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New assistants, returning starters will be difference for women’s soccer in 2018


Published Aug 15, 2018 8:00 am
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Last season was one of inconsistencies for the IU women's soccer team.

When the Hoosiers ended their 2017 campaign with a 2-1 loss to No. 13 Ohio State, it pushed their record to 6-9-4 for 11th place in the Big Ten and they missed the cut for the Big Ten Tournament for the third time in four years.

Sophomore goalkeeper Bethany Kopel had four shutout wins to her name, but also let up more than two goals on three occasions. As a team, IU won twice as many matches on the road than at home.  

Now, as they head into the 2018 season, IU is looking to improve on last year with a group of young players and new additions to the coaching staff that have IU Coach Amy Berbary more excited for an upcoming season than she's ever been during her time in Bloomington.

“It’s the most excited I’ve been since I’ve been here,” Berbary said. “The team chemistry is through the roof. The coaches and team are on board to do something big this year.”

Kopel will be back in goal after recording the third-most saves in the conference last season, while the team’s top six goal scorers are returning. 

The Hoosiers also had three players find their names on 2018 Big Ten Women’s Soccer Preseason Honors List on Aug. 13. Seniors Mykayla Brown and Maya Piper joined junior Chandra Davidson on the list after combining for 40 points last season.

Meanwhile, a pair of new assistant coaches will help bolster their performance. 

This offseason, associate head coach Sergio Gonzalez took off for a job at Ohio State and assistant coach Michael Regan left the team to become the head coach at North Dakota State. 

However, IU had no trouble finding replacements for them. 

In February, the team announced the signing of Sandy Davison, a former midfielder that Berbary said has “an attacking sense and offensive mind." 

Davison spent four years as an assistant coach at Washington State, where the Cougars racked up a record of 42-28-10.

Replacing Gonzalez will be Daniel Brizard, who has bounced between the college coaching ranks for 20 years. Most recently, he finished up his second coaching stint in Baton Rouge with Lousiana State University where he helped with goalkeepers, medical trainers, film and scouting.

"He’s been a head coach and his goalkeeping experience is second-to-none," Berbary said. "His energy and passion for the game has brought a new level to our goalkeeping.”  

The team has been practicing together for the last two weeks in preparation for the 2018 season. On Aug. 9, the team played Ohio State in an exhibition, where the Buckeyes scored the lone goal of the game in the first half, en route to a 1-0 win over the Hoosiers.  

IU will now prepare to put all those pieces together in its season-opener against Wake Forest in the Hoosier Challenge Cup on Aug. 17 at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

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Women's Soccer Set to Open 2018 Season

