Indiana Falls at Wisconsin, 2-0
The Wisconsin Badgers (10-5-3, 5-2-3 Big Ten) handed the Indiana Hoosiers a 2-0 loss in Big Ten women's soccer on Sunday afternoon in Madison, and eliminating the Hoosiers (6-11-1, 2-8 Big Ten) from contention for the Big Ten Tournament.
RECORD VS. OPPONENTS
Indiana trails the all-time series with Minnesota, 7-13-2 overall, however the Hooseiers have gone 6-4 against the Gophers at Armstrong Stadium. Overall, Indiana has lost the last four meetings with Minnesota.
The Hoosiers trail the all-time series with Wisconsin, 8-11-2 and are 3-5-1 against the Badgers in Bloomington. Wisconsin has defeated IU in each of the last four overall meetings.
BACK ON TRACK
After starting Big Ten play by dropping three consecutive road contests, the Hoosiers have regrouped to win three of their last four games, including the last two home games. The recent surge has them right in the thick of things for qualifying for the Big Ten Tournament.
Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Sarah Stone got her first career start on Sept. 30 against Northwestern and took full advantage. She played the full 90 minutes, making six saves - many of which were diving in one-on-one situations in the second half that would have tied the game. She got the start at Penn State and made 12 saves in goal before posting her second shutout of the season against Purdue last week.
For her efforts against Northwestern, Stone was named Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week and Co-Freshman of the Week. She is the first IU player to be named defensive player of the week by the conference was Stacey Van Boxmeer on Oct. 9, 2006. She has since followed that up with another Freshman of the Week honor on Oct. 15.
Junior forward Rebecca Candler is enjoying one of the best breakout seasons in the Big Ten Conference, with four goals and nine assists. Her 17 points are tied for the most on the team after she entered the season with just one goal and one assist to her credit. She enters this weekend having recorded at least one point in each of the past five games. After picking up an assist against Illinois, she tallied the game-winning goal against Northwestern and then an assist at Penn State. Then last week she logged assists against Purdue and Michigan State.
The nine assists are the most in a season by an IU player, breaking the previous high of eight by three different players.
ALL THREE OF THESE Abby Smith, a midfielder from McKinney, Texas, has come on strong over the last couple weeks for the Hoosiers. Against Purdue, he strike from 15 yards out on the right wing put IU on the board first as they cruised to the win. Then against Michigan State, she assisted on the Hoosiers first goal and then put home a header in overtime for the game-winner.
She has three goals this season and each one of them have been the game-winning goal.
BEATING THE BOILERS
Indiana took down one of its biggest nemisis last week, handing Purdue a 3-0 loss at Armstrong Stadium. It marked just the second time in regular season play that IU defeated Purdue. The other came in the very first meeting between the two schools in 1999.
YOU LOOK FAMILIAR
Indiana head coach Mick Lyon is entering his 11th season at the helm of the IU women's soccer program after spending the previous eight years at Evansville. He has racked up 193 wins between the two schools and has 93 wins with the Hoosiers entering the 2012 season.
Joining Lyon on the IU sidelines this year will be a couple of familiar faces to IUWS fans. Chloe McKay (2007-10) and Megan Reinhardt (2005-07) will serve as assistant coaches. McKay was a volunteer/student assistant coach with the Hoosiers last year while Reinhardt was the goalkeeper coach at the University of Indianapolis last season.
Junior midfielder Lisa Nouanesengsy recorded her second career hat trick in the season opener against Arkansas State and wrote her name into the record book. She became the first player in IUWS history to record more than one hat trick in a career. She posted a hat trick as a sophomore against Butler.
She has also found the back of the net this year against Ohio, Missouri State and Indiana State to give her six goals on the season and 12 in her career.
MAKING THE FIRST ONE COUNT
Freshman Jessie Bujouves found herself inside the six-yard box with the ball rattling around when all of a sudden it fell to the ground in front of her. She quickly pounced on the chance and drilled the ball into the goal int he 77th minute against Indiana State for her first collegiate goal. It also proved to be the game-winner as IU went on to win 3-1. Freshman Caitlin O'Connor became the fourth player on the roster to score their first collegiate goal with her tally in the closing seconds at Nebraska.
GLOBAL EXPERIENCE Orianica Velasquez, a senior forward for the Hoosiers, became the first-ever IUWS player to compete in the Olympics when she led Colombia into London this summer. It was the nation's first-ever appearance in the Olympics in women's soccer. Velasquez was in the starting lineup for each game the Colombians played in London.
Upon returning to Bloomington, she has continued her ascent towards the top of the IUWS record books. Check the far right column for where she currently ranks among the all-time greats at IU.
BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior midfielder Lisa Nouanesengsy (Huber Heights, Ohio), was named the Big Ten Player of the Week on Aug. 20. She became the first Indiana player to receive the award since Sept. 21, 2009.
Nouanesengsy opened the season with a hat trick to lead the Hoosiers to a 3-0 win over Arkansas State at Armstrong Stadium. It was her second career hat trick and she became the first player in school history to post two hat tricks in a career.
Indiana scored four times in the first half against Xavier, the most goals scored in a half by the Hoosiers since scoring five in the second half against Butler in 2010.
TWICE AS NICE
On Aug. 26, Orianica Velasquez and Jessie Bujouves both had two assists in the Hoosiers 4-1 victory against Missouri State. It marked the first time an IU player has had two assists in a game since Sept. 5, 2008, when Carly Samp had a pair against Vermont. Then against Xavier, Rebecca Candler tallied a goal and two assists in the 5-0 Indiana victory.
BIG TEN TOURNAMENT
For the second time in program history, Armstrong Stadium will be the site for the Big Ten Women's Soccer Touranment following the 2012 regular season. The tournament will begin on Oct. 31 with the quarterfinals. The semifinals will be on Friday, Nov. 2, and the championship match will be played on Sunday, Nov. 4.
The last time Bloomington played host to the Big Ten's best was in 1995.
In a change from years past, the host institution will no longer be granted automatic inclusion into the conference tournament. Instead, 2012 will see the top eight teams (based on points) advance to the quarterfinals.