The Indiana State women's
soccer team returns to Missouri Valley Conference play this weekend, hosting
the Creighton Bluejays on Friday, Oct. 5, at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set
for 7:00 p.m. on ISU's Think Pink night with the Wabash Valley Susan G. Komen
Fans can receive free admission into Friday's match at Memorial Stadium by wearing pink in support of breast cancer research. Members of the Wabash Valley Susan G. Komen Foundation will be on hand throughout the evening, accepting donations from fans and providing giveaways and drawings as the Sycamores face the Bluejays.
Indiana State enters the match with a 5-7-1 record on the season and a 0-1 mark in MVC play, as the Sycamores wrapped up nonconference play last Sunday with a 3-0 win on the road at Green Bay. A trio of Sycamores scored in the match against the Phoenix, as sophomore Aubrie Musselman (11th minute), freshman Sydney Lovelace (47th minute) and junior Taylor Reed (77th minute) all hit the back of the net. The Sycamores opened league play on Friday, Sept. 21, falling 1-0 in a weather-shortened match with Northern Iowa.
Creighton heads into Friday's match at 3-7-2 on the season and an equal 0-1 in conference action. The Bluejays opened their league schedule last Saturday, falling 2-1 at home to Illinois State on a game-winning goal by the Redbirds with less than two minutes remaining in regulation. In each of Creighton's last five matches, the final result has been decided by one goal or less, with the Bluejays going 1-3-1 during that span.
A Little History - Creighton
Friday's match will be the 15th meeting between Indiana State and Creighton, with the Bluejays winning each of the previous 14 matchups. The Bluejays have won five times in Terre Haute, including a 2-0 victory back in 2010. Creighton has won four of the last five meetings in shutout fashion, with ISU's last goal coming in a 3-1 loss at home in 2008. Since their first meeting in 2000, Creighton leads in goal differential by 32, scoring 38 goals to ISU's six.
Scouting The Bluejays
Creighton carries a 3-7-2 overall record and a 0-1 mark in Missouri Valley Conference play into Friday's match, dropping their last two matches on a pair of late goals to finish a four-game homestand a 1-2-1. Oral Roberts came away with a 1-0 victory in double overtime to start CU's two-game skid before the Bluejays opened MVC play against Illinois State last Saturday. The Redbirds scored with under two minutes remaining in regulation to earn a 2-1 win on the road in Omaha. The Bluejays are 2-3-0 on the road this season, topping South Dakota (W, 3-1 on Aug. 28) and Nebraska-Omaha (W, 4-1 on Sept. 7). Senior Brittany Neumann leads the team with 11 points, coming on five goals and one assist. Freshman Jill Richgels tops the roster with three assists. Senior Katie Jo Swanson has played every minute in goal this season, making a MVC-leading 80 saves while totaling a 1.58 goals against average.
Game-by-Game - Creighton
Below is a quick look at the all-time series between Indiana State and Creighton.
Oct. 22, 2000 at Creighton -- L, 0-7 Oct. 14, 2005 at Creighton -- L, 1-2 (OT)
Oct. 5, 2001 at Creighton -- L, 1-6 Oct. 20, 2006 at Indiana State -- L, 1-3
Nov. 4, 2001 at Creighton -- L, 0-2 Oct. 19, 2007 at Creighton -- L, 0-4
Oct. 6, 2002 at Indiana State -- L, 0-1 Oct. 11, 2008 at Indiana State -- L, 1-3
Oct. 19, 2003 at Creighton -- L, 1-3 Sept. 25, 2009 at Creighton -- L, 0-1
Oct. 8, 2004 at Indiana State -- L, 1-2 Sept. 26, 2010 at Indiana State -- L, 0-2
Nov. 5, 2004 vs. Creighton (MVCT) -- L, 0-1 Oct. 22, 2011 at Creighton -- L, 0-1
Last Season Against Creighton
Indiana State traveled to Creighton for their final game of the 2011 season, dropping a 1-0 decision on a second-half goal by Andrea Zuniga on Saturday, Oct. 22. The Sycamores controlled much of the game in the first half, leading 3-1 in shots and 2-0 in corner kicks at the break, but the Bluejays totaled 12 shots and six corner kicks in the second half to earn the victory. Jessica Rosenberg and sophomore Alexandra Rodas each took two shots last season.
Indiana State is 4-0 this season when scoring multiple goals, topping SIU Edwardsville (W, 2-0), Eastern Illinois (W, 2-1), IUPUI (W, 2-1) and Green Bay (W, 3-0). Since the start of Indiana State's women's soccer program in 2000, the Sycamores are 64-10-4 (.846) when scoring at least two goals in a match.
