IU Prepares for Road Swing
ON THE SCHEDULE
The Indiana women's soccer team concluded its four-game homestand last week, and now the Hoosiers are set to begin a four-game road swing beginning with a trip to Illinois to face conference foes Northwestern and No. 24 Illinois this weekend.
Indiana can clinch a spot in the Big Ten Championship with just three points in its final three matches. The Hoosiers have only one Big Ten match left after this weekend as Indiana travels to Purdue for its conference finale next Friday. IU is currently tied for fifth in the conference with Wisconsin with 10 points. The top eight teams from the conference will earn a bid to the Big Ten Championship held on the campus of Ohio State from Nov. 3-7.
LAST WEEKS RECAP
Indiana split a pair of games for the second consecutive weekend as the Hoosiers blanked Michigan State 3-0 before falling to No. 15/21 Michigan 1-0.
Sophomore Carrie DeFreece would get IU on the board first at the 11:31 mark. After the Spartans saw two shots sail high and wide of the net, freshman Kristin Radcliffe would notch Indiana's second goal just four minutes later. A scrum in front of the net allowed Radcliffe to take a pass from sophomore Ali Brown and put it just by Spartan goalie Erin Carlson at 15:53.
The Cream and Crimson put the game away in the 65th minute as junior captain Kristen Zmijewski tallied her first goal of the year. Zmijewski was just inside the 18-yard mark and took a feed from freshman Suzie Teixeira for the score.
The Hoosier defense swarmed the Spartans all night holding them to just 10 shots, three on goal.
Despite outshooting the No. 15/21 Michigan Wolverines, an early goal by the U-M at 1:46 was too much to overcome as the Hoosiers fell 1-0 last Sunday.
Indiana had its chances, especially near the net as the Hoosiers attempted nine corner kicks on the day, compared to just two for the Wolverines.
IU had one more attempt to tie the game, but freshman Kristin Radcliffe's header at 89:51 hit the crossbar to prevent the game-tying goal.
ON THE HORIZON
IU will continue its road trip as the Hoosiers travel to rival Purdue on Oct. 22, before ending its longest road swing of the season with a nonconference game at DePaul on Oct. 24.
Northwestern has had an up and down season, but nonetheless the Wildcats come into the weekend at 7-6-1, 3-4 in the conference.
NU dropped a pair of heartbreaking conference games last week falling on the road to Ohio State 2-1 in overtime before being edgned out by PSU 1-0.
NU is currently second in the Big Ten in points (87) and goals (31) despite being ninth in the conference in shots (179).
The offensive attack is led by freshman forward Kelsey Hans. Hans leads the team with 11 goals and 24 points. Both numbers place her second and third, respectively, in the Big Ten. Shannon Schneeman is second on the team with five goals and 15 points. She also leads the club with five assists.
Sophomore Whitney Jones is the starting goalkeeper for the Wildcats. Jones has a goals against average of 1.20 to go with a .761 save percentage.
Indiana leads the all-time series at 6-4-2, including a 3-1-1 mark in Evanston. Indiana blanked Northwestern 3-0 last year in Bloomington.
No. 24 Illinois (10-4, 4-3 Big Ten) started the year as one of the hottest teams in the country, reeling off seven wins to start the year. The Fighting Illini then lost a pair of games before winning three in a row. Illinois then dropped both conferences road games last week losing to Penn State and Ohio State 2-0 and 3-0, respectively.
Illinois plays host to Purdue on Friday before the Hoosiers visit on Sunday.
The Fighting Illini have been perfect at home sporting a 5-0 record, while outscoring opponents 13-3.
Illinois is second in the conference in shot attempts with 243, but the Fighting Illini are in the middle of the pack in terms of goals (fifth with 25) and points (seventh with 70).
Illinois is lead by a scoring forward duo in senior Tara Hurless and sophomore Jessica Bayne. Both players are tied for the team lead with seven goals, while Hurless also lead's the Illini with five assist and 19 points.
Senior Alcia Leisha earned All-America status by the NSCAA and Soccer Buzz last year and is currently producing another All-America season. She has six shutouts on the year, second in the Big Ten, to go with a .73 goals against average and a .861 saves percentage.
Illinois owns the all-time series at 2-4-1, including a 2-1 record in Champaign. IU won the first two games of the series and tied the third, but the Fighting Illini have won four in a row since.
BEST MARK THROUGH 13
The Indiana women's soccer team currently owns an 8-4-1 mark, the best record for a Hoosier team through 13 games. The mark breaks the 8-5 record set in 1997 and 1998.
IU is 10-8-3 lifetime against Illinois based schools. The Hoosiers have posted a winning record in the Prairie State with a 5-3-1 mark.
IU TOPPLES GOAL TOTAL
The Hoosiers have scored 24 goals this year, eclipsing the 22 goal total of a year ago. The Cream and Crimson now need only two goals to break the 25-goal mark which would be a new high in the Mick Lyon era.
FABBRO NEAR RECORD
Junior goalkeeper Lauren Fabbro posted her fifth shutout of the season in IU's 3-0 win over Michigan State. Fabbro's five shutouts ties her with Shaunna Daugherty for the fifth most shutouts in a season. She is also tied with Chrissy Heubi for the fifth most in school history.
`Z' FINDS THE NET
Junior midfielder Kristin Zmijewski scored her first goal of the season against Michigan State on Oct. 8. The goal was her first goal in just over a year, dating back to her score against Marshall on October 5, 2003, a span of 21 games.
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