Indiana Opens Conference Road Action This Weekend at Michigan State and Illinois
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)
Indiana Hoosiers (4-6-1, 0-2-0 Big Ten) at Illinois Fighting Illini (7-2-0, 0-1-0 Big Ten)
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.
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.
RECORD VS. OPPONENTS
Illinois leads the all-time series with Indiana, 2-7-3, with the last IU victory coming in 1998 at Illinois.
HOOSIERS IN BIG TEN RANKINGS
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