Bloomington, Ind. - The quest for the second win of 2002 is on as Indiana travels to Cincinnati, Ohio for its third-straight road game in a Thursday matchup with the Bearcats. The contest marks the 10th consecutive meeting of the two teams. IU boasts a 7-2 record against Cincinnati as its only two losses have come on the road.
Indiana owns a 1-1-0 record in 2002, losing to Kentucky 3-1 in the season opener in the Nike Tiger Invitational in Columbia, Mo. The Hoosiers got their first win in a long, exciting but drawn-out game against Missouri in double overtime.
The exciting double-overtime win over Missouri on September 1 in the Nike Tiger Invitational saw Kara Bryan score the game-winner in the 107th minute when Shelly Gruszka set her up with a strategic ball just in front of the Tiger goal for the 2-1 victory. Gruszka's assist was her second of the weekend and fourth point in 2002.
Cincinnati will be a tough opponent this season, coming off a trip to the NCAA's Round of 16 and ranked second in the Conference USA preseason poll. The Bearcats are currently 2-0 after edging No. 12 Florida 2-1 on September 1. Their first win came over cross town rival, Xavier, 3-0.
Cincinnati's Amy Simonson scored in both games to lead the Bearcats. The other goal in the Florida game came from Renee Balconi while Marie Strelka and Tianna Oliver scored in the Xavier win.
Hoosier freshman Kristen Zmijewski recorded the first assist, and subsequent first point, of her collegiate career when she dropped the ball in to Gruszka on the first goal against Mizzou. Zmijewski started both games in the Invititational and was not the only freshman to see her first start at the college level. Ryan Hanley started against Mizzou while freshmen Robin Barker, Dani Patton and Jamie Temple came off the bench over the weekend to get their first minutes for IU.
Over the weekend the Hoosiers scored the 800th point in the history of women's soccer at IU. Kara Bryan's golden goal in the 107th minute put Indiana's current count for points at 801 points. In the next few games, look for IU to take its 2,000th shot as the current total is 1,977 after weekend play.
The Hoosiers next look to Xavier and their first home game. They will enjoy a full week off of games until September 12 at 6 p.m. when they host the Musketeers.