Oct. 23, 2008
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Indiana Hoosiers (6-10-1, 1-6-1) vs. Michigan State Spartans (13-4-0, 5-3-0)
Friday, Oct. 24 | 7:30 p.m. ET
Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium | Bloomington, Ind.
TV: IUHoosiers.com: Jeremy Gray (p-b-p) and Ian Rickerby (analyst)
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Indiana Hoosiers (6-10-1, 1-6-1) vs. Michigan Wolverines (4-9-4, 1-5-2)
Sunday, Oct. 26 | 2 p.m. ET
Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium | Bloomington, Ind.
THE OPENING WHISTLE
Indiana will close out its regular season with a pair of contests at Armstrong Stadium. In addition to Friday night's 7:30 match against MSU, IU will take on Michigan on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the regular-season finale for the Hoosiers. Friday's game against MSU will be televised live on IUHoosiers.com, with Jeremy Gray and Ian Rickerby calling the action. Michigan State enters the weekend with an impressive offense leading the Spartans to a 5-3-0 mark in the conference. Michigan is having its second straight tough season, entering the weekend one point ahead of the Hoosiers in the conference race. Last weekend, IU took a crucial four points in the Big Ten by defeating No. 25 Illinois, 1-0, and tying Purdue, 1-1.
Mick Lyon is in his seventh season at the helm of the IU women's soccer program, where he has a record of 62-58-16. 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 37-16-6 on Yeagley Field in his reign, including a 18-6-3 mark in the last two-plus seasons. Lyon has a career record of 169-123-34 (.570) in his 16th year as a college coach.
Tom Saxton is in his 18th year as the head coach of Spartan women's soccer, where he has led the team to two NCAA Tournament appearances and is a two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year. Former U.S. National Team coach Greg Ryan is in his first year as the head coach for Michigan, and previously coached at Wisconsin before joining the national team.
THE MICHIGAN STATE SERIES
Indiana has consistently matched up well against Michigan State, as the Hoosiers bring a 10-4-2 record all-time against the Spartans into this weekend. IU has won two straight against MSU and five of the last seven, but the Hoosiers' last contest against the Spartans on Yeagley Field resulted in a 1-0 loss in 2005. Indiana is 4-2-1 against Michigan State at Armstrong Stadium.
IU has posted two straight 1-0 victories over the Spartans, each of which came in East Lansing. In each case the winning goal was scored by a senior, as Carrie DeFreece netted the winner in 2006 and Lindsay McCarthy scored in 2007. In last season's contest, Lauren Hollandsworth made six saves for the shutout and McCarthy scored in the 73rd minute to lift IU to the one-goal victory over Michigan State.
THE MICHIGAN SERIES
As it is with the Spartans, this will be the first time since 2005 that the Hoosiers play Michigan in Bloomington. The Wolverines hold a strong 10-3-2 mark against the Hoosiers all-time, though Indiana has turned the tide as of late. IU is 2-1-1 in the last four games against Michigan, with the lone loss a 2-1 defeat against the Wolverines at the 2006 Big Ten Tournament in University Park, Pa. Last season the Hoosiers and Wolverines tied, 1-1, with Lindsay McCarthy scoring the lone Hoosier tally in what was Indiana's first-ever game on the Big Ten Network.
CAMPBELL SUPER IN NET
Freshman keeper Lindsay Campbell may have entered the season as number three on the depth chart for the Hoosiers, but after a strong performance in IU's 2-1 win over Loyola (Chicago), Campbell earned a subsequent start against Penn State and has not relinquished her spot in net since.
Campbell went 2-0 in her first two career starts, earning a shutout in a 5-0 victory over Vermont on Sept. 5 and picking up the OT win against Loyola. Against Purdue, she came up huge for the Hoosiers with eight saves in earning Indiana its first point of the season. She followed that up with a five-save shutout against Illinois - including a pair of crucial diving stops early in the second half - to bring IU its first victory of the conference season.
In 12 games this year, Campbell has a 0.91 goals against average and a .783 save percentage to go along with two shutouts. The Dallas native played three years of varsity soccer for the Hockaday School prior to coming to IU and also played for Sting Royal 90 in club soccer.
NO DANCE PARTNER
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. In all five of IU's Sunday matches, it faces a team that did not play a game the preceding Friday.
As the Hoosiers picked up their first four points of the Big Ten season, they did so in heroic fashion. Jocelyn Moses netted the tying goal in the 87th minute against Purdue and Carly Samp scored the winner against Illinois in the 83rd, meaning the decisive goal was scored in both games in the final 10 minutes of regulation.
In fact, IU's two decisive goals mean that the game-winning tally or game-tying score has been scored in the 83rd minute or later in each of the last five Indiana contests. Against Northwestern, Kay Sampson scored the winner in the 87th, while Wisconsin's Taylor Walsh scored the lone goal in a 1-0 contest in the 89th minute. Minnesota knocked off the Hoosiers on Oct. 5 with an overtime goal by Lindsey Schwartz. Furthermore, eight of the 11 goals scored by or against IU in conference action have come after halftime, including seven of the last eight.
Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium has provided a significant home field advantage for the Hoosiers since the program started, as IU has a 76-47-9 (.609) mark all-time at the facility. But that strength has been magnified over the last two-plus seasons, as the Hoosiers finished off the 2007 regular season with a 9-0-1 record there before falling to Duke in the NCAA Tournament. IU posted a 6-1-1 mark on Yeagley Field in 2006.
With a 2-1 win over Oakland on Oct. 21, 2007, IU wrapped up the first undefeated regular season at home in program history. The 1998 squad came the closest, but wound up 8-1-0 after a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Missouri. Indiana tied in its home opener against Loyola Marymount in 2007 and ran off nine straight home wins to finish off the regular season.
IU has not had a losing record at Armstrong in Mick Lyon's tenure, as the coach is 37-16-6 (.678) there in his seven-year career, including a 22-7-4 (.727) mark in his last 33 contests.
SAMP OF APPROVAL
After freshman Carly Samp missed both the Wisconsin and Northwestern games due to injury, the Barrington, Ill., native came back with a bang last weekend. The forward scored a goal and an assist in Indiana's four-point weekend against Purdue and Illinois.
In IU's 1-1 tie against the Boilermakers, Samp set up Jocelyn Moses' game-tying goal in the 87th minute. Off a header into the box by Leigh Anne Cummings, Samp used a head flick to send Moses in alone with keeper Jenny Bradfisch on her way to a score. Then, in a scoreless tie against Illinois, Samp made a brilliant run and took a one-touch pass from Chloe McKay to move 1-v-1 with Illinois keeper Alexandra Kapicka, then went low to the far side for her second career goal and her first game winner. Samp is tied for fourth on the team with seven points and is tied for second with three assists on the season.