SETTING THE STAGE
The Indiana State women’s soccer team opens the 2013 campaign with home matches against Georgia Southern (Aug. 23) and Butler (Aug. 25). Kickoff versus the Eagles is set for 7:00 p.m. (ET) while the match with Butler begins at 1:00 p.m. (ET) at Memorial Stadium. Both matches can be seen on a free live internet broadcast on Sycamore Vision. Sycamore Vision is a web stream service provided on GoSycamores.com (registration is required to view).
The Sycamores are coming off an 8-10-3 campaign in 2012, which saw them capture the Missouri Valley Conference’s No. 5 seed and advance to the league’s championship match by virtue of a road victory over No. 4 Northern Iowa as well a neutral field victory over No. 1 Evansville in the semifinals. Indiana State made their second-ever trip to the MVC title match on Nov. 4, 2012 when the Sycamores faced No. 2 Illinois State, falling by the score of 5-1. ISU also appeared in the championship match in 2008, falling to top-seeded Evansville that season, 2-0.
Indiana State finished the 2012 campaign by winning or tying four of their last five matches, going 2-1-2 over that span. During ISU’s late-season run, the Sycamores earned a scoreless draw against Drake, defeated Missouri State in overtime in Springfield to earn a spot in the conference tournament, topped fourth-seeded Northern Iowa in the opening game of the tournament in Cedar Falls on penalty kicks, 4-3, and eliminated the tournament’s top seed Evansville in the semifinals.
The Sycamores return a pair of All-MVC award winners in 2013 as senior midfielder Shelby Troyer and sophomore midfielder Sydney Lovelace were honored by the league coaches. Lovelace was selected to the All-MVC Second Team, with Lovelace also earning MVC All-Freshman Team honors. Troyer rounded out the awards for the Sycamores, earning Honorable Mention All-MVC for the second straight season.
Indiana State went 2-0 in a pair of preseason friendlies as they downed Northern Kentucky 3-1 on August 12 and took down Bowling Green 3-0 on August 17. Freshman Abby Reed scored three goals over the two-match stretch. Lovelace was named a Preseason All-MVC selection and the Sycamores are picked to finish fourth in the MVC Preseason Poll.
Sycamores Team Up With Catholic Charities On Friday
Fans who donate two or more food items (non perishables, canned foods, boxed items) will get in free to the Indiana State vs. Georgia Southern soccer match on Friday night. Those interested in donating are reminded to avoid bringing any items in glass jars as they can not be accepted! All donations will go directly to the Terre Haute Catholic Charities Foodbank.
A Little History -- Georgia Southern
Friday’s match against Georgia Southern will be the first for the Sycamores against the Eagles. ISU is 0-2 against the current membership of the Southern Conference (0-1 vs. Chattanooga, 0-1 vs. Western Carolina). The Sycamores have not played a member of the Southern Conference since the 2000 season – the debut campaign of the Indiana State soccer program.
A Little History -- Butler
Sunday’s match against Butler is the 12th meeting between the two programs. The Bulldogs own an 8-3 advantage in the all-time series, having won each of the last two matches against the Sycamores, dating back to a 1-0 victory for Indiana State in Indianapolis on August 27, 2010. The Sycamores are 1-4 against Butler at home, having dropped the last four matches in Terre Haute, dating back to a 3-2 victory on September 26, 2003.
Scouting The Eagles
Georgia Southern enters the 2013 campaign as the defending Southern Conference Tournament Champions with 29 student-athletes on the roster, including six newcomers. The Eagles will be without Katie Merson, who is out for the season due to an injury sustained during the summer. Georgia Southern is coached by Brian Dunleavy, who is in his first season at the helm of the Eagle program. Georgia Southern was 10-8-5 last season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament where they fell at No. 10 Wake Forest by the score of 4-0.
Scouting The Bulldogs
Butler is led by co-head coaches Tari St. John and Rob Alman. Butler was 12-5-4 last season, including a record of 5-1-3 in the Atlantic 10 -- good enough for a fourth place finish. In 2013, Butler will make its debut in the BIG EAST. Butler advanced to the semifinal round of the Atlantic 10 Championship Tournament. Butler returns 19 letterwinners and nine starters from one season ago. Sophia Maccagnone returns for her sophomore season at Butler after leading the team with 11 goals and 24 points on 97 shots in 2012.
Game-by-Game -- Butler
Below is a quick look at the all-time series between Indiana State and Butler.
