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 Coming off a successful fall season, the Indiana women's soccer team is back and looking ahead to a spring of training and competition. They have announced their spring schedule, which will consist of five matches.
 
The schedule starts on February 26 when they travel to Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana, to take on Butler.
 
On March 5, the Hoosiers will travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bearcats.
 
Indiana will host one of two matches at Bill Armstrong Stadium on March 27 against Tennessee. On April 10 the Hoosiers will host Butler.
 
The schedule will conclude on April 16 when they travel to Illinois.
 
In the 2021 season the Hoosiers posted a record of 9-5-4. They recorded their best overall record, most wins and highest RPI since 2013.
 
2022 Indiana Women's Soccer Spring Schedule
2/26/22 vs. Butler (Grand Park) 6:00 PM ET
3/5/22 at Cincinnati 5:30 PM ET
3/27/22 vs. Tennessee 12:00 PM ET
4/10/22 vs. Butler 1:00 PM ET
4/16/22 at Illinois 4:00 PM ET

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Tommy Berry Named Women’s Soccer Director of Operations

 IU head coach Erwin van Bennekom has announced the addition of Tommy Berry as the Director of Operations.  Berry played collegiate soccer at Indiana and has strong connections in the Bloomington community as the Director of Coaching and Player Development for the Cutters Soccer Club.
 
"We are thrilled to welcome Tommy to the Indiana women's soccer program," van Bennekom said.  "Tommy has deep soccer roots in Bloomington and as a former player for the cream and crimson he has deep pride for IU and a strong passion for the game. Tommy has a wealth of soccer experience as well as excellent management and organizational skills and will be an asset to our program in multiple aspects."
 
Since 2005 Berry has served in the role of Director of Coaching and Player Development for the Cutters Soccer Club. In his role he hired, developed and maintained a coaching staff of 20-25 coaches to work with youth travel soccer players. He also implemented a training curriculum and created yearly training and competition schedules.
 
"Soccer has been a huge part of my life as a player, coach and administrator," Berry said.  "Joining my alma mater as the Director of Operations for IU women's soccer is an exciting next step in that journey. I look forward to joining Erwin and his staff and do my best to make positive contributions to their great environment."

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 IU head coach Erwin van Bennekom has strengthened the Hoosiers roster with the addition of transfer midfielder Yoshiki Kitadai.  
 
Kitadai, a native of Kochi, Japan played two seasons at Iowa Western and will have two years of eligibility remaining with Indiana.  
 
In her freshman season Kitadai led the Reivers with nine goals and three assists for a total of 21 points. This past season she started 18 games and scored five goals with two assists.
 
"We are very excited for Yoshiki to join our program," van Bennekom said. "We feel that her way of playing fits very well with our system and what we are trying to do. We can't wait to get her here and integrate her with our returning players."

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 The Indiana women's soccer team will open the program's 30th season with a clash against West Virginia on Aug. 18 in Morgantown. First kick between the Hoosiers and Mountaineers is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.
 
The match will be streamed on the Big 12 Now on ESPN+ with Andrew Caridi (PxP) and Adam Zundell (Analyst) on the call. 

Live Stats
 
ABOUT THE MOUNTAINEERS
• The West Virginia Mountaineers, led by veteran head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown, finished the 2021 season with a record of 10-5-5 (3-3-3 Big 12). The program was left out of the NCAA Tournament field for the first time in 21 seasons, a run that marked the fourth-longest active tournament streak in the NCAA at the time.
• Sophomore forward Dilary Heredia-Beltran returns for her second season after being named to the Big 12 All-Freshman Team. She is one of three returners to record nine points last season (3 goals, 3 assists) and led the team in both shots (45) and shots on goal (25).
• Senior forward Julianne Vallerand has scored 12 career goals in her first three seasons in Morgantown.
• Senior goalkeeper Kayza Massey played in and started all 20 games last season for the Mountaineers in goal. She conceded 12 goals (0.58 goals against average) while making 52 saves (8.813 save percentage). Massey allowed one or fewer goals in 17-of-20 starts and was named All-Big 12 Second Team.
 
