Hoosiers Look for 10th Win in Regular Season Finale
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Bloomington, Ind. - The Hoosiers head into their final regular-season game Wednesday against Butler. The two schools have faced off every year since the inception of womens soccer at IU in 1993. Indiana looks to get its tenth win of the season over intrastate rival Butler at 7 p.m. Wednesday evening. The Hoosiers currently own a regular-season record of 9-6-2 and a conference mark of 4-4-2.
The Bulldogs are enjoying a storied season with an overall record of 12-4 and a Horizon League conference record of 4-1. The only conference loss came at the hands of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The Bulldogs will host conference rival Yougstown STate Nov. 3 before beginning Horizon League Tournament play the following weekend.
Butler comes into the game on a two-game winning streak after wins over both Illinois State and Valparaiso.
Look for Butlers Krista Rott to be a factor against the Hoosiers as she was named the Horizon Leagues Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 21 for her performance against the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and UWM. Bulldog players Amy Morrison and Amy Pike have also landed conference player-of-the-week honors this season. Morrison has 15 goals and 35 points on the season on 69 shots. Rott has nine goals and an assist for 19 points.
The Bulldogs play two goalkeepers - Katie Sanders and Amber Stauch - who have combined for 66 saves and 5 shutouts on the year. Sanders has filled in for Stauch for the past six games and looks to be a defensive force for the Bulldogs.
The Hoosiers have not lost to the Bulldogs since Oct. 28, 1997. Since that time, IU has won three and tied one game against Butler. The series history stands at 3-5-1 since 1993.
Indiana senior tri-captain midfielder Kara Bryan transferred from Butler after her 2000 season. While a Bulldog, Bryan scored 11 goals and 10 assists while ganering many Midwestern Collegiate Conference honors. In 1999 she was selected the MCCs newcomer of the year and in 2000 she was the conference co-player of the year.
Big Ten Tournament - East Lansing, Mich.
Under first year head coach Mick Lyon the Hoosiers set as their goal to make an appearance in the Big Ten Tournament. This crop of senior players has never gone to the conference tournament and were determined to make it to East Lansing in November. The last appearance in the conference tournament by a Hoosier squad was in 1998 when IU finished with a 6-3 record and tied for third place in the regular season standings. In 1998 the Hoosiers faced Minnesota and battled to a 2-2 as the game was decided on penalty kicks. Indiana won that game 5-4 on pks, advancing to the next round against Ohio State, losing 3-2 to the Buckeyes.
The Big Ten has only sponsored womens soccer since 1994. Penn State has won the conference tournament three times (1998, 2000, 2001) while Michigan has won the title twice in 1997 and 1999. Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin have won one tournament championship each.
In the history of Indianas Big Ten Tournament appearances, the Hoosiers have played only one overtime game in all of the 9 games they have participated in.
The team won the tournament in 1996 and that year the tournament was used to decide the winner of the conference for the season.
Individually, former Hoosier standout Tracy Grose has scored the most goals in Big Ten tournament action with four goals from 1995-98.
IU made five straight appearances in the conference touranment, spanning from 1994-98. They hit a drought period from 1998-01 and return to tournament action this year.