Oct. 2, 2002 at Butler -- L, 1-4
Sept. 26, 2003 at Indiana State -- W, 3-2
Sept. 5, 2004 at Butler -- L, 0-1
Sept. 9, 2005 at Indiana State -- L, 0-1
Oct. 25, 2006 at Butler -- W, 4-0
Sept. 11, 2007 at Indiana State -- L, 3-7
Oct. 21, 2008 at Butler -- L, 1-3
Sept. 13, 2009 at Indiana State -- L, 1-3
Aug. 27, 2010 at Butler -- W, 1-0
Aug. 26, 2011 at Indiana State -- L, 0-1
Oct. 24, 2012 at Butler -- L, 0-3
Leading All Newcomers
Freshman Sydney Lovelace led all freshmen in the MVC last season with 59 shots, an average of 2.81 shots per game. Overall, the Franklin, Ohio, and Franklin High School product, ranked third in shots and fourth in shots per game across the league. She was the Indiana State representative on the All-MVC Preseason Team in 2013.
Sycamores Picked To Finish Fourth In The MVC
Indiana State was picked to finish fourth in the Missouri Valley Conference in 2013 after finishing as the league’s No. 5 seed and advancing to the MVC Championship Match in 2012. The fourth place prediction is the highest for the Sycamores since a similar result in 2011.
Indiana State was 6-1 last season when scoring multiple goals, topping SIU Edwardsville (W, 2-0), Eastern Illinois (W, 2-1), IUPUI (W, 2-1), Green Bay (W, 3-0), Creighton (W, 3-1) and Evansville (W, 2-1) while falling to Illinois State (L, 2-9). Since the start of Indiana State’s women’s soccer program in 2000, the Sycamores are 66-11-4 (.840) when scoring at least two goals in a match.
Indiana State was 7-1 last season when scoring the first goal in a match, compared to a 1-9 mark when their opponent’s net the game’s opening goal. The Sycamores earned wins over SIU Edwardsville (2-0), Eastern Illinois (1-0), IUPUI (2-1), Green Bay (3-0), Creighton (3-1), Missouri State (1-0) and Evansville (2-1) last season when scoring first with their lone loss coming at Illinois State. ISU’s single win last season when scoring second came against Murray State on Sept. 2, as the Sycamores scored twice in the second half to pick up a 2-1 victory.
Freshman Sydney Lovelace led the team with 59 shots last season, giving her the third-best single-season total in school history. Below is a quick look at the top single-season totals for shot attempts at Indiana State.
1. Nichole Tiggs (2004) -- 64
2. Lauren Podolski (2006) -- 60
3. Sydney Lovelace (2012) -- 59
4. Lauren Podolski (2004) -- 54
5. Callie McDonough (2004) -- 50
T6. Claire Hemkens (2003) -- 49
T6. Alison Gasparovich (2010) -- 49
T8. Jamie Brinck (2001) -- 47
T8. Claire Hemkens (2002) -- 47
T8. Rachel Hasser (2003) -- 47
Taylor Reed and Shelby Troyer tied for the team-lead in scoring last season, each totaling nine points. The midfielders combined for seven goals and four assists last season, despite taking just 12 total shots on goal. Reed and Troyer both scored two game-winning goals in 2012, leading the Sycamores to wins over SIU Edwardsville, Murray State, Creighton and Missouri State.
First Victory Over Creighton
The Sycamores picked up their first victory over Creighton in program history on Oct. 5, 2012 defeating the Bluejays by a 3-1 score at Memorial Stadium. Sophomore Aubrie Musselman (eighth minute) and juniors Shelby Troyer (37th minute) and Taylor Reed (84th minute) all netted goals for ISU.
From All Directions
Taylor Reed and Sydney Lovelace led the team with four goals last season, while Shelby Troyer, Aubrie Musselman and Elle Stelle each scored three times. The last time that ISU had at least four Sycamores with three goals or more in a season was back in 2009 when Katlin Owens (six), Erin Bianchi (four), senior Casey Allbright (three), Seyma Erenli (three) and Alison Gasparovich (three) all tallied at least three goals.
The 91st Minute
Indiana State has played 39 overtime matches in their program history, holding a 13-12-14 record when the match goes past 90 minutes. In the four years under head coach Erika True, the Sycamores have played 19 overtime matches, posting a 7-5-7 record in extra time. Indiana State is 1-0-3 in overtime this season, tallying scoreless draws against Sacramento State (Sept. 9), Drake (Oct. 21) and Northern Iowa (Oct. 28), while topping Missouri State, 1-0 (Oct. 25).
First Conference Road Win Since 2009
Indiana State’s road victory at Missouri State on Thursday, Oct. 25, was the first road win in league play for the Sycamores since 2009, when ISU topped Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, 2-1. ISU had lost eight straight matches on the road in MVC action from 2009 to 2012, before junior Taylor Reed sent Indiana State to an overtime victory in Springfield. Indiana State is 9-31-0 all-time on the road in conference play since the program’s first season in 2000.
Up Next ...
Indiana State will follow up this weekend’s two matches with a road contest on Saturday, September 1 at Western Kentucky. Kick-off against the Hilltoppers is set for 2:00 p.m. (ET).