Bloomington, Ind. Indiana (6-6-1, 3-3-1) will continue its conference schedule as they host Big Ten opponents, No. 20 Illinois and Northwestern this week. On Friday, Oct. 17, the Hoosiers will go head to head with the Illinois Fighting Illini. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.
Following Fridays game, Indiana will take on the Northwestern Wildcats on Sunday. Start time is noon. Both of these matches will be played at Armstrong Stadium.
Liveupdates will be available on IU website for both of these games. Log onto www.iuhoosiers.com and click on the womens soccer liveupdates link.
Game Note The Indiana mens soccer team will play a game against Ohio State directly after the womens game on Sunday. That game is set for 2:30 p.m.
Successful Weekend for the Hoosiers The Hoosiers came away with a win and a tie in this past weekends games at Michigan and Michigan State.
On Friday, the Hoosiers had chance after chance but could not capitalize on any of them as they played to a scoreless deadlock with Michigan. A controversial call could have put the Hoosiers in the W column just three minutes into the overtime period. Sophomore Ryan Hanley kicked a shot down the channel where freshman Carrie DeFreece quickly got a foot on it to push it up to sophomore Kristen Zmijewksi. Zmijewksi then blasted a shot from about 12-yards out, and the ball hit the underside of the cross bar where it bounced on the line and appeared to be in the net. However, the referees would not count it and the Hoosiers could not come up with anything else for the remainder of the overtime minutes.
Junior Kim Grodek and freshman Missy Vierling were heroes in Sunday's battle over Michigan State. Grodek notched two goals in regulation and Vierling earned the game-winning goal just minutes into overtime, as the Hoosiers nipped the Spartans, 3-2.
Big Ten Tournament Info The 2003 womens soccer Big Ten Tournament will be held on Nov. 3-9 in Madison, Wisconsin. The top eight teams will qualify for the tournament and battle for the championship title.
Focusing on the Fighting Illini
No. 20 Illinois stands at 9-2-1 overall and 5-1-1 in the Big Ten entering Fridays game with the Hoosiers. The Fighting Illini are coming off a 2-0 loss to No. 11 Penn State on Sunday.
Illinois is paced by junior Tara Hurless, who leads the team with 14 points on six goals and two assists. Freshman Jessica Bayne and junior Andrea Ridgeway are not too far behind with 10 and 12 points, respectively.
Junior Leisha Alcia is the Fighting Illinis starting goalkeeper. She has tallied six shuouts this season, an effort that puts her tied for first amoung other Big Ten goalkeepers.
The Rayfield Profile Janet Rayfield enters her second season with the Fighting Illini. Rayfield returned to Illinois after serving the last two years as a United States National Staff Coach for Region II. Prior to this position, Rayfield was an assistant coach at Illinois in 1999 as well as the head coach for the University of Arkansas from 1993-98.
Series History The Fighting Illini hold a 3-2-1 advantage over the Indiana in the series history. The last meeting between the two teams was on Oct. 20, 2002. The game was held in Champaign, Ill., and the Fighting Illini earned a 2-1 victory over the Hoosiers.
Word on the Wildcats The Wildcats stand at 6-6-1 overall and 2-4-1 in conference play coming into Sundays game.
Prior to the match with the Hoosiers, Northwestern will travel to Purdue on Friday, Oct. 17, to take on the Boilermakers at 3 p.m.
Most recently, the Wildcats tied No. 25 Ohio State, 1-1, on Sunday, Oct. 12.
The top scoring threat for the Wildcats is Aileen Guiney, who has tallied 10 points this season, on three goals and four assists. Kristen Pearce and Katie Wright are also contributors to the Wildcats, each of them having scored three goals and dishing out two assists.
The Haigh Profile The Wildcats are under the direction of head coach Jenny Haigh, who is in the midst of her third season at Northwestern. Prior to her time at Northwestern, Haigh served as an assistant coach at both University of Missouri in 2000 and Arizona State University from 1997-99.
Series History The Hoosiers lead the series with Northwestern, 5-4-2. October 6, 2002, was the last meeting between the Hoosiers and the Wildcats and the game resulted in a 2-2 tie.
Among the Big Ten In conference play, Indiana ranks fourth in shutouts with a total of three so far this season.
Four Hoosiers appear in the Big Ten category leaders for the peroid ending Oct. 13.
Missy Vierling is tied for second in the game-winning goals category with two.
Kim Grodek is currently tied for fourth in conference games with three goals.
In the goalkeeper stats, Shaunna Daugherty and Stacey Van Boxmeer are both tied for fifth in the shutouts category with one apiece in conference play. Daugherty also ranks sixth in goals against average with 1.35.
IU Ranked Ninth in Great Lakes Region After going 1-0-1 this past weekend, Indiana solidified a No. 9 ranking in the NSCAA Great Lakes Region Poll for the week of Oct. 13