Women's Soccer

    Women's Soccer Hosts Rivals Purdue and Illinois

    Go Hoosiers! Leigh Anne Cummings and her Hoosier teammates will face Purdue and Illinois at Armstrong Stadium this weekend.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Leigh Anne Cummings and her Hoosier teammates will face Purdue and Illinois at Armstrong Stadium this weekend.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Oct. 16, 2008

    Indiana Hoosiers (5-10-0, 0-6-0) vs. Purdue Boilermakers (10-4-2, 4-1-1)
    Friday, Oct. 17 | 7:30 p.m. ET
    Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium | Bloomington, Ind.

    Indiana Hoosiers (5-10-0, 0-6-0) vs. Illinois Fighting Illini (9-6-0, 3-3-0)
    Sunday, Oct. 19 | 2 p.m. ET
    Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium | Bloomington, Ind.
    TV: Big Ten Network: Dean Linke (p-b-p) and Lisa Grubb (analyst)

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    Indiana (5-10-0, 0-6-0) faces a pair of rivals this weekend on Yeagley Field as Purdue and Illinois invade Bloomington. The Hoosiers have outplayed their opponents in the majority of their Big Ten contests this year, but a combination of timely goals for the opposition and tough breaks in the offensive end have IU still winless in the conference. Purdue is having a tremendous year, as it sits atop the Big Ten after losing the majority of its starters from an impressive 2007 team, as the Boilers enter the weekend 10-4-2 and 4-1-1 in conference. Illinois entered the season as one of the conference favorites and is 9-6-0 and 3-3-0 in Big Ten play, partly due to its 2-6-0 record away from Champaign this season.

    Mick Lyon is in his seventh season at the helm of the IU women's soccer program, where he has a record of 61-58-15. His 2007 campaign was his finest as a Hoosier head coach, as he led IU to its first NCAA Tournament in his tenure, and saw the Hoosiers advance to the third round of the Tournament for the first time in school history. Lyon's teams have been dominant at home, as the Hoosiers are 36-16-5 on Yeagley Field in his reign, including a 17-6-2 mark in the last two-plus seasons. Lyon has a career record of 168-123-33 (.569) in his 16th year as a college coach.

    In his 11th year at Purdue, Rob Klatte is the reigning Big Ten Coach of the Year after piloting the Boilermakers to the tournament title and a Top-10 ranking in 2007. Janet Rayfield is in her seventh season at the helm of the Fighting Illini, where she has led the team to five straight NCAA Tournaments.

    Longtime rivals Purdue and Indiana will do battle on Friday night with a point in the Crimson and Gold Cup on the line between the two schools. In regular-season competition, PU has dominated the series, going 7-0-1 in the last eight contests between the two teams. IU's only regular-season win over Purdue came in 1999, the first game between the schools.

    That said, Purdue has only played IU four times in Bloomington, and the Hoosiers are 1-2-1 against the Boilers on Yeagley Field. The last visit for PU, IU came within a missed penalty shot against No. 23 Purdue in what eventually was a 1-1 tie. Last season, PU dominated IU 7-0 in the regular-season affair between the two teams, but IU got the last laugh by knocking off PU in PKs in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

    Illinois holds a 7-2-2 mark in the all-time series against Indiana, and has held a strong edge in the Janet Rayfield era. Illinois is 7-0-1 against IU since 2000, including a 3-0 mark at Armstrong Stadium. The Hoosiers are 1-3-1 against the Illini all-time in Bloomington. Last season in Champaign, a blustery evening at the Illinois Soccer and Track and Field Stadium netted a 3-0 victory for U of I despite an even 12-12 shot total for the two teams. Graduated senior Ella Masar scored twice in the Illinois win.

    When Devon Beach scored at 50:03 against Northwestern, the weight of a long scoring drought fell from the Hoosiers' shoulders. The tally broke a string of five straight shutouts by IU opponents for a total time of 506:32. Over that time, IU had just nine fewer shots (70-61) than its opponents and just four fewer shots on goal (24-20), but had been outscored 6-0.

    Beach ended the string with her fourth goal of the season. The freshman took a pass from Kelly Lawrence, beat her defenders to work one-on-one with keeper Carolyn Edwards and put the ball behind Edwards to knot the score at 50:03.

    On Friday against Wisconsin, the Hoosier defense was strong and keeper Lindsay Campbell was even stronger, as Campbell made five saves before a rebound went to Taylor Walsh in the 89th minute. Walsh put home the opportunity to serve IU with a heartbreaking loss. Combined with Kay Sampson's goal at 86:26 in the NU game on Sunday, IU has seen each of the last three winners scored against it in the final five minutes of regulation or later. Minnesota topped IU with a golden goal at 96:29 by Lindsey Schwartz.

    In 2008, Indiana will be without a travel partner during the Big Ten season. This means that the Hoosiers will be the conference's "lone wolf" and will be the only conference team that opponents will face on the weekend.

    It also means that while the rest of the league will finish its regular season on Friday, Oct. 31, the Hoosiers will wrap things up against Michigan on Sunday, Oct. 26. In all five of IU's Sunday matches, it will be facing a team that did not play a game the preceding Friday.

    Though she is in just her first year of collegiate soccer, freshman midfielder Devon Beach has been outstanding in an IU uniform. The Sarnia, Ontario, native is among the team leaders with her four goals, two assists and 10 points, and her contributions have gone beyond the scoreboard.

    Prior to netting her goal against Northwestern on Sunday, Beach scored IU's lone goals in losses to Dayton and Texas A&M, and then picked up the opening tally in a 2-1 win over Loyola (Md.) on Sunday, Sept. 14. Later in the game, Beach broke in on the defense and unleashed a shot that led to Liz Holby's game-winning goal on a rebound.




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