Indiana Set To Welcome Michigan State and Illinois to Armstrong Stadium This Weekend
Oct. 1, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Hoosiers (8-3, 0-2 Big Ten) play host to No. 20 Michigan State on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. followed by a Sunday afternoon affair with Illinois at 2:00 p.m. Admission to all IU women's soccer games is free. Friday night will be "Bark in the Park" night where fans can bring their dogs to the game against the Spartans.
LAST TIME OUT...
The IU offense dominated play in the first half but was unable to get any of its three shots on goal past the keeper and dominated play throughout the half. Then in the second half things evened up and the Wildcats were able to get a header off a free kick passed IU keeper Lindsay Campbell in the 81st minute to claim the win.
Then on Sunday, the Hoosiers traveled north to take on Wisconsin and outshot the Badgers 11-1 in the first half but could not get on the board. After the Badgers broke through for a pair of goals early in the second half, Devon Beach and Carly Samp teamed up on two occasions to get the Hoosiers back to even at 2-2. But Wisconsin got the last laugh as Laurie Nosbusch scored her third goal of the game in the 88th minute to give the Badgers the 3-2 win.
A LOOK AT MICHIGAN STATE
The offense is led by a pair of dynamic forwards in Laura Heyboer and Lauren Hill, who have combined for 15 goals and seven assists through nine games for the Spartans. They are also the two leading scorers in the Big Ten as well, placing one-two, respectively.
Jill Filetstra has allowed just five goals in goal for the Spartans and has four shutouts to her credit. Her .53 goals against average is the second-best in the conference while her .865 save percentage is the tops in the Big Ten.
Indiana defeated Michigan State at Armstrong Stadium last year, 1-0 and have won the last three meetings. The Hoosiers are 5-2-1 all-time at home against Michigan State.
A LOOK AT ILLINOIS
Jordan Hildbrands has six goals on the year and 13 points to lead the team. Marissa Mykines and Niki Read are next with eight and six points, respectively.
Alexandra Kapicka has played every minute in goal for the Illini this season and has three shutouts to her credit. She has allowed 12 goals for a 1.15 goals against average and has made 40 saves.
Indiana defeated Illinois last year in Bloomington, 1-0 to start the string of what would end up to be nine consecutive wins including the 6-0-0 start to this season. The Hoosiers are 2-3-1 at home all-tiime against Illinois.
DOING IT ALL
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.
JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS ALL OVER...
Lawrence and Kotynski would connect in the 105th minute for the game-winner as Kotynski sent a blast from 30 yards out that was driven so hard the keeper had no time to react to it before it was in the back of the goal.
The last time Indiana rallied from a two goal deficit to win was Sept. 25, 1994 against Minnesota. In that game, the Hoosiers scored their first goal in the 64th minute and went on to add two more in regulation.
The win also marked just the 10th time since the start of the 2003 season that Hofstra had lost on its home turf.
KEEPING IT BALANCED
After single-handedly leading IU to a pair of wins last week, freshman Orianica Velasquez Herrera has taken over the team lead in goals with four. Senior Christie Kotynski is next with three followed by a pair of sophomores, Carly Samp and Devon Beach, both with two goals.
Beach leads the Hoosiers with 10 points while Herrera, Samp and Kotynski all have nine points. The Hoosiers join Iowa (5) and Michigan State (4) as the only teams with at least four players with nine or more points so far in the Big Ten.
LIFE'S A BEACH
Most recently, she put home a diving header attempt for the Hoosiers first goal at Wisconsin and then had a tremendous individual effort to beat a handful of Badgers on her way to assisting on Carly Samp's game-tying goal just minutes later.
For her efforts early in the year, Beach was named Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 7, the first time since October 2007 that Indiana had a player receive a weekly offensive award from the conference. She was also named to Soccer America's Team of the Week and CollegeSoccer360.com Primetime Performers of the Week on Sept. 8.
SAMP OF APPROVAL
Samp collected her first assist of the year in the season opener as she sent a crossing pass to Cummings, who deposited it in the back of the net. She followed it up the next game with an assist on Jocelyn Moses' goal to make it 3-0 against Evansville. She would finally get into the scoring column against Central Michigan, when she got a one-touch pass from Orianica Velasquez Herrera and held off the CMU defender to score what would prove to be the game-winner, the second of her career. Samp then matched her goal output from last year with her goal against Mercer.
The sophomore surpassed her output from last year at Wisconsin by putting home her third goal of the year and then adding an assist in the loss to the Badgers.
THE COMFORTS OF HOME
The 6-0-0 start to the season in games played at Armstrong Stadium is the first time the Hooseirs have won their first six games at home. In 2007, Indiana played to a tie against Loyola Marymount in the home opener before reeling off nine straight wins at home. The streak came to a close with a 2-0 loss to Duke in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
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 0.67 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.
The Dallas, Texas, native 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.
But the sixth-ranked Florida Gators were able to put an end to that streak with a little help from the Hoosiers. In the 58th minute, Indiana allowed an own goal to end the shutout streak at 658:37 minutes, which ranks as the second-longest in school history.
And technically, since the Hoosiers allowed an own goal to end the shutout streak, an opponent still had not scored on Indiana since last year. But Mercer was able to score at the 39:48 mark to end that streak at 755:48 minutes.
The school record is eight consecutive shutouts set in 1993 and the school record for longest shutout streak, in terms of minutes, is 808:34 minutes, also set in 1993.
"CUMMINGS" UP CLUTCH Junior Leigh Anne Cummings has had a knack for making her goals count over two-plus season at Indiana. To date, she has seven goals to her credit and five of them have been of the game-winning variety.
It started in her freshman season when she had four goals and three of the were the game-winning tallies. She scored the decisive goal against Samford, Butler and Minnesota. Then as a sophomore, the Levittown, N.Y., native scored the winner against Michigan State. And this season she posted the most dramatic game-winner with a marker in the 115th minute against then-No. 6 Florida to give the Hoosiers a 2-1 win and in the process, defeated the highest ranked opponent in program history.
HELP WHEN IT'S NEEDED THE MOST Sophomore Devon Beach doesn't have the most glaring statistics through her first year-plus as a Hoosiers, but she has certainly made the most of the stats she does have. For example, through 28 games played, she has six assists, which doesn't seem like much. But when you look at when they occurred, that's where the importance take effect.
She assisted on Christie Kotynski's game-winner against George Mason last year and then scored a goal and had an assist on Liz Holby's game-winning mark against Loyola (Md.). She then assisted on Leigh Anne Cummings' winning goal against Michigan State. And then this year, she once again found Cummings for the game-winner against then-No. 6 Florida. And most recently she had the helper on Kotynski's tying goal at Hofstra.
In addition to those assists that show up on the stat sheet, she drew a foul in the box against Tennessee that led to Kelly Lawrence's PK game-winner last season.
ON TELEVISION Fans can watch the IU women's soccer team on television twice this season. The home match against rival Purdue on Oct. 8 will be on the Big Ten Network, however it will not be aired until Oct. 10 at 5:30 p.m. ET. The second game will be Oct. 18 at Michigan, when the Hoosiers and Wolverines do battle. That game will also be aired on a tape-delay basis as the game will be played at 2 p.m. ET and aired at 4 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network.
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