Bloomington, Ind. - Indiana is prepared to take on the Otahkians as they travel to Southeast Missouri State for a Sunday game to begin at 7 p.m.
The Hoosiers will have to adjust to a turf field as opposed to the natural grass playing surfaces that they practice and, typically, play on.
After Thursday's 2-0 victory over Xavier, Indiana's record moves back to 2-2-0 on the season as they head into their final non-conference game prior to the start of the Big Ten conference schedule.
Shelly Gruszka leads the Hoosiers with 10 points on four goals this season, as she scored both goals against the Musketeers on Thursday. Indiana has been steadily finding its feet and its confidence, playing a more physical style of soccer and creating more scoring chances in front of the goal.
The Otahkians are currently 3-1 on the season, and will take on Arkansas Friday, Sept. 13.
The Hoosiers' Big Ten goals are lofty, but definitely not out of reach. The team is dedicated to returning to the Big Ten Conference Championship and making a run for the title. The Big Ten is tough this year, no different than in the past. Penn State is currently ranked sixth in the NSCAA poll while Michigan is ninth in the same standings. Fortunately, IU still has some time to prepare for those teams, though they host Wisconsin and Minnesota next weekend.
But Indiana must not look past the Otahkians.
"SEMO will be an extension of (the game against Xavier)," head coach Mick Lyon said. "We need to continue to play quickly and effectively. It will be different playing on turf, though. If we bring our level of play up another 10 percent that will really get us going and have us prepared for our Big Ten schedule."
The Hoosiers travel to Cape Girardeau over the weekend for the Sunday game and return home for a week of training before hosting Wisconsin at 7 p.m. Friday, September 20 and Minnesota at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, September 22.