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IU meets familiar foe at Big Ten tourney

Before the season began, the IU women's soccer team decided that their most important goal was to make the post-season tournments. Not one player on the current squad had ever appeared in the Big Ten tournament, and the team was set on changing that. The Hoosiers are going to the post-season for the first time since 1998, and waiting for them is first round opponent, rival Purdue. The Boilermakers enter as the third seed, with a 12-4-2 (6-3-1, Big Ten) record, while IU, the sixth seed, owns a 10-6-2 (4-4-2, Big Ten) record.

Seniors shine in final game

The women's soccer team recognized its six seniors at Armstrong Stadium last night with the 10th annual Senior Night. After the pre-game festivities, IU went out and battled its in-state rival, the Butler Bulldogs. Butler, from the Horizon Conference, came to Bloomington with a 12-4 record, and looked to spoil Senior Night. A pair of seniors wouldn't allow that. After dominating Butler in most statistical categories for 85 minutes and spoiling numerous chances, IU (10-6-2, 4-4-2 Big Ten) finally scored a goal for a 1-0 win. It was scored by senior forward Jenny Mann, who was assisted by fellow senior forward Kate Kastl. The win improved IU to 4-5-1 all time against the Bulldogs. The goal gave the Hoosiers a win in their final regular season game before the Big Ten tournament, which begins in East Lansing, Mich. next Thursday.

Laid-back approach working

There are two philosophies to coaching. A coaching staff can be stern disciplinarians, barking instructions from the sideline. Or, they can be laid back and teach through hands-on examples, a laid-back attitude and humor. Credit coach Mick Lyon and his staff with the latter.

Destination: Post-season

The IU women's soccer team went to Iowa and Illinois this weekend looking for two wins and to solidify their place in the Big Ten tournament. They can look at the weekend as the "glass being half full."

Trips to Iowa, Illinois to prove conference potential

Ever since last year's disappointment of missing the Big Ten Tournament by the slimmest of margins, the IU women's soccer team has preached the importance of getting to the post-season this year. After tonight's game in Iowa City and Sunday's game in Champaign, Ill., they might have done enough to earn a trip to East Lansing, Mich., where the Big Ten Tournament will be held in three weeks, and the Hoosiers are looking to solidify their chances of competing in it.

Time to hit the dance floor

Nobody wants to be the one who is not able to go to the big dance. This can be any dance, whether it is 7th grade, the prom or a semi-formal. Being branded as the one person without a chance to participate can be hurtful. When it comes to the NCAA's "Big Dance," post-season play, there is no four-year player on the IU women's soccer team that has been able to dance there. This may be the first time in women's soccer history that happened. There are some determined people making sure this isn't the first senior class to graduate without a post-season appearance.

Hoosiers discover success comes in twos

This weekend the IU women's soccer team had two gritty performances and two stellar halves of soccer against two teams from Chicago. They can thank two freshmen for these results.

Hoosiers face off against DePaul, Northwestern this weekend

The IU women's soccer team will take a break from its Big Ten schedule tonight by hosting DePaul before returning to conference play Saturday to battle Northwestern. These two games will start the second half of the Hoosiers' schedule, and will have ramifications for an NCAA tournament bid. DePaul will be playing the Hoosiers for the first time, and are the last non-conference opponent IU will face until Oct. 27. IU comes into the weekend with a 5-3-1 (2-1-1) record while the Blue Demons enter the weekend with a 6-3-0 record (2-2-0). The Hoosiers know that although they are not playing a Big Ten foe, it is still an extremely important game.

Big Ten rivals on the horizon

Competing in the Big Ten Conference makes it difficult for a team to ever relax after receiving an accolade. After being ranked 8th in the Great Lakes Region by Soccer Buzz magazine and on the cusp of a national top 25 ranking, the Hoosiers face their most difficult task of the season this weekend. Tonight the Hoosiers battle Penn State in Happy Valley, and then battle Ohio State in Columbus on Sunday.

Aggressive play sets tone

Five fouls in a NCAA basketball game will get a player ejected. Committing a penalty in a hockey game will relegate a player to the penalty box. Offensive holding in a football game will push a player back ten yards. Most coaches will preach the avoidance of such blunders. Don't tell that to the women's soccer coach, Mick Lyon.

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