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    Previewing Iowa and Illinois

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    October 17, 2002

    Previewing the Weekend: Indiana vs. Iowa and Illinois

    Indiana heads into the weekend with a 7-4-2 overall record and a 3-2-2 Big Ten record.

    About the Hawkeyes
    Iowa boasts this week’s Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week in Britta Vogele. She had 11 saves against Ohio State and 15 against Penn State last week. She leads the Big Ten with 83 saves and is tied for fifth with four shutouts on the year. The Hawkeyes are 7-5-1 overall and 2-4-1 in the Big Ten heading into the weekend. Sarah Lynch is a returning first team All-Big Ten forward. She just eclipsed the100-point mark against Ohio State and currently has 101 points in her career at Iowa. Look for redshirt freshman Katelyn Quinn to be a factor against the Hoosiers as she scored three goals last weekend in a victory over the Buckeyes and a loss to the Nittany Lions. Iowa lost 0-4 to Michigan State, a team the Hoosiers defeated, 1-0 in double overtime. The Hoosiers have netted just one victory in five tries against the Hawkeyes as the series history stands at 4-1. IU looks for its first win over Iowa since Oct. 18, 1998. Indiana has never won in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes sit in seventh place in the Big Ten.

    About the Fighting Illini
    The Illini enter the weekend with a 6-8-0 record and a 2-5-0 Big Ten conference mark. The Illini are coming off a 2-1 loss to Ohio State. Tara Hurless had the only goal for Illinois while goalkeeper Leisha Alcia had eight saves against the Buckeyes. Prior to the loss to Ohio State, the team lost 4-0 to Penn State on Oct. 11. Watch for Tara Hurless to be an impact player as she has nine goals and one assist for 19 points on the season with 41 shots. The two programs have faced off just five times. The all-time series record stands at 2-2-1. The Hoosiers won both games in 1997 and ’98, tied in double OT in 1999 and have lost both contests to the Illini over the past two seasons. Historically, the Hoosiers have not had a preference where they play with a 1-1-1 record at home and a 1-1 record when playing in Champaign. Illinois has outscored Indiana 9-5 in the series history. The Illini are currently 10th in the Big Ten standings.

    Leading the Charge
    Junior forward Shelly Gruszka has 10 points and has led the team in points since her two-goal performance against Xavier Sept. 12. She leads the points and goals category as well as shot percentage with .364.
    Freshman midfielder Kristen Zmijewski has two game-winning goals to her credit and leads the team in that stat. Her 26 shots are tied for most on the team with senior Kara Bryan. Zmijewski also leads shots on goal with 16.
    Kim Grodek has the most points on the team in conference play with six. Zmijewski is just behind her with five points in Big Ten matches.

    Lengthy Periods
    The Hoosiers played back-to-back double overtime games for the first time since October, 2000. Sunday, Oct. 6, 2002 against Northwestern the Hoosiers battled the Wildcats to a 2-2 draw after 110 minutes. That lengthy game was immediately followed by a 1-0 double overtime win Friday, Oct. 11 when Michigan State traveled to Bloomington. The teams fought through 104 minutes until Hoosier midfielder Kim Grodek found the back of the net at the 103-minute mark.

    About Overtime
    The most games that have headed into overtime came in 1999 when the Hoosiers had seven overtime contests, all but one of which ended in double overtime ties. This season the team has had three double OT contests and one overtime. The last time IU lost in an overtime standoff was Sept. 7, 2001 against Notre Dame. The Hoosiers have played eight overtime games since then. IU has out shot opponents 7-1 in double overtime periods.
    Road Trippin’
    IU plays its next four games on the road. The Hoosiers have a .500 record of games on the road with a 3-3 record. The Hoosiers lost on the road at Penn State on Sept. 27. The Hoosiers travel to Iowa City, Iowa and Champaign, Illinois this weekend and the following weekend will play in West Lafayette against Purdue Friday, Oct. 25 and then in Terre Haute against Indiana State on Sunday, Oct. 27.

    The First Time Since…
    Sunday’s loss was the first since Sept. 27 at Penn State. The 2-0 loss to the Michigan Wolverines also snapped a seven-game home winning streak, dating back to 2001.

    Making His Return
    Assistant coach Ian Rickerby returns to Iowa City for Friday’s game. Rickerby served as the interim head coach from Feb. to May of 2000 and was an assistant to then-head coach Stephanie Gabbert at Iowa. Rickerby was part of a coaching staff that led the Hawkeyes to a third place conference finish in 1999.

    From The Record Books
    Zmijewski has put herself in position to move up in the standings for freshmen. Her three goals and two assists have her tied with Emily Hotz and Kelly Kram for their performance in their freshmen campaigns. Last season as a freshman, Kim Grodek put herself in a second-place tie with Tracy Grose for most goals scored by a freshman. They are all behind Wendy Dillinger’s first-year performance of 13 goals and eight assists for 34 points.
    Zmijewski’s 16 shots on goal this season has her fifth in the individual season record book. Her 1.23 shots on goal per game through 13 games has her fourth in that category.
    As A Team
    This 2002 team is in sixth place on the team season record list with 4.15 points per game. The teams’ 12.23 shots per game has them third in the same record book.

    In The Net
    Junior goalkeeper Shaunna Daugherty is in a two-way tie for third place in the Big Ten with 34 saves. She is in fifth place in the conference with two shutouts.

    In the Rankings
    In the NSCAA/adidas Great Lakes Regional ranking IU moved up to eighth place for the week of Oct. 14 after enjoying a ninth place ranking last week. Soccerbuzz.com has the Hoosiers ranked eighth as well.

    Facing Ranked Opponents
    Purdue is currently tied for first in the region with Michigan. The Hoosiers face off with the Boilermakers in the Titan Series, Oct. 25 in West Lafayette. Purdue moved to 16th in the NSCAA/adidas National ranking for the week of Oct. 14. The Soccerbuzz.com poll has Purdue ranked 18th in the nation and first in the Great Lakes region. The Boilermakers were ranked 25th in the Soccertimes.com poll.




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