Nov. 4, 2010
Minnesota Golden Gophers (11-5-3, 3-4-2 Big Ten) at Indiana Hoosiers (6-11-1, 2-7 Big Ten)
Friday, Nov. 5, 2010
Armstrong Stadium 7:00 p.m. ET
**Live streaming video on IUHoosiers.com
*The five seniors on the Indiana roster will be recognized on the field prior to the game.
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THE OPENING WHISTLE
Indiana split a pair of Big Ten games last weekend, dropping a 6-1 decision at Penn State on Thursday and then coming back home to defeate No. 18 and Big Ten leading Ohio State 1-0 on Jocelyn Moses' goal from long range in the second half. Freshman goalkeeper Shannon Flower made six saves in goal against Ohio State to pick up the win and her first collegiate shutout. The Hoosiers played the game against Ohio State without one of its top offensive threats in Orianica Velasquez, as she returned to her native country of Colombia to play with the national team there in a World Cup qualifying tournament. She will also miss this week's game against Minnesota.
Prior to the start of Friday's game against the Golden Gophers, the five seniors on Indiana's roster (Chloe McKay, Leigh Anne Cummings, Darby Hannon, Lauren Hollandsworth and Jocelyn Moses) will be recognized on the field for their hard work and dedication to the Indiana women's soccer program.
Mick Lyon is in his ninth season at the helm of the IU women's soccer program, where he has a record of 78-76-18. Last year the Hoosiers finished the seaosn with a 10-7-2 overall record and fell just short of earning an NCAA Tournament berth. The team started out 2009 with six straight victories to set a school record. 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 49-24-8 on Yeagley Field in his reign, including a 30-14-5 mark in the last three seasons. Lyon has a career record of 186-141-37 (.514) in his 18th year as a college coach.
Minnesota head coach Mikki Denney Wright is in her seventh season in the Twin Cities, where she has compiled a 68-44 overall record. In the last two seasons, Wright has an overall mark of 34-9-3, led by a 22-4 record in 2008-09.
RECORD VS. OPPONENT
Minnesota leads the all-time series between the two schools, 10-7-2. However, in the last eight meetings, Indiana has posted a 5-3 record and outscored the Golden Gophers by a 13-9 margin.
Junior forward Carly Samp leads the team with 19 points (8 goals, 3 assists) so far this year. She scored the first goal of the season for the Hoosiers just over a minute into the opener at Evansville. She has since added goals against Butler, Nebraska, No. 7 Texas A&M, Central Michigan, Illinois and Iowa to bring her career total to 14 goals and 11 assists for a total of 39 points.
The 39 points puts Samp in seventh on the career points list at Indiana. Next up is Abby Ryan's 44 career points in sixth place.
SHOOTING FOR THE TOP
Sophomore Orianica Velasquez has upped her career shot total to 120 entering play this weekend, giving her an average of 3.35 shots per game which is the highest per game total in IU history. Tracy Grose is in second place on the list with 3.08 shots per game.
She has accumulated those 120 in just 35 games and is just 4 shots away from breaking into the top 10 for career shots attempted in IU history.
In her sophomore season, she has 75 shots to her credit, which is the second-most shots in a single season in IU history, trailing the 78 by Wendy Dillinger in 1997.
PICKING UP WHERE SHE LEFT OFF
Sophomore forward Orianica Velasquez led the IU offense last year as a freshman with five goals and she wasted little time getting into the scoring column in 2010. She received a hard cross from Becca Candler 12 yards out and one-timed it into the goal to give IU a 2-0 lead before halftime in the season opener at Evansville. Against Butler, Velasquez scored the first goal in a 6-0 win. In 35 games played with the Hoosiers, Velasquez has 30 points to her credit. Breaking it down even further, Velasquez is averaging 0.88 points per game, the third-best average in IU history.
MORE HONORS FOR ORI
Velasquez has had a busy month of October as she was selected to play on the Colombian Women's National team in the 2010 South American Women's Soccer champmionship, where the top two teams qualify for the 2011 FIFA World Cup in Germany.
The Bogota, Colombia, native was also named to the CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-District V Second Team earlier this week. A public health major, Velasquez has made a smooth transition to not only the college lifestyle but also the English language upon her arrival in Bloomington just befor her freshman year.
MOSES PARTS THE RED SEA
Senior Jocelyn Moses provided all the offense that Indiana would need against No. 18 Ohio State last time out, as her shot from 25 yards out on the left sideline curled its way over the goalkeeper's head and just inside the far post for her second goal of the year and a 1-0 Indiana win.