Previewing Iowa and Illinois
October 17, 2002
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.
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.
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.
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
Sundays 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 Fridays 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 Dillingers first-year performance of 13 goals and eight assists for 34 points.
Zmijewskis 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.