Big Ten Play Begins for IU
September 17, 2003
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Bloomington, Ind. -After five road games against non-conference opponents, this week the Hoosiers (2-3-0) will break into Big Ten conference play with matches against Wisconsin and Minnesota. Friday at 7:30 p.m., the Hoosiers travel to Madison, Wis. to take on the Badgers at McClimon Complex. The Hoosiers continue on the road to Minneapolis, Minn. to play the Gophers on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
The Badgers are 4-2-1 on the season after being nipped by Nebraska 2-1 on Sunday in the Rocky Rococo Invitational. Earlier in the tournament, Wisconsin faced Iowa State and settled for a 1-1 tie.
Wisconsin leads the Big Ten in total number of shots this season with 121. They also rank second in goals with 15.
Senior Jenny Kundert is the Badgers leading goal-scorer. Kundert has tallied four goals already this season, in addition to three assists for a total of 11 points. This effort ranks her third in the Big Ten with overall points. Kundert was also a first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2002.
Her teammate, sophomore Katy Lindenmuth, is not far behind. She is second on the team in points with seven. Lindenmuth has two goals and three assists so far this season.
The Badgers are coached by Dean Duerst, who is in his 10th season as head coach. He has compiled a 105-72-23 record since he started with Wisconsin in 1994. Wisconsin and Indiana both finished 4-4-2 in the Big Ten and tied for fifth place in 2002.
The series between the Hoosiers and the Badgers is tied at 5-5-2. The two teams last met in Bloomington on Sept 20, 2002. The game went into double overtime and resulted in a 2-2 tie.
The Golden Gophers are 3-1-1 coming into Sundays game against the Hoosiers. Prior to facing the Hoosiers on Sunday, Minnesota will square off at home against Purdue. On Friday Sept. 12, Minnesota earned its second straight shutout with a 3-0 victory against Western Illinois in Minneapolis, Minn.
Minnesota ranks fourth in the Big Ten in total number of shots taken this season with 97.
The top scoring threats for the Gophers are freshman Haley Lentsch (4 goals, 1 assist) and sophomore Kaitlyn Neary (2 goals, 1 assist). Lentsch ranks fourth in the conference in points, third in goals,
Barbara Wickstrand is in her fourth season as head coach at Minnesota. Last season, the Gophers finished 7-11-1 overall and 1-9-0 for an eleventh place finish in the Big Ten.
Minnesota holds the winning advantage in the series history with IU, 7-4-2. Indiana has won the last two meetings, the most recent, a 1-0 victory on Sept. 22, 2002 in Bloomington.
On Friday the Hoosiers traveled to Indianapolis, Ind., for a matchup with in-state rival, the Butler Bulldogs.
With goals from sophomore Kristen Zmijewski, and freshmen Missy Vierling and Megan Pipkens, the Indiana womens soccer team moved to 2-3-0 on the season after shutting out the Bulldogs, 3-0, in front of a crowd of 1,522 at Lawrence Park.
Among Big Ten Teams
Indiana ranks second in goals allowed per game with an 0.60 average among the Big Ten. The Hoosiers have given up only three goals in their first five games.
Three Hoosiers appear in the Big Ten individual leaders. Junior Kim Grodek is tied for 10th with 16 shots.
Sophomore Kristen Zmijewski and freshman Meagan Pipkens each have one game-winning goal, placing them in the top of the category.
Freshman Megan Pipkens leads the Hoosiers offense with five points on two goals and one assist. The Holt, Mich. native, has started in all five games, and has recently moved from a defensive position to become a midfielder. Pipkens was a four-year stand out on her Holt high school soccer team. She became the only mid-Michigan player (male or female) to be named Miss Soccer. She also was Michigans only McDonald's All-American and was the Lansing State Journal's soccer player of the year two years in a row.