ON THE SCHEDULE The Indiana womens soccer team will travel to Coral Gables, Fla., to compete in the Miami Invitational. IU will face Florida International at noon (11:00 A.M. CST) on Friday, Sept. 10, and nationally ranked Auburn at 11:30 a.m (10:30 a.m. CST). on Sunday, Sept. 12.
LAST WEEKS RECAP Despite firing 18 shots, including 10 on goal, the Indiana women's soccer team fell to Ball State 1-0 last Sunday at Armstrong Stadium. Defense dominated the first nine minutes of the contest as neither team posted a shot.
The Hoosiers then began to get into the offensive flow, recording six shots, three on goal, over the next eight minutes. IU would have no luck though, as Ball State goalie Alison Becker would make two saves, while freshman Kristin Radcliffes saw her scoring opportunity clank off the right post.
IU's luck would not chance in the second half, as the Hoosiers saw Becker make six more saves. Radcliffe would have another shot hit the post at 50:47, while sophomore Megan Pipkens had an opportunity turned away at 60:31, as Becker was able to get a hand and deflect the midfielders shot away.
Ball State got its goal at 76:13 as Kate Nadalin took the feed from Dee Nocero and put it in the right corner.
Becker ended up with 10 saves on the night and ran her record to 4-0 on the season.
ON THE HORIZON The Hoosiers will start their Big Ten season as IU welcomes Minnesota and Iowa to Bloomington. Indiana will face the Golden Gophers on Friday night, Sept. 17, and the Hawkeyes on Sunday, Sept. 19.
SCOUTING FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL The Golden Panthers come into the match at 1-3, though, their schedule has not exactly been to kind.
FIU opened with a 2-1 loss to in-state rival Central Florida. FIU then took back-to-back losses to #12 Florida (4-1) and #13 Texas (5-0), before defeating Texas State 3-1.
Senior Janessa Taddei has been the scoring threat for the Golden Panthers so far, notching three of their five goals. Even more impressive has been her shot accuracy, as the midfielder has taken just six shots, three on goal, for those three goals.
FIU is young in the goalkeeper position with a freshman and a sophomore competing for time. Freshman Madeline Gannon has received the bulk of the playing time, starting three of the first four matches. She is 1-2 with nine saves and a 2.47 GAA. Sophomore Carly Argo has seen action in two games, with one start. She has a 5.28 GAA.
SERIES HISTORY This will be the third meeting ever between the two schools. Indiana has a perfect 2-0 mark against the Golden Panthers posting a 4-0 win in 1995 and a 1-0 overtime victory in 1996.
CONFERENCE HISTORY IU is a perfect 3-0 against current members of the Sun Belt Conference. Besides FIU, the Hoosiers have defeated South Alabama 2-1 (ot) in a home match in 1995.
SCOUTING #18/24 AUBURN The Auburn Tigers come into the weekend at 4-0, ranked #18 by Soccer Buzz, including fifth in the Southeast region. The Tigers are also ranked #24 by the NSCAA. Auburn will face tournament host Miami on Friday, before meeting the Hoosiers on Sunday morning.
Senior forward Chrissy Culver leads the team in scoring with seven points on three goals and an assist. Another senior forward, Sarah Steinmann is second on the tigers with two goals. Ten Tigers have registered at least one point so far, including five Auburn players who have scored a goal.
IU will have to score against one of the best goalkeepers in the country in senior Megan Rivera. The 2003 All-SEC second team performer, she also earned her third consecutive All-America honor as well as a Soccer Buzz Third Team All-American selection. Her accolades did not stop there as the NSCAA named her to its All-Region second team.
Through the first four games this season, Rivera has allowed just one goal and has posted a .33 GAA.
SERIES HISTORY This will be the first meeting between Indiana and Auburn.
CONFERENCE HISTORY IU has posted a 5-4-1 mark against current members of the SEC. The Hoosiers have posted a 2-1-1 record on the road against SEC foes.
DEFENSE TIES SCHOOL MARK
The Indiana defense limited Ball State to just one shot for the entire game. The lone shot tied a school mark for least shots given up in a contest. The achievement was first set against Temple in 1997, in an IU 9-0 win.
IU SHOWS IMPROVEMENT
One of coach Lyons goals for the 2004 season was to score more goals and create more scoring opportunities. Through the first three matches, IU has attempted more shots (45-29), more shots on goal (28-15) and scored more goals (6-0) then the first three matches of last season.
HOOSIERS IN TOURNAMENTS Indiana has posted a 10-13 record in 12 regular season tournaments. The Hoosiers have scored 38 goals in tournament games, given up just 36 in the process.
A THIRD CHAMPIONSHIP The Indiana womens soccer team captured the 2004 Milwaukee Cup championships. It is only the third regular season tournament championship in the 12-year history of IU womens soccer.
IU won its first ever-regular season tournament in 1997, when the Hoosiers won the Nike/Butler Kick Off Classic. In 2000, Indiana won the Vermont Classic.
ON THE MARK Senior Kim Grodek knows where the nets are. The IU leading scorer has amassed an unbelievable .929 shots on goal percentage. The midfielder has taken 14 shots, 13 on goal.
FABBRO STEADY IN NET Junior Lauren Fabbro has allowed just two goals, and made nine saves in IUs first three matches. She has also posted one shutout.
MCCARTHY IN THE MIX Freshman Lindsay McCarthy was not fazed by the level of play in her first three collegiate soccer matches. McCarthy has posted three points on a goal and an assist through the first three games. Her offensive attack was honored, as she was named to the Milwaukee Cup all-tournament team.
PIPKENS PICKING UP WHERE SHE LEFT OFF Sophomore Megan Pipkens is having a fine start to her sophomore year. The reigning all-freshmen Big Ten performer notched two assists in the season opening tournament. She was also named to the Milwaukee Cup all-tournament team.
GRODEK NETS HAT TRICK Kim Grodek netted her first collegiate hat trick in IUs 4-0 season opening win over Marquette. The hat trick was only the fourth ever in the 12-year history of the program. Her seven points also tied Wendy Dillinger for the second most points in a match in school history.