Indiana Prepares for Homestand
September 29, 2004BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's soccer team returns home to open a four game homestand. Three of the four matches will be against conference foes, with two being ranked teams. The Hoosiers will start the homestand with a nonconference affair against Oakland on Thursday, Sept. 30 at 7:00 p.m. IU will then get back into conference play as the Hoosiers welcome Wisconsin into Bloomington on Sunday, Oct. 3.
ON THE SCHEDULE
The Indiana women's soccer team returns home to open a four-game homestand. Three of the four matches will be against conference foes, with two being ranked teams.
LAST WEEKS RECAP
The IU women's soccer team went 0-1-1 in its toughest road trip of the season. IU opened the weekend with a hard fought 1-0 loss to No. 5/10 Penn State. Junior goalkeeper Lauren Fabbro posted then a career-high eight saves, including seven in the first half, keeping the Hoosiers in the game.
Despite a 10-1 shot disadvantage, Indiana and Fabbro kept PSU off the scoreboard in the first half. The Hoosier defense would limit the Nittany Lions to just four shots in the second stanza, but IU nemesis Tiffany Weimer notched the lone goal of the game just three minutes into the period to give PSU a 1-0 win.
It looked as though Indiana would go 0-2 on the road trip, but sophomore Megan Pipkens' goal at 83:42 tied No. 29 Ohio State at 1-1. The contest would go into overtime but both teams would remained scoreless for the draw. Once again Fabbro proved to be the games biggest difference maker as she had a career-high nine saves, including eight in the second half, when OSU launched 15 shots.
ON THE HORIZON
Indiana will stay in conference play as the Hoosiers host Michigan State on Friday, Oct. 8 at 7:00 p.m. and Michigan on Sunday, Oct. 10 at 12:00 noon.
After a 2-5 start Oakland has rebounded with two straight wins to get near the .500 mark. The Golden Grizzlies defeated Detroit at home 1-0 in overtime on Monday.
Junior Kristi Swaving leads the team in scoring with 11 points. The forward has played in eight games notching three goals and five assists. Only four other players have scored goals for OU. Sophomore Marianne Samdal is second on the team with three goals and six points, while junior Silje Peltopera has netted two goals and an assist for five total points.
Freshman Jessica Howard has taken over the starting goalkeeper responsibilities. For the year the keeper has played in every game and nearly every minute of action, missing just over 13 minutes of game time. She has allowed 12 goals against 74 saves, for a 1.30 goals against average, and has recorded a .860 saves percentage.
Indiana and Oakland have met just one previous time with the Golden Grizzlies owing a 3-0 win at home last season.
Wisconsin will bring a 6-2-1, 0-2-1 record into the weekend. The Badgers are set to play at Purdue on Friday before traveling to IU.
Wisconsin started out the season as one of the hottest teams in the country winning its first six matches of the year. The Badgers outscored their opponents 22-7 in those games. Since then Wisconsin has been outscored 6-1 in going 0-2-1.
The Badgers are one of the most prolific scoring teams in the Big Ten ranking second in goals (23), goals per game (2.30) and points (69). Senior Amy Vermeulen leads the offensive attack with nine goals and 21 points on the year. Both numbers place her second in the Big Ten in their respected categories. Junior Katy Lindenmuth compliments Vermeulen with three goals and a team-high five assists, while sophomores Kara Kabellis and Allison Preiss have both scored three goals and added an assist on the season.
Freshman Lynn Murray draws the starting goalkeeping duties for the Badgers. Murray has played in 10 games with nine starts accumulating 47 saves on the year. She has posted a 1.52 goals against average and a .770 saves percentage.
Indiana and Wisconsin have battled through some great games over the years. The Badgers own the all-time series by a slim 6-5-2 margin. IU lost last years meeting 1-0 in Madison and has not beaten Wisconsin since 2001 when the Hoosiers took a 1-0 decision in Madison. IU is just 1-3-1 against Wisconsin in Bloomington.
OFF TO GOOD START
With a 6-2-1 mark, IU is off to one of its best starts in school history through nine games. In 2001 the Hoosiers started out with an identical 6-2-1 record, while in 1997 IU opened at 7-2. In both years Indiana went on to post a winning record.
Indiana IS 9-11-3 lifetime against Michigan based schools. The Hoosiers have posted a .500 mark at home against the Great Lakes State. IU has been more impressive against Wisconsin schools owning a 10-6-2 mark, including a 6-3-1 record on the road.
FABBRO THE LATEST HONORED
Junior goalkeeper Lauren Fabbro was the latest Hoosier to receive a Big Ten award. The keeper was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for her effort at conference rivals Penn State and Ohio State. Fabbro stopped 17 shots on the weekend allowing just two goals for a .895 saves percentage.
It marked the third time this season and the second straight week a Hoosier has received the weekly accolade. Sophomore Lauren Lamping was honored as the defensive POW last week, while senior Kim Grodek was tabbed offensive POW on Sept. 1.
FABBRO THE MAGNIFICENT
On Indiana's toughest road trip of the season, junior goalkeeper Lauren Fabbro was up to the challenge presented by the Nittany Lions and the Buckeyes. Against No. 5/10 Penn State, Fabbro set a career-high with eight saves, seven in the first half, as the Hoosiers lost a tough 1-0 contest. The keeper came back two days later to set a new career-high with nine saves, including eight in the second half, to lead IU to a 1-1 draw at No. 29 Ohio State.
INDIANA NOT INTIMIDATED
Just one senior and five underclassman can scare a coach when a tough road trip approaches, but the Hoosiers seemed to handle it well. At Penn State in front of a record crowd of 2,366, IU played PSU to the last second dropping a 1-0 decision.
PIPKENS SAVES WEEKEND
With just one kick sophomore Megan Pipkens was able to salvage a tough weekend for the Hoosiers. Trailing 1-0 to No. 29 Ohio State with just seven minutes left in the game, the forward scored her second goal of the season to tie the score. Good defense and great goalkeeping gave IU a draw and ended its toughest road trip of the season at 0-1-1.
A SCHOOL CONNECTION
Senior Kim Grodek registered IU's only hat trick of the season in the Hoosiers season-opening 4-0 victory over Marquette. In an interesting twist, Jacob Peterson of the Indiana University men's soccer team registered a hat trick in IU's 3-1 win at Michigan State last Sunday, Sept. 26. The feat marked just the third time in school history that a hat trick had been recorded in the same season by the men's and women's soccer team. The mark was first attained in 1994 as Wendy Dillinger and Todd Yeagley posted hat tricks. In 1996, Abby Ryan and Scott Merrit each recorded three goals in a contest.
On a side note, with the men's team recording a hat trick in a conference match, the Indiana men's and women's soccer team have never recorded a hat trick against conference foes in the same season.
GRODEK AND FABBRO AMONG LEADERS
Senior Kim Grodek is currently fifth in the Big Ten with 15 points. The midfielder is also tied for fifth with six goals, Junior goalkeeper Lauren Fabbro is third with a .64 goals against average as well as tied for third with three shutouts
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