Sept. 25, 2013
The Hoosiers keep on winning and that means they continue to extend the school record for the best start to a season, now standing at 8-0-1 entering play this weekend.
Entering this week, there are just 10 teams in the country - including Indiana - that do not have a loss yet this season.
For the first time since the 2007 season, Indiana opened Big Ten play with a victory after posting a 1-0 win against Minnesota on Sept. 21. Freshman Veronica Ellis' first collegiate goal proved to be the difference in the 70th minute.
After a strong start to the season, many publications across the country have started to take notice of IUWS. And that notice culminated this week with a couple national honors for the team and players.
Soccer America ranked Indiana No. 24 in their poll released on Tuesday. The last time Indiana was ranked was October of 2009
Lara Ross was named a "Primetime Performer" by CollegeSoccer360.com for her defensive efforts against Minnesota last week
Shannon Flower received votes for the TDS National Team of the Week
Indiana is ranked No. 8 in the NSCAA Great Lakes Region poll
The Indiana defense has been, statistically, the best in the Big Ten so far this season. The Hoosiers have allowed just two goals over the first nine games, the fewest among Big Ten teams. That total is also the fewest goals allowed by an IU team to start a season.
In addition, the .217 goals against average is the second-lowest in the country thanks in part to seven shutouts over the first nine games.
The defense is anchored in goal by Shannon Flower with defenders Lara Ross, Rebecca Dreher, Tori Keller, Becca Zambon and Marissa Borschke providing the line of defense in front of the goal.
Flower was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, the second time this season she has received the award.
DIVERSIFY THE PORTFOLIO
In the 5-0 win against Georgia Southern, Indiana had five different players record goals. The last time that happened was a 5-0 win at Xavier on Sept. 7, 2012.
For the season, a total of 10 different players have scored at least one goal for the Hoosiers and 15 have recorded at least one point.
With 15 different players with a point so far, that total is tied for the most among Big Ten teams.
ON THE FRONT LINES
Sophomore Kayleigh Steigerwalt enters this weekend having recorded at least one point in four of the last five games, including a goal and a assist against Xavier last week. She also provided the game-winning goal on Sept. 15 against Central Michigan. She entered the season without any points after playing as a defender last season for the Hoosiers.
Sophomore midfielder Jessie Bujouves broke into the starting lineup against Eastern Michigan and certainly made a splash. Against EMU, she recorded the only goal - a header off a corner kick - in the Hoosiers 1-0 win. Two days later, she scored the game-winner - again on a header from a corner kick - and had an assist in a 5-0 IU triumph over CMU.
For her efforts those two games, she was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week and was also named to the TopDrawerSoccer National Team of the Week.
THE AMAZING ABBY
IU junior midfielder Abby Smith has shown a penchant for finding the ball in crunch time over her career. She has totalled five game-winning goals in her career, including the game-winner against Xavier on Wednesday.
Against the Musketeers, her goal in the 13th minute proved to be the winning goal. In the previous game, she scored the tying goal and assisted on the winning goal versus CMU.
TRIPLE THE FUN
Senior midfielder Lisa Nouanesengsy continues to etch her name deep in the IUWS record books after her three goal performance against Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 8. She was already the only player in IU history with more than one career hat trick and now she has three to her credit.
She leads the team with six goals this season and has a pair of game-winners. She also assisted on Veronica Ellis' game-winning goal against Minnesota.
Senior goalkeeper Shannon Flower has had a great start to her final collegiate campaign in the Cream and Crimson. Through the first nine games, she has posted seven shutouts, leaving her one shy of tying the IU single-season record. Entering this year, Flower had two solo shutouts in 34 games played.
She also leads the Big Ten this season in goals against average (0.22), shutouts (7), goals allowed (2) and save percentage (.917).
Indiana head coach Amy Berbary is in her first season as a collegiate head coach, as she takes over for former IU head coach Mick Lyon, who retired following the 2012 season.
The Alpharetta, Ga., native spent the last five years at Auburn and was the Associate Head Coach for the 2012 season. She helped lead the Tigers to a pair of NCAA Tournament berths as well as a SEC Tournament title in 2011. She was also named the 2012 South Atlantic Regional Assistant Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Before Auburn, she spent time at the University of Dayton as an assistant coach. There, she was responsible for numerous highly ranked recruiting classes with the Flyers and was joined on staff as an assistant coach by Sergio Gonzalez, who is now an assistant under her at Indiana.
