IU Faces Two Ranked Big Ten Teams
September 24, 2003
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Bloomington, Ind. - After traveling on the road for seven straight games, the Hoosiers (2-5-0) will have the comfort of playing in familiar territory as they return to their home field, Armstrong Stadium this weekend. Indiana continues with Big Ten conference play with matches against nationally ranked conference opponents, No. 11 Ohio State and No. 13 Penn State. Friday at 5:00 p.m., the Hoosiers take on the Buckeyes. The Hoosiers will play host to the Nittany Lions on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Following Fridays 5:00 p.m. game for the Hoosiers, the Indiana mens soccer will also play a game at Armstrong Stadium against Penn State. Game time is set for for 7:30 p.m.
The Hoosiers slipped to 2-5-0 after a 2-0, loss to Wisconsin on Friday and a 2-1, loss to Minnesota on Sunday.
In Fridays game, the Hoosiers battled with the Badgers but were unable to keep leading scorer Jenny Kundert under control. Kundert scored the games first goal after taking a shot that curled right over the Hoosier defense. The second goal came after Erin Hesselbach aggressively tried to maintain her opponent but was called for a foul inside the box. Wisconsin was awarded a penalty kick and Kara Kabellis connected to put the Badgers up, 2-0.
In Sundays game, Kim Grodeks goal on an assist from Lauren Lamping was not enough to put IU in the W category. The Hoosiers out-shot the Golden Gophers, 15-4, in the second half, including a 6-3 advantage in shots on goal. Minnesotas goals were scored by Amanda McMahon and Becky Dellaria.
We have been making too many costly mistakes, said Coach Lyon. There is not a bad team in this conference. We need to work on creating more chances and cleaning up in the back.
Sweet Home Armstrong Stadium
The Hoosiers are 8-1-1 in home openers since the program began in 1993, including a 1-0-0 mark under Mick Lyon. In 2002, IU defeated Xavier, 2-0, in its home opener on Sept. 12.
The No. 11 Ohio State Buckeyes, are 6-0-1 coming into Fridays game against the Hoosiers. Most recently, Ohio State earned its fourth shutout with a 7-0 victory over Youngstown State on Sunday, Sept. 21.
The Buckeyes, fourth in the conference standings, are 0-0-1 in the Big Ten after settling for a 1-1 tie to Iowa back on Sept. 19
The top scoring threats for the Buckeyes are sophomore Colleen Hoban with 12 points (5 goals, 2 assists) and juniors Heather Miller and Emily Gilbert, each with nine points.
The Walker Profile
Lori Walker is in her seventh season as head coach at Ohio State. In 2002, Walker led the Buckeyes to a 10-11-1 finish. In the Big Ten, Ohio State won the conference tournament, and finished seventh with a 4-5-1 record during the regular season. Walker was also named the 2002 Outstanding Coach of the Big Ten Tournament and the 2001 Big Ten Coach of the Year.
Indiana holds the winning advantage in the series history with Ohio State, 8-3-1. The Hoosiers have won the last three meetings, the most recent, a 3-1 victory on Sept. 29, 2002 in Columbus, Ohio.
The 2002 regular season Big Ten champions are off to a 6-1-2 start overall and a 1-0 record in the Big Ten after defeating Iowa, 4-0, on Sunday, Sept. 21. The Nittany Lions were picked to finish first in the Big Ten Coaches Pre-Season Poll.
Player-of-the-Year candidate, Joanna Lohmans 15 points overall (four points in Big Ten games) not only makes her the leader on the team, but puts her first among other Big Ten players.
Prior to Sundays game with the Hoosiers, Penn State will face James Madison on Tuesday at home and travel to West Lafayette, Ind. to take on Purdue on Friday.
The Wilkens Profile
Entering her third season with the Nittany Lions is head coach Paula Wilkens. In 2002, Wilikens guided Penn State to its second NCAA College Cup appearance, becoming the first person in history to participate as a player and a head coach. She led the 2002 team to a 19-4-1 finish and 9-1-0 record in the Big Ten.
Penn State leads the series, 1-10-0 against Indiana. The Hoosiers only win over the Nittany Lions dates back to Oct. 21, 1996. The last meeting between the two teams was on Sept. 27, 2002 at University Park, when Penn State won, 3-0.
Among Big Ten Teams
In conference play, Indiana ranks second in shots per gamewith a total of 32 (16.00 avg.)
Five Hoosiers appear in the Big Ten individual leaders. Senior co-captain Emily Hotz is currently tied for second in shots per game in conference matches with eight.
Right behind her in the same category is junior Kim Grodek with six shots. Grodek also appears tied for seventh in the points category and tied for fourth in the goals category.
Freshman Lauren Lamping made her mark after earning an assist in Sundays game.
Moving On Up
Kim Grodeks first goal of the season on Sunday, Sept. 21, marked her 11th career goal. This stat moves her to seventh in the all-time career goals at IU. With just four more goals, Grodek can etch her name into the top five all-time goal scorers.