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IU faces top Big Ten rival tonight

Two highly ranked men's soccer teams collide at 7 p.m. tonight at Bill Armstrong Stadium as Penn State visits IU in what coach Jerry Yeagley calls "to date, the most important game this season." The match has national implications as well as conference importance. IU is ranked sixth according to the Sept. 24 National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll, and Penn State is ranked eighth. Both teams are 1-0 in the Big Ten, with Penn State beating Michigan, and IU topping Michigan State.

Banged up and bruised

Pray that the rumors aren't true. Because if seniors Kemp Rasmussen, Devin Schaffer and Justin Smith, three key members of the defense, are injured and unable to play a complete game Saturday against Ohio State (1-1), things are going to be ugly for the Hoosiers (0-2). The threesome totals 29 combined tackles in IU's two non-conference games. But Saturday's 11:10 a.m. game is the Hoosiers' Big Ten opener, and the Buckeyes have totaled 414 total yards in its first non-conference match-ups.

Last fresh start

IU had its season opener three weeks ago against North Carolina State. The Hoosiers had their home opener last week vs. Utah. Tomorrow, they'll play their Big Ten opener. And get their last shot at a fresh start. Should the Hoosiers lose, there are no more new beginnings to look forward to. The players know that means this game vs. Ohio State is a big one. "We've got some stuff to prove," tight end Kris Dielman said. "It's a new season. The first three games, that's one thing. When you start the Big Ten, it's a totally different season."

Big Ten Player of the Week

Junior forward Pat Noonan is a top candidate for the Hermann Trophy, which is awarded to collegiate soccer's National Player of the Year at the end of each season. "He's a proven player after two years," head coach Jerry Yeagley said. "But with (senior midfielder Ryan) Mack and (freshman forward) Ned Grabavoy out, I think he was pressing a little bit (at the beginning of the season). Now he's playing his game. He has a special ability to change the game by himself." Noonan was named Big Ten Player of the Week for the second consecutive week, he also received the Fox 59 College Athlete of the Week. Last Thursday against Louisville, Noonan tallied two goals in a 4-0 shutout by the Hoosiers. It was his second career double-goal game, the first coming last season against Northwestern.

Defense shutting down opposition

There is a simple adage in sports: If the other team can't score, they can't beat you. This philosophy has been the foundation for the women's soccer team early this season. After allowing only one goal during a tie at Northwestern and a victory at No. 23 Wisconsin last weekend, the Hoosiers find themselves off to a 4-1-1 start (1-0-1 Big Ten), ranked sixth in the Great Lakes Region by Soccer Buzz and are third in the Big Ten Conference. This season, the team has already equalled their point total in conference play from last year in two games.

Hoosiers seek year's first victory

After two losses in Ann Arbor, Mich., last weekend, the field hockey team is still searching for that elusive first win of the season. Although the Hoosiers were defeated 4-1 by Massachusetts and 10-1 by Michigan, the team said it believes it learned a lot from the games and hopes to get a victory soon. The Hoosiers' next chance is today at 4 p.m. in Mellencamp Pavilion against in-state rival Ball State.

Freshmen adapt to college

In August, thousands of freshmen moved to Bloomington to start their college careers. Many were filled with anxiety about the upcoming year and began to adjust to college life, particularly those playing sports. "You like to see everyone have a smooth transition into college, but it doesn't always happen," said women's cross country coach Judy Bogenschutz.

Room 207 rocks with student athlete members

Before the football game against Utah, there was a tent set up for students on the south side of Memorial Stadium near 17th Street. Inside, the tent featured free pizza; outside, a band. The band -- Room 207 -- got the gig through the University and features two members of the men's cross country team. Junior Chris Powers, the drummer, and sophomore Jeff Zeha, the bass player, both find time in their busy schedules to play while running for the 16th-ranked cross country team and attending classes.

Team focuses on mental game

Getting ready to play No. 9 Wisconsin Friday and Northwestern Saturday might require intense preparation. But the volleyball team said it has no doubt it can hold its own and prove it has what it takes to be a winning program. The team trains for hours a day to develop communication, skills, physical strength and the mental aspects of the game. Being mentally prepared is one important aspect to the team. "So much of the game is mental. We focus on taking out distractions and to work together for a common goal," coach Katie Weismiller said. "We work on how to approach practice and matches and how to be relaxed when you play."

Local ice arena opens doors following $600,000 in renovations

The Frank Southern Ice Center, 1965 South Henderson, opened its doors to the public for the first time last Wednesday since undergoing an estimated $600,000 worth of renovations that started in May. Just one step into the entirely redesigned front lobby and the difference is clear.

Intramurals provide outlet for students

Sports already plays a large part in many IU students' lives; ranging from football tailgating parties to dressing up or painting yourself with as much cream and crimson as possible. For many, being a spectator is the full extent sports plays in a person\'s life. But there is a place where the student doesn\'t just have to watch the game, but rather is in the game -- Recreational Sports located in the HPER and the SRSC.

The ultimate in frisbee teams

They come out one at a time to devote their time to practicing a unique sport. They are participants of a club sport at IU, Ultimate Frisbee. They practice every Tuesday and Thursday night at Woodlawn field. The team HoosierMama?'s has about 40 male members on its varsity and B team. There are about 18 members on the varsity squad. The Women's team, Calamity Jane, has about 20 members.

Head official plays big role

Senior David Balmer knew what he was going to do when he came to IU. He was going to be an athletic official. "I love sports," Balmer said. "And this is a way for me to get involved without playing them."

Greeks unite in sports

Friendship, loyalty, and working together are three of the main ideals of fraternities and sororities. All three of these ideals are personified by intramural sports. This is why greek organizations are a big part of intramural sports.

Team upsets No. 23 Wisconsin

The Indiana women's soccer team tied the Northwestern Wildcats 1-1 Friday night at Lakeside Field in Evanston, Ill.

The Greatness of College Football

Saturday afternoon, you could it hear it. What started as a low rumble in the late morning hours turned into a somewhat deafening noise heard from the northern part of campus. And with it, the good times of college football returned to Bloomington.

Five alumni join IU Hall of Fame

Ed Davis, Archie Harris, Terry Brahm, Mark Lenzi and Michele Redman joined 114 former IU coaches, administrators and athletes in the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Friday at Assembly Hall. The IU Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame, established in 1982 by the Department of Athletics in conjunction with the Varsity Club and the I-Men's Association, recognizes individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the prestige of Indiana University, on and off the field of competition.

Randle El will QB once again

Coach Cam Cameron has probably said it to himself 100 times the past two weeks. And Saturday night, after IU's 28-26 loss to Utah, he said it publicly for the first time. Has there ever been a more obvious decision in the history of the game? Apparently not.

Hoosiers to face off against Northwestern, Wisconsin

The women's soccer team will start its Big Ten schedule Friday as they play Northwestern and conclude the road trip at No. 23 Wisconsin Sunday. The team is also playing its first game since a 1-0 overtime win over Xavier Sept. 9. The Hoosiers went 3-1 in their non-conference games, and are currently ranked No. 10 by Soccer Buzz Magazine for the Great Lakes Region.

Cardinals shut out in high-scoring game

After struggling to score only three goals in its first four games, the IU men's soccer team was looking for a breakout game. The Hoosiers might have found one Thursday night in Louisville. IU (3-2-0), eclipsed its total goal output for the season by pouring in four goals and shutting out the Cardinals, 4-0.

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