No. 19 Indiana Opens Big Ten Play With Two Road Games
Sept. 24, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana sits atop the Big Ten standings entering the first week of conference play and the Hoosiers got there in style last week with a pair of shutout victories. They shutout Butler 1-0 on a goal from freshman Orianica Velasqeuz Herrera and then Herrera added a pair of tallies in a 2-0 win over Green Bay on Friday. In the game against the Phoenix, IU did not allow a shot to the Phoenix, the first time in school history the Hoosiers have accomplished that.
The Northwestern Wildcats are 3-5-1 on the year and is coming off a 2-0 loss at the hands of then-No. 14 Notre Dame last weeked. Indiana trails the all-time series, 7-8-2, to the Wildcats.
Wisconsin is 4-4-1 on the season and enters conference play after falling last weekend to a pair of teams ranked in top 12 in the NSCAA poll. The all-time series is tied, 8-8-2.
LAST TIME OUT...
Against Butler, senior Liz Holby fired a shot on goal from 12 yards out that was saved by the Bulldog keeper but fell right to the foot of IU freshman Orianica Velasquez Herrera who drilled it into the back of the net for the only goal of the game.
Then on Friday, Velasquez Herrera was back at it again, scoring on a similar play in the 15th minute. Senior Christie Kotynski took a shot from just inside the 18-yard box that was blocked and rolled directly to the left foot of Velasquez Herrera, who once again found the goal. Later in the game, Velasquez Herrera was taken down inside the box and drew a penalty kick, which she quickly deposited into the lower left side of the goal for her fourth goal of the season.
A LOOK AT NORTHWESTERN
Leading the way on offense has been Alicia Herczeg and her three goals followed by Kay Sampson and her two goals.
In goal for Northwestern is Carolyn Edwards, who has made 29 saves and all three of her victories have come via shutout. She also has a 1.40 goals against average and has played every minute in goal through the first nine games.
The last time IU won at Northwestern was on Sept. 19, 1999, a 2-1 victory for the Hoosiers.
A LOOK AT WISCONSIN
Alev Kelter leads Wisconsin with a pair of goals on the year while Megham Flannery has assisted on three of the six UW goals so far.
Wisconsin has had a pair of keepers split time in goal through the first nine games. Michele Dalton has seen a lion's share of the time and has a 1.80 goals against average and made 35 saves. Lauren Gunderson has played just less than 200 minutes on the year but has earned a pair of wins and not allowed a goal. The last time Indiana won in Madison was on Oct. 16, 2005, by a 2-1 margin.
DOING IT ALL
It marks the second time this year that IU has had a player named co-offensive player of the week, as Devon Beach received the award on Sept. 7. Velasquez Herrera did become the first IU player to be named freshman of the week since the award was just introduced by the conference this season.
The five shutouts this season is tied for the eighth-best single-season total in school history, matching Shaunna Daugherty's total in 2002. The single-season record for shutouts by a goalkeeper is eight, set by Ashley Davis 1998.
The native of Dallas, Texas, also boasts a 0.63 goals against average on the year, which would be the best in school history. Campbell already holds the third-best GAA in school history when she posted a 0.77 average last season. The current record for single-season GAA is 0.70 set by Chrissy Heubi in 2000.
She also has 11 wins to her credit in roughly a year and a half, a total that already puts her alone in seventh place on the career wins list at IU. She has a long way to go to reach the top of that list, as Merit Elzey recoreded 35 wins from 1994-97. Next up on the list will be Lauren Fabrro and Stacy Van Boxmeer, who are tied for fifth with 15 wins apiece. Current teammate Lauren Hollandsworth sits in fourth place with 18 wins on her ledger.
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