Women's Soccer

    Indiana Looks To Remain Undefeated Against No. 6 Florida and Mercer

    Go Hoosiers! Orianica Velasquez Herrera has provided a spark on the offensive end this season.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Orianica Velasquez Herrera has provided a spark on the offensive end this season.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Sept. 3, 2009


    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Hoosiers will welcome No. 6 Florida to Bill Armstrong Stadium on Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. and then travel to Athens, Ga., for a Sunday tilt with the Mercer Bears. The game against Mercer will be the first road match of season for Indiana.

    The Hoosiers remained perfect on the year after taking both games last weekend at home. A 3-0 win over Evansville on Friday was followed by a 1-0 win over Central Michigan on Sunday. Dating back to last year, Indiana has not allowed a goal in 600:58 minutes, the second longest streak in school history. And sophomore Lindsay Campbell has been in goal for all of those minutes and has made 16 saves over that span to preserve the Hoosier victories.

    Mick Lyon is in his eighth season at the helm of the IU women's soccer program, where he has a record of 67-58-16. Last year the Hoosiers battled to an 8-10-1 mark, although the team's play was far better than the record indicates and they were in nearly every game. 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 42-16-6 on Yeagley Field in his reign, including a 23-6-3 mark in the last two-plus seasons. Lyon has a career record of 174-123-34 (.585) in his 17th year as a college coach.

    Becky Burleigh is entering her 15th year leading the Florida women's soccer program. She has one national championship to her credit (1998) and a pair of college cup appearances. She has an overall record at Florida of 248-64-21 (.776).

    Grant Serafy is in his sixth season with the Mercer Bears and has compiled a record of 40-46-9 after an 11-5-4 record in 2008.



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    Indiana continued its hot play to start the season last weekend with a 3-0 rout of Wright State and then completed the weekend sweep with a 1-0 win over Central Michigan on Sunday. The pair of shutout wins has extended sophomore goalkeeper Lindsay Campbell's shutout streak to 500:58 minutes, which is the second-longest in school history. She has now ran her consecutive shutouts streak to six games and has seven shutouts overall in her career.

    Offensively for the Hoosiers there were a variety of players that stood out. Carly Samp, Devon Beach and Orianica Velasquez Herrera all had a goal and an assist over the weekend. Samp earned the game-winner against Central Michigan, her second career game winning tally. Herrera's goal was the first of her collegiate career in her first game as she sent a blast to the back of the net from 25 yards out.

    The Gators are experiencing a youth movement this season as 25 of the 33 players on the roster are either freshmen or sophomores. However head coach Becky Burleigh is entering her 15th season and has been down this road before. She will be looking to lead the Gators to their fourth consecutive SEC title and are coming off of an appearance in the Sweet 16 a season ago.

    In goal, Florida returns Katie Fraine who appeared in 10 matches last year, including all three games in the NCAA Tournament. This season she has two shutouts in three games and has allowed just one goal while making nine saves.

    Ashlee Elliot and Lauren Hyde lead a balanced UF attack so far this year with three points apiece. Angela Napolitano has a pair of assists to lead the team in that category through the early part of the season.

    To this point in the season, the Gators have been a second half team if there ever was one. They have scored six goals on the year and all of them have come in the second 90 minutes.

    The Bears enter play this weekend with all kinds of confidence after earning a 1-1 tie with No. 16 Georgia at home last weekend. Mercer took the lead five minutes into the second half but the Bulldogs rallied for a goal later in the half before the game was called in the 81st minute due to lightning.

    Mercer has scored just three goals through its three games so far and all of them have come from different players. They have all three also been unassisted goals.

    In goal, Mercer has senior Jean Worts who has played all but six minutes to this point. She has made 11 saves and allowed three goals.

    Indiana has scored five goals in its three games so far, with an own goal from Wright State accounting for the sixt team goal. It has been far from a one-player show, as five different players have found the back of the net already.

    In addition, three differnt players picked up a goal and an assist last weekend alone. Carly Samp, Devon Beach and Orianica Velasquez Herrera each had three points on the weekend, with Samp's goal proving to be the game-winner against Central Michigan.

    Freshman forward Orianica Velasquez Herrera wasted little time in getting into the scoring column for the Hoosiers. The native of Bogota, Colombia found the back of the net from 25 yards out in her first career game on Friday. Then on Sunday she made a marvelous pass over her head to Carly Samp who gathered it in stride and deposited it in the back of the net for the winning tally.

    Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium has been a daunting place for opponents under head coach Mick Lyon. In his seven years, the Hoosiers have posted a 42-16-6 record at home overall and 19-11-5 in Big Ten play. This year, IU will play 11 matches in Armstrong, the most since 2007 when they went 9-1-1 and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Indiana also opens the regular season with four consecutive home games, the first time that has happened since 1993 when the Hoosiers hosted five straight home games to start the year. The year was also the first year that women's soccer was a varsity sport at Indiana.

    Entering the season opener, the Hoosiers' defense has a scoreless streak they would like to keep in tact. They did not allowed a goal in the last 330:58 of regular season play last year and with shutouts of Wright State, Evansville and Central Michigan this season, was able to extend that streak to 600:58. IU was able to keep #25 Illinois, Michigan State and Michigan off the scoreboard over the final three matches of the season. The last goal that was scored against IU came at the 49:02 mark of the second half by Purdue on Oct. 17, 2008.

    The school record is eight consecutive shutouts set in 1993 and the school record for longest shutout streak, in terms of minutes, is 808:34 minutes, also set in 1993.

    Fans can watch the IU women's soccer team on television twice this season. The home match against rival Purdue on Oct. 8 will be on the Big Ten Network, however it will not be aired until Oct. 10 at 5:30 p.m. The second game will be Oct. 18 at Michigan, when the Hoosiers and Wolverines do battle. That game will also be aired on a tape-delay basis as the game will be played at 2 p.m. and aired at 4 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.

    All of the remaining home games not carried by the Big Ten Network will be streamed LIVE on IUHoosiers.com with a monthly access fee required. Play-by-play for the matches on IUHoosiers.com will be provided by Dave Leno.


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