in each of those game, the Hoosiers have scored five goals in the second half. Below is a list of those occurances:

    Aug. 29, 1997: 5 goals in 2nd half vs. Temple (9-0 final)
    Sept. 12, 1997: 5 goals in 2nd half vs. BGSU (6-1 final)
    Sept. 9, 1998: 5 goals in 2nd half vs. IUPUI (9-0 final)
    Aug. 29, 2010: 5 goals in 2nd half vs. Butler (6-0 final)

    Freshman Becca Candler showed why she was one of the most heralded players of the 11-person freshman class for head coach Mick Lyon. She assisted on the second goal of the game by Orianica Velasquez and then found the goal for her first collegiate goal in the 83rd minute. She is the first IU freshman to score three or more points in a game since Velasquez did it last year.




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