Bloomington, Ind. -For the second consectutive year, Indiana has landed a spot in the Big Ten Tournament. The Hoosiers, who are the No. 6 seed, will face one of their biggest rivals, the Purdue Boilmakers in the opening round of the 2003 Big Ten tournament. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. on Thursday. This years Big Ten Tournament is hosted by the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis. All games will be played at McClimon Complex.
Second-year Hoosier head coach Mick Lyon led the Hoosiers to a 8-9-1 finish overall and a 4-5-1 finish in the Big Ten. IU is making sixth appearance in 10 years at the Big Ten Tournament in 2003.
The seedings are based on conference finish and go to tie-breakers when teams find themselves tied in points.Should the Hoosiers win on Thursday, they will face the winner of the Illinois vs. MSU game on Friday at 4:30 p.m.
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The 2003 Big Ten Womens Soccer Tournament schedule is as follows:
Thursday, Nov. 6: (Game 1) No. 2 Illinois vs. No. 7 Michigan State @ 10:30 p.m.
(Game 2) No. 3 Purdue vs. No. 6 Indiana @ 1:30 p.m. (Game 3) No. 4 Michigan vs. No. 5 Ohio State @ 4:30 p.m.
(Game 4) No. 1 Penn State vs. No. 8 Wisconsin @ 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 7: (Game 5) Game 1 winner vs. Game 2) winner @ 4:30 p.m.
(Game 6) Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner @ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday Nov. 9: (Championship Game) Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner @ 1:00 p.m.
Breakdown of Tournament
Penn State, the 2003 Big Ten Conference Champion, is the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Womens Soccer Tournament. The Nittany Lions finished with a 9-1 record in League games which earned them 27 points. Penn State matches up with No. 8 seeded Wisconsin, as the Badgers posted a 4-6-0 record in Conference action, giving them 12 points.
Illinois notched the No. 2 seed in the Tournament with a record of 7-1-2, good for 23 points, and will take on No. 7 Michigan State, who finished with a record of 4-6-0 and 12 points.
Purdue, the No. 3 seed which posted a record of 6-2-2 and earned 20 points, is pitted against in-state rival and No. 6 seed Indiana. The Hoosiers finished Conference action with a 4-5-1 mark, good for 13 points.
Michigan and Ohio State round off the field of eight as the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds, respectively. The Wolverines were 4-2-4 in the Big Ten, earning them 16 points while the Buckeyes finished with a 4-3-3 Conference record and 15 points.
The title game, slated for 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 9 will be broadcast live by College Sports Television.
Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament IU is 4-5-1 all-time in the Big Ten tournament. Prior to the 2002 season, the Hoosiers had not made an appearance at the tournament since 1998. Winning only one conference title, in 1996, the Hoosiers have not advanced past the first round since 1998 when they defeated Minnesota on Nov. 6, in sudden death penatly kicks, 5-4. The Hoosiers then fell to Ohio State a day later in the second round, 3-2.
Last Time Against Purdue The Hoosiers and Boilermakers last met on Oct. 24, 2003, in Bloomington, Ind., for a regular season Big Ten matchup with the Boilers walking away with a, 2-1, win.
The Hoosiers and Boilers were pretty evenly matched in the first 45 minutes of action, but the scoreless grudge match was snapped at the 69:44 mark after Purdues Kim Comisar chipped the ball over the Hoosier defense and Courtney Coppedge found herself in ready position to score her sixth goal of the season into the lower left corner into an empty net.
Just two minutes later, the Boilers struck again. This time the goal would come from Annette Kent at the 71:51. Lauren Sesselmann and Comisar were awarded the assists.
Carly Everett scored her first career goal late in the game but the Hoosiers could not battle back hard enough to earn another goal.
Among the Big Ten In conference play, Indiana finished sixth in goals with a total of 12 in regular season play.
Four Hoosiers appear in the Big Ten category leaders for the end of regular season.
Missy Vierling remains tied for third in the game-winning goals category with two.
Kim Grodek is tied for sixth with five goals in the conference.
In addition, Shaunna Daugherty and Stacey Van Boxmeer maintained their status in the goalkeeper stats. Daugherty is seventh in the goal against category with a GAA of 1.40. Van Boxmeers 18 saves,
put her tied for 10th among other Big Ten goalkeepers. Van Boxmeer and Daugherty are also tied for sixth in shutouts with one a piece.
Briefly Looking Back The Hoosiers played their final regular season games this past weekend and split each of the games.
On Friday, the Hoosiers shutdown the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks on senior night, 2-1.
Freshman Ali Brown came through for the Cream and Crimson, knocking in the first Hoosier goal at the 42:24 mark. After a scramble in front of the goal, Shelly Gruszka inched her way towards the ball pushing it back to the eagerly waiting Brown. The RedHawks answered soon after with a goal of their own on a penatly kick.
The Hoosiers stormed out of the locker room for the second half and were quick to get themselves on the board.
Kim Grodek took everyone by surprise with an expected goal, scoring her seventh goal of the season on an assist from Kristen Zmijewksi.
Sunday concluded regular season play for the Hoosiers as they fell at Oakland, 3-0. Despite taking control of the ball for majority of the game, and outshooting their opponent, 15-12, the Hoosiers were unable to capitalize on any of their attempts.
Indiana Finishes One Spot Higher Indiana finished sixth in the regular season standings, one spot higher than expected according to the Big Ten coaches. The Hoosiers were picked seventh in the Big Ten Coaches Preseason Poll. Prior to the season the Big Ten womens soccer coaches were asked to rank each team (excluding their own).
Here is a list of the preseason rankings:
2003 Women's Big Ten Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. Penn State
2. Michigan \
6. Michigan State
7. Indiana 8. Ohio State
Low Goal Zone The Hoosier defense has been stellar this season, having only allowed 19 goals so far. Currently, the record for lowest IU opponent goals allowed in a single season is 22, set by the 1999 team and 2000 teams. If Indiana can hold its opponents to under three goals in the remaining games, the 2003 squad willsnap this record and move up on the charts.
Leaders of the Pack Junior midfielder Kim Grodek has been a major contributor to the Hoosier offense, earning 15 points on the season. Grodek earned her points on seven goals and one assist.
Also a big help to the Hoosiers, are freshmen Megan Pipkens and Ali Brown who have 10 and seven points respectively. Sophomore Kristen Zmijewksi has added seven points as well on three goals and one assist.