Back On The Board
Sophomore Aubrie Musselman's goal in the 11th minute against Green Bay last Sunday snapped a three-game scoreless streak for the Sycamores. Before Musselman gave Indiana State a 1-0 lead over Green Bay, the team had last scored late in the first half at IUPUI on Sept. 14, a span of 318 minutes.
Indiana State scored three goals against Green Bay last Sunday, their highest single-game total this season. The last time ISU had scored three goals in a match was in a 3-2 overtime win at SIU Edwardsville on Sept. 4 of last season.
Indiana State scored three goals against Green Bay last Sunday, the 32nd time in program history (out of 236 all-time matches since 2000) that the team has netted three goals. Of those 32 games with at least three goals for the Sycamores, only 10 have come over the last seven seasons.
Consecutive Road Wins
With their 3-0 victory over Green Bay last Sunday, Indiana State has now won back-to-back games on the road for the first time since defeating SIU Edwardsville (3-2 in overtime on Sept. 4) and Murray State (2-0 on Sept. 9) of last season. The last time ISU won three straight games away from home was during the 2006 season when Indiana State picked up wins at Cleveland State (2-1 on Sept. 22), IUPUI (2-0 on Sept. 24) and Missouri State (2-1 on Oct. 6). The Sycamores will go for three road wins in a row at Illinois State on Sunday, Oct. 14.
Last 10 At Home
Below is a quick look at the last 10 games that Indiana State has played at Memorial Stadium.
Sept. 23, 2012 vs. Loyola (Chicago) -- L, 0-1 Aug, 26, 2012 vs. IPFW -- L, 1-2
Sept. 21, 2012 vs. Northern Iowa -- L, 0-1 Aug. 17, 2012 vs. SIUE -- W, 2-0
Sept. 16, 2012 vs. Miami (Ohio) -- L, 0-4 Oct. 19, 2011 vs. Evansville -- W, 1-0
Sept. 2, 2012 vs. Murray State -- W, 2-1 Oct. 14, 2011 vs. Illinois State -- L, 1-4
Aug. 31, 2012 vs. Eastern Illinois -- W, 1-0 Sept. 23, 2011 vs. Missouri State -- L, 0-1
Among All Newcomers
Freshman Sydney Lovelace leads all freshmen in the MVC this season with 34 shots, an average of 2.62 shots per game. Overall, the Franklin, Ohio, and Franklin High School product, ranks fifth in shots and sixth in shots per game across the league.
Between The Posts
Freshman Erin Mitchell has tallied four shutouts in goal for Indiana State this season, sitting in third place in the conference behind Chelsea Voet of Missouri State (six) and Kalena Litch of Drake (five). Mitchell's four clean sheets this season are tied for the third-best total in school history, behind Emily Lahay (five in 2010) and Carey Patton (five in 2003).
Multiple Road Wins
Indiana State is an even 2-2 in true road games this season, topping IUPUI (W, 2-1 on Sept. 14) and Green Bay (W, 3-0 on Sept. 30) while falling to Butler (L, 0-3 on Aug. 24) and Indiana (L, 1-3 on Sept. 12). The Sycamores have now won multiple road games for four straight seasons, the longest stretch in program history.
Senior Kourtney Vassar has been a mainstay for Indiana State on defense this season, playing 10 complete games and leading the team with 1,124 minutes played (out of a possible 1,180). Vassar has also assisted the team in allowing just eight shots on goal in their last three matches.
Only League Games Remain
Only Missouri Valley Conference games remain on Indiana State's schedule this season. Below is a look at the upcoming schedule and Indiana State's all-time record against the schools.
Opponent Series Last Season
at Illinois State -- Sunday, Oct. 14 ILS leads 12-3-0 L, 1-4 in Terre Haute
at Evansville -- Wednesday, Oct. 17 UE leads 8-6-1 W, 1-0 in Terre Haute
vs. Drake -- Sunday, Oct. 21 DU leads 10-2-0 L, 1-2 (2OT) in Des Moines
at Missouri State -- Thursday, Oct. 25 MSU leads 8-3-1 L, 0-1 in Terre Haute
Indiana State has only played one overtime game this season, drawing with Sacramento State on Sept. 9 in the final game of the UNLV Nike Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev. In each of the three previous seasons under head coach Erika True, the Sycamores have played at least four matches that have gone past regulation.
On To The Next One...
Indiana State plays their next two MVC matches on the road, beginning with a trip to Normal, Ill., to face the Illinois State Redbirds on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 2:00 p.m. (ET).