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    No. 19 Indiana Opens Big Ten Play With Two Road Games

    Go Hoosiers! Indiana travels to Northwestern and Wisconsin to start Big Ten play this weekend.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Indiana travels to Northwestern and Wisconsin to start Big Ten play this weekend.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Sept. 24, 2009

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    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.

    To follow the Hoosiers this weekend, use the following links for Live Stats:
    Northwestern Live Stats I Wisconsin Live Stats

    The Hoosiers improved to 6-0 at home on the year with a pair of wins over Horizon league opponents. IU earned a 1-0 decision over Butler on Wednesday in a very close game througout. Two days later the Hoosiers scored early and added an insurance goal late to claim a 2-0 triumph over Green Bay at Armstrong Stadium.

    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.

    The Wildcats have struggled to find their offense this season, scoring seven goals through their first nine games. They have played a pair of top 15 teams already, as they suffered 2-0 defeats to both Missouri and Notre Dame.

    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.

    The Badgers have also had some issues finding the back of the goal, as they have scored just six goals in their nine games. But they too have played a strong non-conference schedule, as they opened the season against then-No. 3 Notre Dame. Then last weekend they travelled to California for a pair of games against nationally ranked opponents in No. 12 Santa Clara and No. 3 Stanford.

    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.

    Freshman Orianica Velasquez Herrera was named Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week as well as Freshman of the Week on Sept. 21, the first such accolades for the native of Bogota, Colombia. All she did to earn the awards was score all three IU goals over a two game span to help the Hoosiers improve to 8-1-0.

    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.

    Indiana sophomore goalkeeper Lindsay Campbell has been outstanding in goal for the Hoosiers this year. She already has six wins, with five of those coming via shuout. She now has nine shutout in her career to put her in a tie with Stacy Van Boxmeer for fourth place on the career list at Indiana.

    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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