Bloomington, Ind. - The Indiana womens soccer team looks forward to tomorrows regular-season, home-opener against Xavier at Armstrong Stadium at 6 p.m.
The Hoosiers are hoping to come back to home-field advantage and have been training hard this week to prepare for the Musketeers and the oncoming Big Ten conference schedule.
What we are trying to establish here (at practice) is solid organization at the back and to continually maintain that discipline. At the front, we are trying to use the width to our advantage and use all the field that we have been given. If we can do that, it opens up all sorts of scoring opportunities. We are still trying to get players adjusted and to click together, said Lyon. We have been pushing them very hard in training and they are really responding to that.
The Musketeers will be a formidable opponent, returning seven starters from a 2001 squad that finished 9-8-1, good for fourth in the Atlantic-10 Conference standings. In 2002, Xavier has gotten off to an even start as it owns a 2-2 overall record heading into the Sept. 12 game. The Musketeers have won their last two games against Creighton and Drake, losing their opening games to Cincinnati and Butler.
Indiana has continually outshot its opponent in both regular season and exhbition games. The only team to outshoot the Hoosiers was No. 19 Kentucky, narrowly outshooting IU 15-12.
The Hoosiers lost a disappointing game against Cincinnati Sept. 5 in the Queen City, 3-1. IU outshot the Bearcats, 13-11 but did not convert on its scoring opportunities. Of the Hoosiers eight shots on goal, only one found its way past the Cincinnati defense while the Bearcats had just five shots on goal and converted on three of those chances.
Junior Shelly Gruszka scored the Hoosiers only goal in the Cincinnati game, scoring in the 87th minute to give IU hope for victory, until the Bearcats responded with their third and final goal. Gruszka leads all Hoosier scorers in 2002 with two goals and two assists for six points, more than double the team total of 11.
The Hoosiers have compiled a 1-2-0 record through the early portion of the season, downing Missouri in double-overtime in the Nike Tiger Inviational and suffering two disappointing losses at the hands of No. 19 Kentucky and Cincinnati.
Game time is slated for 6 p.m. at Indianas Armstrong Stadium, Sept. 12. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for children and is free for IU students with their student I.D.