IU women’s soccer will play in its 25th season in program history this fall. The Hoosiers will be celebrating a quarter-century’s worth of IU women’s soccer history in the 25 days leading up to the team’s first game of the season.
A social media countdown highlighting a different memory, player or coach from the program’s 25 years will begin on August 24. Fans can follow along with the countdown on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
The women’s soccer team went from club to varsity status in 1993. After spending many seasons working with the women’s club team from 1977 to 1992, former IU soccer player Joe Kelley was named head coach in the Hoosiers’ first season.
Kelley went on to coach the team for nine seasons, eight of which were played in the Big Ten Conference. In the program’s fourth year, he led the Hoosiers to their only Big Ten Championship in 1996.
More than 250 players have suited up for IU over the years and this countdown will reflect on those players and their moments in Hoosier history.
IU’s season opener will be against Cal Poly at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Admission to all women’s soccer games is free.
Redshirt junior Mykayla Brown led the team in scoring in 2016 with eight goals from the forward position. The Hoosiers finished last season with a 7-9-4 overall record and went 4-4-3 in conference play.
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