Women's Soccer

    Indiana Opens Conference Road Action This Weekend at Michigan State and Illinois

    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!

    Sept. 30, 2010

    Indiana Hoosiers (4-6-1, 0-2-0 Big Ten) at Michigan State Spartans (5-3-1, 0-1-0 Big Ten)
    Friday, Oct. 1, 2010
    4:00 p.m. ET • DeMartin Soccer Stadium

    Indiana Hoosiers (4-6-1, 0-2-0 Big Ten) at Illinois Fighting Illini (7-2-0, 0-1-0 Big Ten)
    Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010
    2:00 p.m. ET • Illinois Soccer Stadium

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    Indiana suffered a pair of one-goal losses last weekend to open Big Ten play and will look to rebound on the road this weekend at Michigan State and Illinois. Leigh Anne Cummings gave the Hoosiers a 1-0 lead against Northwestern on Friday night but the Wildcats rallied back to get a pair of goals and come away with the win. Then on Sunday, Wisconsin took advantage of a fortunate bounce of the ball and put home the game-winner just over a minute into overtime to come away with the 1-0 win over the Hoosiers. Indiana last won its conference road opener in 2006 in East Lansing against the Spartans.

    Michigan State opened conference action last weekend at Penn State and battled the perennial Big Ten powers tough but fell by a score of 1-0 to the Nittany Lions. Laura Heyboer and Olivia Stander both have five goals to their credit this year, putting them in a tie for the top spot among Big Ten players with the Hoosiers' Orianica Velasquez. Illinois is off to a stellar 7-2-0 record and had won four straight prior to a 1-0 loss to Minnesota last weekend.

    Mick Lyon is in his ninth season at the helm of the IU women's soccer program, where he has a record of 76-71-18. Last year the Hoosiers finished the seaosn with a 10-7-2 overall record and fell just short of earning an NCAA Tournament berth. The team started out 2009 with six straight victories to set a school record. His 2007 campaign was his finest as a Hoosier head coach, as he led IU to its first NCAA Tournament in his tenure, and saw the Hoosiers advance to the third round of the Tournament for the first time in school history. Lyon's teams have been dominant at home, as the Hoosiers are 48-23-8 on Yeagley Field in his reign, including a 29-13-5 mark in the last three seasons. Lyon has a career record of 184-136-37 (.515) in his 18th year as a college coach.

    Tom Saxton is in his 20th season as the head coach at Michigan State and has a 190-157-35 record. Janet Rayfield is in her ninth year at Illinois and is 100-61-15 with the Fighting Illini.

    Indiana holds a commanding 11-5-2 edge in the series all-time against Michigan State and is 6-1-1 in eight meetings in East Lansing.

    Illinois leads the all-time series with Indiana, 2-7-3, with the last IU victory coming in 1998 at Illinois.

    Below is a quick glance at where the Hoosiers rank among the other Big Ten schools in a number of different categories both as a team and individually:

    Shots - 182 (3rd)
    Points - 52 (T4th)
    Goals - 19 (4th)
    Saves - 43 (T3rd)

    Shots - Orianica Velasquez - 56 (1st) Shot/Game - Orianica Velasquez - 5.09 (1st) Points - Carly Samp/Orianica Velasquez - 13 (T1st) Goals - Carly Samp/Orianica Velasquez - 5 (T1st)




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