Hoosiers Travel to St. Louis
September 3, 2003
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Bloomington, Ind. -The Indiana womens soccer team will participate in the Seventh Annual Toys for Tots/Military Academies Classic Sept 5-7 in St. Louis, Mo. Also attending this charity event are two United States service academies, Army and Air force and Saint Louis University.
The Hoosiers will face Saint Louis first on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Following Fridays game, the Hoosiers go up against Army on Sunday at 11 a.m. Both games will be played at the Robert R. Hermann Stadium in St. Louis, Mo.
We are ready to play in this tournament, said Coach Lyon. We wont change anything as far as the way we play, such as formation or style. What we need to work on is executing on all the scoring opportunities.
History of the Tournament
This is the second year the Billikens have hosted the event at Hermann Stadium.
Over the six-year history of the tournament, the event has gathered over 8,000 toys for the local Toys for Tots campaign. The Toys for Tots/Military Academies Womens Soccer Classic was organized by the St. Louis Military Academies Sports Foundation, Inc. to benefit Toys for Tots, the nationwide community service project of the United States Marine Corps Reserves.
Homecoming for Five IU Players
Five Hoosiers will get a chance to play in their hometown for this weekends event.
Seniors Shelly Gruszka (St. Josephs), Erin Hesselbach (Incarnate World) and Emily Hotz (Cor Jesu), sophomore Ryan Hanley (MISCDS) and freshman Lauren Lamping (St. Josephs) are all natives of St. Louis, Mo.
Hoosiers Drop Two Games in FAU Kick Off Classic
The Hoosiers opened up their season with two losses this past weekend at the Florida Atlantic Kick Off Classic in Boca Raton, Fla.
Indiana was defeated, 1-0, Friday night by the University of Miami. Both teams were scoreless at the end of regulation, but Miami was able to answer with a goal just 90 seconds into the overtime period. Shaunna Daugherty played the entire game in goal recording five saves.
Sunday, the Hoosiers had another tough, 1-0 loss to Florida Atlantic. There were plenty of scoring opportunies, but Indiana was unable to come up with anything.
Junior Kim Grodek sparked the Hoosiers offense, playing the full time in both games. She took a total of seven shots, three of which were on goal.
The staff was very pleased with the overall performance other than lack of scoring this weekend, said Lyon. Our team shape, effort, organization, possession of the ball and building of attacks were all positive things for us. The fact that we only gave up one goal in overtime and one goal on a missed play against FAU, shows the defense was very solid. Not only did we give up those one goals we gave up very few opportunities.
Scouting Saint Louis
The Billikens are currently 1-0 after a convincing 6-0 decision over Arkansas State on Sun., Aug. 31. Freshmen Anna Schuch and Courtney Hulcer hooked up for what proved to be the game winner in the match's third minute of play. Junior Jamie Perry added a pair of goals, while sophomores Christie Cigno, Kelly Ferguson and Trisha Neidenbach rounded out the scoring. Entering his eighth season at the helm of the women's soccer program, is head coach Tim Champion. The Billikens finished 13-6-1 in 2002.
Indiana and Saint Louis will compete for the first time on Friday
Coach Lyon says: They are a very good team. They will be at their home field on a Friday night. I expect them to be ready to play. The key will be to take them out of the game early by moving the ball quickly and stretching the game in both space and speed.
The Black Knights stand at 2-0 after defeating Manhattan, 3-0, in their home opener at Clinton Field on Tuesday, Sept. 2. Alison Mulnix, Delnaney Brown and Kate Venable each scored goals in the shutout. Previously, the Black Knights defeated Gardner Webb, 2-1 at the High Point Classic last weekend.
Soccer Buzz recognized the Black Knights in its preseason poll, placing them No. 9 in the Northeast Region. Gene Ventriglia is the head coach at Army. He led the 2002 team to a first-place conference finish and a 12-3-1 record overall.
This will be the first meeting between the Hoosiers and Black Knights.
Coach Lyon says: We know a little bit about them. We will watch them play on Friday and get ourselves ready.