Bloomington, IN - Three women's soccer players were recognized for their aggressive play in the Nike Tiger Invitational held over the weekend in Columbia, Mo. Shelly Gruszka, Kim Grodek and Kara Bryan each landed a spot on the All-Tournament team as voted on by the participating coaches.
Gruszka was the Hoosiers most outstanding player over the weekend, being in the right place at the right time, every time. The first regular season goal of 2002 for the Hoosiers came from Kristen Sprunger on the Gruszka assist, a ball so well-placed Sprunger had to only tap it in. She again came up big in the 9th minute of the Mizzou contest, scoring from ten yards out on the Kristen Zmijewski assist. Her final shining moment of the evening came in double overtime at the 107th minute mark when she again placed a superb pass in front of the Tiger goal. Bryan capitalized on the opportunity, giving the Hoosiers their first win of the season.
Grodek was a silent threat to opposing defenses, having a combined four shots, two of them on goal over the weekend. She continually set up plays that broke the opposing defenses and managed to create scoring opportunities for her teammates.
Bryan scored the game-winning goal in IU's double overtime win against Missouri Sunday night. It was only a matter of time before Bryan would find the back of the net in that game as three of her six shots were on goal. In the Kentucky outing she had two shots, both of which were on goal. Her energetic ball-handling proved to perpetually fool the defense of UK and Mizzou over the weekend.
Indiana placed second in the four-team Nike Tiger Invitational behind Kentucky. They finish ahead of conference rival, No. 23 Illinois and host Missouri.