Also joining the staff as an assistant coach with the Hoosiers in Benji Walton, who worked with Berbary for a brief time at the University of Georgia while Berbary was finishing her playing career.
And what a career it was for the Bulldogs, as she left the school having scored the third-most goals in program history and ranking third in career points. She helped the Bulldogs to the Sweet 16 in 1998 and the Second Round in 2001.
"V" IS FOR VICTORY...AND VERONICA
Freshman midfielder Veronica Ellis was inserted into the lineup midway through the second half against Minnesota, looking to provide a spark in a 0-0 game. She wasted little time igniting the Indiana offense, as she found herself onside and in on goal just over two minutes later, depositing her first career goal inside the far post. The goal would go on and prove to be the game-winner in a 1-0 victory in the Big Ten opener.
Indiana leads the all-time series with Ohio State, 11-10-2, but have lost six of the last seven. The last victory over Ohio State was in 2010 and the last win in Columbus was Sept. 29, 2002.
The Hoosiers trail the all-time series with With Penn State, 1-20-1. The lone win came on Nov. 8, 1996 in Columbus, Ohio as part of the Big Ten Tournament.
Kate McCusker had a goal during her freshman season but had not had a point since then...until Wednesday against Xavier. She took a throw-in and beat her defender before firing a shot off the far post that bounced right to Kayleigh Steigerwalt, who finished it off, giving McCusker the assist.
BIG TEN'S BEST - PART III
Senior goalkeeper Shannon Flower earned her first Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor on Aug. 26, after posting a pair of shutouts - the third and fourth of her career - during the opening weekend of play. She made three terrific saves in the 1-0 win at Ohio and then guided the defensive effort against Georgia Southern in a 5-0 IU victory where the Eagles only had two shots on goal.
Flower received her second Big Ten Weekly award this week after posting two more shutouts against Xavier and Minnesota last week. She was also considered for the TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week, narrowly missing out on being named to the team.
Sophomore midfielder Jessie Bujouves joined Flower by earning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 9, after posting a pair of game-winning goals and an assist in games against EKU and EMU.
HELLO, MY NAME IS...
While the Hoosiers return eight starters from last year's team, that still left room for new faces in the starting lineup this year. Two of those new faces - Jordan Woolums and Tori Keller - were in the starting lineup for both games on the opening weekend, making their first career starts.
There are also a trio of freshmen that have made their Cream and Crimson debuts in Veronica Ellis, Marissa Borschke and Lauren Joray. Both Ellis and Joray are true freshmen while Borschke played 5 games last year at NJIT - under current IU assistant coach Sergio Gonzalez - before a broken foot ended her season.
COME ON EILEEN
The 2012 season saw the Hoosiers set a new record off the field thanks to the hard work of Academic Advisor Eileen O'Rourke. Every student-athlete on the team that was eligible for the award - 20 players - received Academic All-Big Ten honors following the season. Freshmen and first year players are not eligible for the award and student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 cumulative GPA.
CALL IT A COMEBACK
Indiana welcomes back 23 letterwinners from the 2012 season, including eight starters. With a overall roster of 30 players, IU has just five newcomers to the squad and 11 players that are entering their fourth year in the program.
"X" MARKS THE SPOT
A couple of current Hoosiers find themselves inside the Top 10 list for different career stats as we enter play this weekend:
Goals: 6th - Lisa Nouanesengsy (19)
Points: 8th - Lisa Nouanesengsy (45)
Multi-Goal Games: T5th - Lisa Nouanesengsy (5)
GAA: 8th - Shannon Flower (1.49)
Shutouts: T5th - Shannon Flower (9)
Victories (GK): T5th - Shannon Flower (17)
Assists: T7th - Rebecca Candler (13)
3 (OR MORE) FOR ME
Through the first eight games, the Hoosiers have had five different players record at least three points in one game.
6pt - Lisa Nouanesengsy (3G vs. EKU)
4pt - Monica Melink (1G, 2A vs. Ga. Southern)
3pt - Kayleigh Steigerwalt (1G, 1A vs. Xavier)
3pt - Abby Smith (1G, 1A vs. CMU)
3pt - Jessie Bujouves (1G, 1A vs. EKU)
3pt - Lisa Nouanesengsy (1G, 1A vs. UWM)
3pt - Kayleigh Steigerwalt (1G, 1A vs. UWM)
3pt - Abby Smith (1G, 1A vs. Ga. Southern)