Hoosier Classic Set To Kick Off at Armstrong Stadium
Sept. 4, 2008
Indiana Hoosiers (1-2) vs. Cal Poly Mustangs (1-3)
THE OPENING WHISTLE
The Indiana women's soccer team returns to Armstrong Stadium for the fourth edition of the Hoosier Classic. IU is coming off a weekend split at the Aggie Soccer Invitational, as it knocked off No. 14 Tennessee, 2-0, but was bested by No. 13 Texas A&M, 3-1. The Hoosiers enter the weekend at 1-2-0 on the season with their first home contests on tap for the weekend. Along with Indiana opponents Vermont and Cal Poly, Big Ten foe Wisconsin will play on Yeagley Field, as the Badgers face the Mustangs on Friday and the Catamounts on Sunday. The Badgers (2-1) are the only team in the field with a winning record, as the remaining three have one win each.
Kwame Lloyd is in his first season as the leader of the Catamounts after 14 years of experience at several different levels of college soccer. Alex Crozier is in his 17th year at the helm of the Mustangs and is a four-time Big West Coach of the Year. Paula Wilkins is in her second year at Wisconsin after a tremendous six-year run at the head of the Penn State program.
DAY AT THE BEACH
With the Hoosiers trailing 1-0 early against Dayton, the Sarnia, Ontario, native evened the score on a beautiful, one-touch goal to knot the score. The play started on a free kick from 30 yards that redirected to Kristin Arnold on the left side. Arnold sent a floater into the box that keeper Deana Waintraub punched out, but the ball came to Beach in the middle of the field. The freshman instantly reacted, firing a howitzer into the lower right corner for her first collegiate goal at 7:22.
In her weekend at the prestigious Aggie Soccer Invitational, Beach gave the opposition fits in both contests. Against No. 14 Tennessee, the freshman twice beat her defenders into the box, but both times her grade-A opportunities resulted in shots just wide of the net. Then in the 69th minute, her offensive aggressiveness led to a Lady Vol defender pulling her down in the box, giving the Hoosiers a penalty kick that resulted in the eventual game-winning goal on a conversion by Kelly Lawrence.
Against No. 13 Texas A&M it was much of the same for Beach, as she continually gave the Aggie defense fits in the opening half. With her team down 1-0, the freshman lifted the Hoosiers on her shoulders, and beat a trio of defenders to get loose and score in the 27th minute for her second career goal. Beach leads Indiana with nine shots in her three games.
The freshman joined the Hoosiers after playing for both provincial and national teams in her native Canada. She played three years at Northern Collegiate Institute and Vocational School, where she was the team's top goal scorer in each of her three seasons.
Additionally, three others among the class of 10 freshmen have seen action this season. Michelle Lind (defender), Gina Daniele (midfielder) and Lex Dickison (goalkeeper) all have played in at least one contest for IU.
With a 2-1 win over Oakland on Oct. 21, 2007, IU wrapped up the first undefeated regular season at home in program history. The 1998 squad came the closest, but wound up 8-1-0 after a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Missouri. Indiana tied in its home opener against Loyola Marymount in 2007 and ran off nine straight home wins to finish off the regular season.
IU has not had a losing record at Armstrong in Mick Lyon's tenure, as the coach is 34-12-4 there in his six-year career, including a 19-3-3 mark in his last 25 contests.
ON THE PK
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