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana Women's Soccer officially kicks off the 2018 season Friday by hosting Wake Forest at 7:30 p.m. Since the program started in 1993, Indiana is 15-7-3 all-time in regular season openers.
The game is part of the annual Hoosier Challenge Cup tournament, which also includes Miami (Ohio) and Northwestern. Indiana will face off against Miami Sunday at 3 p.m.  Admission to all Indiana Women's Soccer home games is free of charge. Both games will be streamed live on BTN Plus.
Full Hoosier Challenge Cup Schedule:
4:30 p.m. - Miami vs. Northwestern
7:30 p.m. - (RV) Wake Forest at Indiana
12:30 p.m. - Northwestern vs. (RV) Wake Forest
3 p.m. - Miami at Indiana
Friday's opener against Wake Forest will mark the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
The Demon Deacons, who received 34 votes in the United Soccer Coaches Preseason Rankings, are coming off a 11-6-5 mark and a 5-3-2 ACC record on their way to a Second Round appearance in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Wake Forest was picked to finish eighth in the Preseason ACC Coaches Poll. The Demon Deacons return four of their top five scorers from a season ago, led by senior Bayley Feist, who netted eight goals and added a pair of assists in 2017. In goal, Wake Forest saw the graduation of Lindsay Preston, who was a 2017 All-ACC Second Team pick and finished second in program history in career saves (238) and starts (64).
During the offseason, Indiana added former Wake Forest midfielder/defender Claudia Day. Day joined the Hoosiers as a graduate transfer and has one year of eligibility remaining. With the Demon Deacons, Day played in 54 games, scoring one goal and adding a pair of assists.
Indiana will wrap up the Hoosier Challenge Cup by playing host to Miami on Sunday. IU leads the all-time series, 2-0, with the last meeting coming in 2003.
Last season, Miami finished the year 2-15-1. The RedHawks, who were picked to finish 12th in the Preseason MAC Poll, tout a youthful roster, which includes 13 freshmen. Miami returns five starters, led by junior Olivia Winnett, who led the RedHawks in scoring last season with five total points - including a pair of goals. Starting goalkeeper Patricia Koutoulas returns after playing every minute last season, earning a 1.56 goals against average with 91 saves.
The 2018 schedule features six games against 2017 NCAA Tournament participants and seven that finished in the top 50 of the final RPI of the year. Eight of this year's opponents were ranked or received votes in the United Soccer Coaches Preseason Rankings.
The non-conference portion of the slate includes eight games, with three opponents advancing to the tournament last year and three finishing in the RPI Top 45.
Big Ten play for Indiana opens Sept. 13 against Michigan. Other home conference battles include Michigan State, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Penn State. The Hoosiers will face Nebraska, Iowa, Purdue, Northwestern, Illinois and Maryland on the road.
Friday's opener includes a Indiana rally towel giveaway. On Sunday, fans are invited to bring their four-legged friends to Bill Armstrong Stadium for Pups at the Pitch. Fans will receive a free pop-up Indiana water bowl for their dogs and the Monroe County Humane Association will be in attendance.
Indiana has 19 returners from last season, including nine starters. Redshirt senior Mykayla Brown, senior Maya Piper and junior Chandra Davidsonhighlight that group of starters as the trio were named to the Big Ten Preseason Honors List. Brown, a two-time Preseason Honors List member, is the active team leader in goals scored with 12. Piper led the Hoosiers in scoring last season with seven goals, while also adding a pair of assists. Davidson was close behind with six goals in 2017 - three of which were gamewinners.
The 2018 Hoosiers feature a large senior class with eight donning Cream and Crimson for their final season. Along with Brown and Piper, Abby Allen, Caroline Dreher, Annelie Leitner, Justine Lynn join newcomers Alex Reibel and Claudia Day to represent the senior class.
IU will also see the return of junior Allison Jorden, who missed most of 2017 with an injury. Fellow junior Meghan Scott was key to Indiana's backline success last season while also netting a pair of goals and adding two assists. Sophomore Hanna Nemeth is also a key returner to the IU defense as she played every minute of the 2017 season.
Sophomore goalkeeper Bethany Kopel also played every minute of the 2017 season. Kopel finished the year with 96 saves, the third-most in the Big Ten and the second-most ever for an Indiana freshman. Kopel earned five shutouts in 2017 and earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors on Oct. 17.
The Hoosiers have six newcomers this season - Day and freshmen Caitlin Arbuckle, Madeline Carlson, Maddie Essick, Natalie Lunt and Sarah Wampler.
Assistant coaches Sandy Davison and Daniel Brizard were both added to the staff during the offseason. Davison joined the Hoosiers in March after four highly successful seasons at Washington State. During her time with the Cougars, Davison helped lead the team to a 42-28-10 overall record and three NCAA Tournament appearances. Last season, Washington State advanced to the Sweet Sixteen and finished the year ranked No. 19 in the United Soccer Coaches Poll with a 10-8-4 mark. Davison has also previously coached at Louisville, Cincinnati and UNC Greensboro.
Davison has an extensive background in the youth soccer arena, having been involved with numerous clubs, as well as U.S. Youth Soccer National Teams and the Olympic Development Program.
Brizard, a 20-year college coaching veteran, joined the IU staff in June after spending last season as a volunteer coach at LSU. His time with the Tigers marked the second stop in Baton Rouge as he served as an assistant with LSU from 2005-10. Brizard served as an assistant at Rhode Island for three years after a head coaching stint at Tennessee Tech. Prior to that, Brizard also coached at Florida International, University of South Alabama and University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Brizard has also been active in the Olympic Development Program since 1994, including serving as the goalkeeping director for Rhode Island ODP from 2015-17 and as Region I coach from 2014-17. Prior to that, he was a head coach for the Tennessee ODP from 2010-13 and the goalkeeper coach for Region II (2009-10) and Region II (2001-08).

