Oct. 23, 2013
When Indiana and Purdue get together on the pitch, not only are bragging rights on the line, but so is the Golden Boot, a travelling trophy that goes to the winner each year.
The Hoosiers won the first meeting between the two schools in 1999 but then went 0-12-3 (including postseason play) until a dominating 3-0 win in Bloomington last year. The three goals scored were the most ever scored against Purdue by an IU team.
Senior Rebecca Candler has continued the momentum she built up last year into this, her final season at IU. After setting the Indiana single-season assists record with 10 in 2012, she has seven to her credit this year. Most recently, she assisted on the game-winning goal in overtime at Michigan State.
She has 18 helpers in her career, putting her in second place on the IU career assists list, trailing only Wendy Dillinger's 24 assists.
The Medina, Ohio, native also has 10 career assists in Big Ten games, which is a new IU record.
Jordan Woolums knew her opportunity to help the team when they needed it would come, she just didn't know when. Well, that chance came against Illinois, when she scored a career-best two goals to help the Hoosiers to a 3-2 victory. She also assisted on Lisa Nouanesengsy's goal in the first half against Northwestern two days prior.
The last time out at Michigan State, Woolums did all the hard work in driving down the right sideline, getting to the endline and then serving a ball in front of the goal that Kayleigh Steigerwalt literally tapped in the goal to put the Hoosiers ahead in the second half.
For her career, Woolums has five goals and five assists.
"V" IS FOR VICTORY...AND VERONICA
Freshman midfielder Veronica Ellis was inserted into the lineup midway through the second half against Minnesota, looking to provide a spark in a 0-0 game. She wasted little time igniting the Indiana offense, as she found herself onside and in on goal just over two minutes later, depositing her first career goal inside the far post. The goal would go on and prove to be the game-winner in a 1-0 victory in the Big Ten opener.
Then last weekend against Michigan State, she scored the game-winner in overtime in East Lansing.
LISA THE LEADER
Senior midfielder Lisa Nouanesengsy continues to etch her name deep in the IUWS record books after her three goal performance against Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 8. She was already the only player in IU history with more than one career hat trick and now she has three to her credit.
She leads the team with nine goals this season and has a pair of game-winners. She also assisted on Veronica Ellis' game-winning goal against Minnesota. Against Northwestern, she almost single-handedly guided the Hoosiers to the win, scoring a goal in the 37th minute and then picking up the second assist on the game-winning goal in the 108th minute. It was her third game this season with at least three points.
A Huber Heights, Ohio, native, she is one of six players in IU history to amass 52 points in her career and her 22 career goals are good for sixth in IU history.
LOTS OF HELP
Entering Thursday's game at Purdue, the Hoosiers have 34 assists as a team, one shy of tying the IU single-season record of 35 set in 1998.
DIVERSIFY THE PORTFOLIO
In the 5-0 win against Georgia Southern, Indiana had five different players record goals. The last time that happened was a 5-0 win at Xavier on Sept. 7, 2012.
For the season, a total of 10 different players have scored at least one goal for the Hoosiers and 15 have recorded at least one point.
In the Hoosiers' 11 wins this season, eight different players have recorded a game-winning goal and no one player has more than two.
The Hoosiers defeated Purdue last year in Bloomington by a score of 3-0. It marked the first regular season win against Purdue since the first-ever meeting in 1999. Overall, Purdue leads the series 2-12-3.
The Wisconsin Badgers have defeated Indiana in each of the last five meetings. Indaina trails the all-time series 8-12-2 with the last win coming Sept. 30, 2007, in Bloomington.
ON THE FRONT LINES
Sophomore Kayleigh Steigerwalt enters this weekend second on the team with five assists and also has five goals to her credit. All of that comes after she spent the 2012 season playing as a defender and not accumulating any points. She also provided the game-winning goal on Sept. 15 against Central Michigan.
Senior goalkeeper Shannon Flower has had a great start to her final collegiate campaign in the Cream and Crimson. Through the first 16 games, she has posted seven shutouts, leaving her one shy of tying the IU single-season record. Entering this year, Flower had two solo shutouts in 34 games played.
Her goals against average this season of 1.03 ranks her inside the Top 10 all-time at IU while her career goals against average of 1.59 also puts her inside the Top 10 on that list.