Dec. 8, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
The 2009 edition of the Indiana University Women's Soccer team got off to a tremendous start and appeared poised to make a trip to the NCAA Tournament. But a couple breaks did not go in the Hoosiers' favor down the stretch and a pair of close conference games went the other way and IU narrowly missed out on the tournament in the end with a 10-7-2 record. But the season was not without a number of outstanding team and individual performances that drew the attention of the women's college soccer world.
Just like every year, teams want to get off to a good start so they do not have to work uphill for the rest of the season. In 2009, head coach Mick Lyon led the Hoosiers to a 6-0 start, the best in the 17-year history of the program. They would go on to an 8-1 mark, which was also the best start through nine games in the history of the program. And the quick start was done against some of the top teams in the country, as the Hoosiers racked up wins over eventual NCAA Tournament teams in Central Michigan and Florida. Central Michigan went on to post 13 consecutive shutouts while Florida ended up 16-6-2 on the year and were crowned the SEC Champions.
The Hoosiers finished the 2008 season with three straight shutouts and then opened this season with three more to give them six in a row, the second-most in school history behind an eight-game streak in 1993. Florida finally got on the board thanks to an own goal by the Hoosiers in the fourth game of the season to end the shutout streak at 658:37. The school-record is 808:34 minutes, set during the 1993 string of eight games. Since the Hoosiers were credited with an own goal to end the streak, some can argue that an opponent did not score against the Hoosiers until the Mercer Bears scored two days later in the fifth game of the season, which would then put the 2009 streak at 755:48 mintues.
In addition to the shut streak mentioned earlier, the Hoosiers used the start of the season to extend its winning streak to nine games when they opened 2009 with six straight wins. The nine-game winning streak was the second longest in school history after the 14 games streak that spanned the end of the 1993 season and the start of the 1994 season.
Hoosiers Down Then-No. 6 Florida
History was made on Sept. 4 at Armstrong Stadium when the sixth-ranked Florida Gators came calling. Sophomore Devon Beach gave the Hoosiers a lead at the 57:39 mark when she put her head on a perfectly struck free kick from Chloe McKay. The lead would be short-lived when a clearing attempt by the Hoosiers went awry and wound up in the back of their own net just four minutes later for an own goal and a tie game. The teams battled evenly the rest of regulation and for the first overtime session. Then in the middle of the second overtime period, Beach took a loose ball at midfield and sent a tremendous through ball that found the foot of Leigh Anne Cummings in stride. The junior took two dribbles down the right sideline and fired a low shot to the far post that scooted past the Florida keeper for the game-winning goal. The Gators became the highest-ranked opponent the Hoosiers have ever defeated, with the previous high coming on Oct. 3, 1998, against Northwestern (No. 9).
Hoosiers in the Rankings
The 2009 season also saw the Hoosiers ranked amongst the nation's best in the adidas/NSCAA Poll as well as Soccer America. In the adidas/NSCAA (Coaches) Poll, the Hoosiers were ranked in the Top 25 for a total of six weeks and received votes two additional weeks. In the Great Lakes Regional rankings, the Hoosiers were ranked No. 1 for the first time in program history on Sept. 22 and moved back up to the top spot on Oct. 13. All totaled, they were ranked first, second or third in the region for five weeks during the season after starting out in eighth. In the Soccer America poll, the Hoosiers topped out at No. 12 on Sept. 8 after the win over Florida. They stayed in the poll for the next two weeks as well, checking in at No. 22 (Sept. 15) and No. 19 (Sept. 22).
With the success that Indiana had this season, there were undoubtedly going to be players that receive nation and regional attention for their accomplishments. Below is a list of all the awards or honors that members of the 2009 team received during or after the season:
Kelly Lawrence (Senior)
Second Team All-Big Ten
First IU player to be named to First or Second Team All-Big Ten all four years
NSCAA Second Team All-Region
First IU player to be named to All-Region team three times
Jessica Boots (Senior)
Big Ten Sportsmanship nominee
Christie Kotynski (Senior)
CollegeSoccer360.com Primetime Performers List (Sept. 16)
Devon Beach (Sophomore)
ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Second Team
Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 7)
CollegeSoccer360.com Primetime Performers of the Week (Sept. 8)
Carly Samp (Sophomore)
CollegeSoccer360.com Primetime Performers of the Week (Oct. 4)
Orianica Velasquez Herrera (Freshman)
Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 21)
Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Sept. 21)