Women's Soccer

    Hoosier Classic Set To Kick Off at Armstrong Stadium

    Go Hoosiers! Leigh Anne Cummings and the Hoosiers will take on Vermont and Cal Poly this weekend at the Hoosier Classic.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Leigh Anne Cummings and the Hoosiers will take on Vermont and Cal Poly this weekend at the Hoosier Classic.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Sept. 4, 2008

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    Indiana Hoosiers (1-2) vs. Vermont Catamounts (1-2)
    Friday, Sept. 5
    7:30 p.m. ET
    Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium
    Bloomington, Ind.
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    Indiana Hoosiers (1-2) vs. Cal Poly Mustangs (1-3)
    Sunday, Sept. 7
    11 a.m. ET
    Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium
    Bloomington, Ind.
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    HOOSIER CLASSIC CENTRAL


    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.

    THE COACHES
    Mick Lyon is in his seventh season at the helm of the IU women's soccer program, where he has a record of 56-49-15. His 2007 campaign was his finest as a Hoosier head coach, as he led IU to its first NCAA Tournament in his tenure, and led IU to the third round of the Tournament for the first time in school history. Lyon's teams have been especially dominant at home, as the Hoosiers are 34-12-5 on Yeagley Field, including a 15-2-2 mark in the last two seasons. Lyon has a career record of 164-115-33 (.579) in his 16th year as a college coach.

    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
    Though she has played in just three official games in an Indiana uniform, freshman Devon Beach has already showed how much of an impact she can have for the Hoosiers this season. After scoring the lone goal in an exhibition win over Miami (Ohio), Beach has scored in two of three regular-season games and her aggressiveness in the offensive end resulted in a goal in IU's other contest.

    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.

    FRESH FACES
    Despite returning eight starters and 14 letterwinners from the 2007 squad, Indiana still has a number of newcomers playing key roles on the pitch in 2008. In addition to leading scorer Devon Beach, three other freshmen have found their way into the starting lineup in every regular-season contest in 2008. Kerri Krawczak (defender), Kirsta Kellin (midfielder) and Carly Samp (forward) have all started every game for IU.

    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.

    ARMSTRENGTH
    Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium has provided a significant home field advantage for the Hoosiers since the program started, as IU has a 73-43-8 mark all-time at the facility. But that strength has been magnified over the last two seasons, as the Hoosiers finished off the 2007 regular season with a 9-0-1 record there before falling to Duke in the NCAA Tournament. IU posted a 6-1-1 mark on Yeagley Field in 2006.

    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
    When Kelly Lawrence knocked home a penalty kick for the game winner against Tennessee, it marked the first converted PK for the Hoosiers since Kara Bryan scored in the 21st minute against Penn State on Sept. 30, 2001. Indiana had been awarded two penalties since Bryan's goal, but was unable to convert on either of them. The last PK awarded to the Hoosiers was against Northwestern in 2006, but Lawrence, then a freshman, missed just wide.

    HOLLA BACK
    At the Aggie Soccer Invitational, sophomore keeper Lauren Hollands-worth showed why she was a staple between the posts as a freshman in 2007. Hollandsworth picked up her first shutout of 2008 (and the seventh of her career) against Tennessee, making six saves to keep the Lady Vols off the scoreboard. She followed that up with six saves against Texas A&M as well, giving her 14 saves in just three games so far this season. In 2007, she set freshman records with 13 wins and six shutouts.

     

     

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