After watching just one game from the sidelines, freshman Shaunna Daugherty will get her shot this weekend as the women's soccer team travels for a pair of games in the Vermont Classic.\n"She's going to play," coach Joe Kelley said. "We're not sure which game yet, but she's going to get a chance.\n"She's going to start."\nThe Hoosiers (1-0) face host University of Vermont (0-2) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and then return at 11 a.m. Sunday to face the University of New Hampshire (1-0). Wisconsin-Green Bay is the fourth team in the weekend-long tournament.\nFor Daugherty, the time spent waiting for the chance to play has been long and nerve-wracking. \n"Oh God, I've been ready forever ' I can't wait," Daugherty said, despite the fact that the real wait has been only a week. "I just want to get in." \nWith Daugherty playing in one of the two games, senior keeper Chrissy Heubi, who made all five saves in a shutout of Xavier last week, will be left on the sidelines.\nHeubi, who walked-on at IU and has four career starts, will share time with Daugherty throughout the season, Kelley said. \n"We're in a great position," Kelley said. "We have two real strong goalkeepers. (Heubi) has experience, and we're going to start getting (Daugherty) experience this weekend.\n"Shaunna is going to play a major role with this team … this year and beyond."\nDaugherty, from Aurora, Ill., was one of the most sought-after keepers in high school.\nFor the two keepers, the competition since the first day of practice has been fierce but rewarding, they said.\nAnd the battles are something that the other players have noticed on the field.\n"They've been great," senior forward Wendy Graves said. "Working with them, they've been switching in and out in practice and just out-doing each other every time.\n"That's one of the things that has changed the whole attitude of this team. Practice is fun again. Last year, I don't think you could have said that."\nKelley said he hopes to use his team's depth as an advantage during the weekend, while emphasizing a few key points.\n"We worked a lot on clearing the ball in practice," Kelley said. "I don't think we cleared the ball exceptionally well against Xavier.\n"I want the team to be a lot more stifling. Even though it's hard to be more stifling than we were against Xavier, we still need to look ahead to the Big Ten and be prepared for that. We need to be able to stop the opposing team's top scorer every game. We did it once, now we need to go out and try and do it consistently."\nThe Hoosiers are preparing for two of Division I's smaller schools in Vermont and New Hampshire; both representatives of the America East Conference.\nBoth teams are looking to rebound after sub-.500 seasons last year. \nVermont went 5-13 last season and started out the 2000 campaign with losses to Colgate and Rhode Island.\nNew Hampshire won its season opener last weekend as sophomore Kristen Ouellette recorded her first career shutout in a 1-0 win against UTEP.
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In an eight-game span last season, the women's soccer team managed just two goals. Scores by junior Stacey Peterson and sophomore Kate Kastl were all IU had in nearly 25 days.\nThe offense was stagnant.\nBut during those eight games, IU tallied a 0-4-4 record and was in every game except one, a 3-0 loss to Big Ten tournament champ Michigan. The results could have been a lot worse, but the defense kept the Hoosiers close ' specifically the outstretched arms of former goalie Ashley Davis.\nIn her two years of guarding the net, Davis was dominant for the Hoosiers with a 1.07 goals against average in 40 career starts, along with holding team highs for shutouts and victories.\nBut, with Davis graduated and gone, coach Joe Kelley had a big hole to fill for the 2000 season. Senior Chrissy Heubi plugged that hole in the season opener Saturday, stopping all five shots in a 3-0 shutout of Xavier.\n"She made the saves she had to make," Kelley said afterwards. "She didn't have to make a lot of them, but she stepped up when we needed her to.\n"She deserved this shutout."\nOnly her second start, this game was obviously special for Heubi, but coming against the Musketeers made the feat a little sweeter.\n"Xavier is my rival," Heubi said. "I'm from Cincinnati and I played against a lot of them in high school, so it\'s a big deal."\nAnd while Heubi kept the Xavier offense in check for 90 minutes, the Indiana midfielders and forwards dominated the Musketeers with their speed, controlling tempo, and the ball for much of the game.