Women's Soccer

    Indiana Ready for Showdown With No. 9 Purdue on Thursday

    Go Hoosiers! Gina Daniele
    Go Hoosiers!
    Gina Daniele
    Go Hoosiers!

    Oct. 7, 2009

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's soccer team (9-3-1, 1-2-1 Big Ten) will take on No. 9 Purdue (7-2-3, 2-0-2 Big Ten) at Armstrong Stadium on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The game will be aired on a tape-delay basis on the Big Ten Network on Saturday. Because the game will be taped by the Big Ten Network, fans will only be able get a radio feed from the game instead of the usual video feed. The audio feed will be free and can be accessed by clicking the link below.

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    Indiana went 1-0-1 last weekend to remain undefeated at home on the season. On Friday, Carly Samp scored a goal with 21 seconds remaining to give Indiana a 1-0 win over No. 20 Michigan State. The goal was the fourth of the sesaon for Samp and her third career game-winning goal for the sophomore from Barrington, Ill. Orianica Velasquez Herrera recorded the assist on the play with a nice crossing pass that put Samp in position to get the game-winner. Indiana outshot the Spartants 25-5 in the game.

    On Sunday against Illinois, the Hoosiers and Illini played a very even game and the score reflected that as the teams battled to a 1-1 draw. Sophomore Devon Beach scored the Hoosiers' only goal in the ninth minute on a breakaway following a perfect through ball from Chloe McKay. Illinois answered back two minutes later to even the score.

    Thursday's game will also have one point in the Smithville Crimson and Gold Cup on the line. Indiana leads in the cup standings (0.5 - 0.0) after the Indiana volleyball team traveled to Purdue and won a five-set thriller. The Hoosiers have won the cup three of the five years and tied another year (2007-08).

    Purdue has posted a 7-2-3 record on the year to this point and is 2-0-2 in Big Ten play. They have had success away from home, posting a 3-1-1 mark in road games this season. Last weekend they defeated Illinois by a 1-0 score and then tied Michigan State, 1-1.

    Offensively, Jessica Okoroafo leads the Boilers with six goals while Sylvia Forbes is right behind her with five goals of her own. Vanessa Ibewuike and Kellie Phillips have been the top facilitators, tallying four assists apiece.

    In goal, Jenny Bradfisch has allowed 11 goals in 1028 minutes and has seven wins, three of which have come via shutout. She has also made 37 saves and has a 0.96 goals against average.

    Sophomore forward Devon Beach has joined teammate Carly Samp in getting off to a quick start in their second season in the Cream and Crimson. She has four goals and four assists, which ties her for the team lead in both categories. Her most recent goal came in the ninth minute against Illinois when she beat the Illinois keeper in a one-on-one situation.

    She also assisted on Orianica Velasquez Herrera's first collegiate goal against Evansville after scoring her first goal of the season earlier in the match. The Sarnia, Ontario native would go on to register a second three point game against No. 6 Florida. She got IU on the board early in the second half with a header off a free kick by Chloe McKay. And then later she sent a beautiful through ball to Cummings who beat the UF keeper for the game-winner and a win over against the highest ranked team in program history.

    For her efforts, 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's Primetime Performers of the Week on Sept. 8.

    Indiana sophomore goalkeeper Lindsay Campbell has been outstanding in goal for the Hoosiers this year. She already has seven wins, with six of those coming via shuout. She now has ten shutouts in her career to put her all alone in fourth place on the career shutouts list at Indiana.

    The six shutouts this season is tied for the fifth-best single-season total in school history, and the most since current teammate Lauren Hollandsworth recorded six in 2007. The single-season record for shutouts by a goalkeeper is eight, set by Ashley Davis 1998.

    The native of Dallas, Texas, also boasts a 0.63 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.

    She also has 12 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.

    Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium has been a daunting place for opponents under head coach Mick Lyon. In his seven years, the Hoosiers have posted a 46-16-7 record at home overall and 20-11-6 in Big Ten play. This year, IU will play 11 matches in Armstrong, the most since 2007 when they went 9-1-1 and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Indiana also opened the regular season with four consecutive home games, the first time that has happened since 1993 when the Hoosiers hosted five straight home games to start the year. The year was also the first year that women's soccer was a varsity sport at Indiana.

    The 7-0-0 start to the season in games played at Armstrong Stadium is the first time the Hoosiers have won their first seven 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.

    Fans can follow the IU women's soccer team on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/iuwsoccer




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