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana Women's Soccer (4-1-2) opens up Big Ten action this week as the Hoosiers play host to Michigan (4-3-0) and Michigan State (5-1-1). Thursday's Big Ten opener will be broadcast live on Big Ten Network at 6 p.m.  Lisa Byington and Glenn Crooks will be on the call for BTN. Sunday's game against the Spartans will be streamed on BTN Plus.
Admission to all Indiana Women's Soccer home games is free of charge.
• Thursday's game against Michigan is dubbed "Thursday Night Futbol" as IUWS celebrates International Night. IU features six players from countries outside the United States - Austrian Annelie Leitner, Hungarian Hanna Nemeth and Canadians Chandra Davidson, Meghan Scott, Melanie Forbes and Caitlin Arbuckle. In addition, at halftime there will be a special recognition for Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night where the Hoosiers will recognize members nominated by the team.
• Sunday's game will be Pride Day and Indiana Pride bracelets will be given out to the first 250 fans.
• Under first year head coach Jennifer Klein, Michigan is off a 4-3-0 start. Most recently, the Wolverines defeated Central Michigan last Friday, 6-1. Michigan's offense is averaging 2.29 goals per game and has been led by six goals from Nicki Hernandez, who has added four assists for 16 total points, leading the Big Ten. Sarah Stratigakis has added four goals, while Reilly Martin has three. In goal, Izzy Nino has a 2.03 goals against average with 12 saves.
• Michigan leads the all-time series with IU, 17-4-3. Last season, Chandra Davidson netted a goal but ultimately the Wolverines came away with a 2-1 win in Ann Arbor.
• The Spartans suffered their first loss of the season on Sunday, falling to No. 23 Colorado. However, Michigan State has nearly matched its six-win total from last season with a 5-1-1 mark. Sadie Misiewicz and Camryn Evans each have four goals, combining for 8 of 12 Spartans goals this season. The MSU defense has been impressive, earning five shutouts this season. Reilly Ott has a 0.55 goals against average with 33 saves. The Spartans will travel to Purdue Thursday before heading to Bloomington. Head coach Tom Saxton is in his 28th season at the helm of the program.
• Indiana leads the all-time series against Michigan State, 16-7-2. Last season, Davidson netted the gamewinner for the Hoosiers in the 18th minute as IU defeated MSU in East Lansing, 1-0.
• The Hoosiers closed out non-conference action over the weekend, defeating Kentucky, 5-1, before drawing with Kansas State, 0-0.
• Indiana saw five different Hoosiers find the back of the net against Kentucky on Friday. The five goals was the most in an IU game since the 2013 season.
• Sunday marked the first time this season the Hoosiers have been shut out and broke Indiana's streak of multi-goal games. At seven games, it is the latest in a season IU has been shut out for the first time since 2011.
• Thursday will mark the first Big Ten opener to be played at home for the Hoosiers since 2015.
• For the season, nine Hoosiers have scored at least one goal and 14 have registered at least one point.
 Abby Allen is leading the Hoosiers in scoring this season with five goals. She is second in the conference in goals and points (14). In addition, she is tied for first in shots (27). Nationally, her 2.00 points per game average is tied for 16th.
• Leitner is close behind Allen with four goals on the season and she saw her three-game scoring streak broken against Kansas State. Three of Leitner's goal have been gamewinners, most in the Big Ten and tied for fifth most in the country. Leitner earned Big Ten Offensive on Sept. 4 after scoring a pair of gamewinners for the Hoosiers against Pepperdine and LMU. It was the first conference offensive weekly award since 2013.
• Indiana's offense has been hot to start the year, totaling 16 goals, the most through the first seven games of the season since the 2013 campaign.
• On the other end, sophomore goalkeeper Bethany Kopel has been impressive between the pipes as she leads the Big Ten with 37 saves.
• Eight Hoosiers have seen their first career games in an Indiana uniform this season - graduate transfer Claudia Day, sophomores Maddie West, Nicolette Kapsalis, Camryn Carty and Ana Garibaldi and freshmen Maddie Essick, Madeline Carlson and Caitlin Arbuckle.
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IUWS opened its B1G season with a 3-2 win in the 2nd OT against Michigan.

Women opened the B1G season at home against Michigan and gave up 2 first half goals and trailed 2-0 at the half.   The first Michigan goal coming just 27 seconds into the game.  Score stayed at 2-0 until 85'24" when Abby Allen scored on assists from Melanie Forbes and Caroline Dreher.  Then at 87'42" the women tied it up on a goal from Claudia Day on an assist from Caroline Dreher off a corner kick and we went to OT tied at 2, followed by a second OT.    At 107'09 they win it on a goal from Chandra Davidson.  Great way to start the B1G season.

Women are at home again on Sunday afternoon hosting Michigan State at 1:00 ET.

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45 minutes ago, mamasa said:

What a nail biter! I was following by stats- thought it was over late in 2nd!

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It was on regular BTN, I just happened to flip onto the game with 20 minutes left.

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