\n"Of their shots, there was only one that was dangerous," Kelley said. "From the very beginning, we dominated this game and that's a credit to the entire team."\nIn fact, it wasn't until after freshman Emily Hotz's second goal of the game coming in the 33rd minute of the first half that Xavier mounted its first scoring chance when Heubi made a pair of nice saves on Xavier's Annette Gruber and Margaret Broe.\nHotz helped squelch the pressure on Heubi early on when she found free space in the box in the third minute of the first half and redirected a perfect cross from Peterson past Xavier keeper Megan Veith.\n"That was big," Heubi said. "To get a goal that quick really set the tone for the entire game."\nAnd what might set the tone for the season is a supposed weakness in the IU lineup, Heubi, turned out to be a strength for 90 perfect minutes Saturday.\n"If (Heubi's) our weakness," said junior midfielder Kelly Kram, the team's returning leading scorer, "it's a great weakness"
Freshman midfielder Emily Hotz scored twice in the first half as the women's soccer team rolled to a season opening 3-0 win over Xavier Saturday night at Bill Armstrong Stadium.\n"We want to make the game 90 minutes of pure hell for the other team," coach Joe Kelley said. "I think we did that tonight."\nThe romp started early for the Musketeers as Hotz scored two minutes, four seconds into the game, taking a brilliant cross from junior Stacey Peterson and piercing the ball to the left of Xavier goalie Megan Veith.\nHotz then upped the lead to 2-0 in the 33rd minute, short-hopping a ball from 35 yards past a confused Veith.\n"I had space in the middle and (Peterson) beat the defender out wide and laid a perfect ball right onto my foot and I just one-touched it in," said Hotz about the first goal. "The second goal caught me totally by surprise. I was just throwing it on goal."\nThe two Hotz goals signaled a new style for IU as an aggressive team, dominating possession the entire game. All of last season, only two players, junior Kelly Kram and graduate-turned-assistant coach Tracy Grose scored more than two goals all season. Suddenly, Hotz, a midfielder from St. Louis, had two goals in less than one half of the first game.\n"The first two minutes of the game, they should have known they were outmatched," Kelley said. "I'm really pleased how aggressive we played. We dictated play the whole game.\n"We used our speed and our athletic ability and dominated," he said.\nSophomore Lisa Tecklenburg added the third goal midway through the second half.\nThe aggressiveness was something the Hoosiers stressed after last season, where goals were few and far between.\nIn practice, Kelley has implemented a system in the midfield that freed Hotz for both her goals. Sophomore midfielder Emily Markwell sits back, letting Hotz and fellow midfielder Kram advance into the offense zone.\n"It's definitely something we had been working on in practice," Kram said. "Having Markwell play behind us lets Emily and I push up more so we help the forwards more. So it's kind of like playing four forwards." \nIn 19 games last year, the Hoosiers were able to muster three goals or more only three times.\nA faster, deeper and more experienced team gave the Musketeers all that they could handle, Xavier coach Ron Quinn said.\n"They were very quick," Quinn said. "They were in possession of the ball for the entire game. And that's what soccer is, is a game of possession. And since we didn\'t possess it, we were chasing it.\n"And they got goals. And we got tired."\nWhen Xavier did hold possession, the IU defense stifled the Musketeer attack. Xavier's prolific scorer, senior Annette Gruber, managed only one shot on goal and was marked all night long.\nIU senior goalie Chrissy Heubi stopped Gruber's shot and four others for her first career shutout in only her second career start.\n"There was a lot of defensive pressure," Quinn said. "So as a result of that, we weren't getting a lot of good looks at the goal. \n"And when we did, they weren't for very long."\nAlong with Hotz, who had a strong debut for the Hoosiers, Whitney Butler, a junior from Fort Wayne, also looked impressive in her first regular season action. Butler transferred from Connecticut last spring and has quickly become the leader in the Hoosier backfield.\n"It felt really good to be out there," Butler said. "The offense took control early on so there wasn't a lot for us to do back there."\nBut when there was some clean up work, Butler and the backfield thwarted any Xavier attack.\nFor Kelley, the opener couldn't have gone much better.\n"It was a good start," Kelley said. "There are things we need to work on, but to come out and play the way we did tonight was very encouraging"