SERIES HISTORY
• Indiana and West Virginia have never met on the pitch. The Mountaineers are the only opponent on the schedule that the Hoosiers have not previously played.
• The Hoosiers are unbeaten in six previous matches against current teams from the Big XII Conference with a record of 4-0-2. Indiana last played a member of the Big 12 in a 3-0 result at Kansas State on Sept. 12, 2021.
• IU has also prevailed against Baylor (1-0 on Aug. 30, 2015), Iowa State (1-0 on Sept. 4, 2005) and Texas Tech (4-0 on Sept. 2, 2006).
• Under head coach Erwin van Bennekom, the Hoosiers have a record of 1-2-0 in season debuts, including a 1-0 victory over Valparaiso to begin the 2021 season. Indiana has posted an overall record of 17-9-3 in season openers.
 
#IUWS PRESEASON AWARDS
• The Hoosiers had three players named to the 2022 Big Ten Women's Soccer Players to Watch List with sophomore keeper Jamie Gerstenberg, sophomore forward Jordyn Levy and freshman defender Arianna Rose among the 42 players recognized by the conference's coaches.
• Gerstenberg, a member of the 2021 Big Ten All-Freshman Team, tied the Indiana program record with nine shutouts in her rookie campaign. She posted a 9-3-4 record across 1,456 minutes in 16 starts. The Birkenwerder, Germany, native recorded 36 saves in 44 chances (0.818 save percentage) and allowed just 0.49 goals per game.
• Levy tied for second on the team in goals scored (4) in '21, tied for fourth in assists (2) and third in total points (10) among Hoosier attackers. Three of her four goals were game-winning tallies, the highest mark on the team.
• Rose joined the IU women's soccer program after spending three seasons with the Canadian youth program. She hails from Brampton, Ontario, Canada and competed for Ontario's National Development Center.
 
RANKED OPPONENTS
• Indiana is slated to play seven teams that are ranked or receiving votes in the preseason United Soccer Coaches rankings, highlighted by a couple of top-10 Big Ten opponents in No. 6 Rutgers and No. 9 Michigan.
• Penn State (No. 14), Purdue (RV) and Wisconsin (RV) round out the five conference opponents the Hoosiers will face on the pitch that are receiving votes in the season-opening poll.
• In the non-conference slate, Indiana will host No. 16 Notre Dame and No. 22 Memphis at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
• Since rankings were tracked during the 2001 season, Indiana has not played more than five ranked opponents in a single season. The Hoosiers took on five ranked foes in 2007, 2009 and 2015.
• The Hoosiers last toppled a ranked opponent on Sept. 8, 2017 with a 1-0 triumph over No. 23 SMU in Dallas, but did earn a result after a 0-0 draw against No. 7 Michigan on Oct. 3, 2021.

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The Indiana women's soccer team (0-0-1) will continue the program's 30th season with a matchup against Virginia Tech (1-0-0) on Aug. 21 at Thompson Field in Blacksburg. First kick between the Hoosiers and Hokies is slated for noon ET.
 
The match will be streamed on ACCNX with Bailey Angle (PxP) and Josh Braun (Analyst) on the call. Live stats of the match can be tracked on IUHoosiers.com.
 
ABOUT THE HOKIES
• The Virginia Tech Hokies, led by head coach Charles "Chugger" Adair, came from behind for a thrilling 4-3 result on the road against William and Mary in the season opener on Thursday evening. Va Tech trailed 3-2 with seven minutes remaining in the match before scoring back-to-back goals in the 83rd and 84th minutes to secure the win.
• Junior forward Tori Powell netted a brace for the Hokies in the win on a team-high seven shots, including three on goal. In total, Va Tech attempted 24 shots with 12 coming on frame. Powell added an assist in the season-opening win.
• Freshman midfielder Taylor Price and sophomore midfielder Emma Pelkowski each secured a tally, while freshman midfielder Natalie Mitchell paced the team with a pair of assists. Pelkowski's goal proved to be the winner on Thursday night.
• Junior goalkeeper Alia Skinner made the start but was lifted 35 minutes into the match after conceding all three William and Mary goals. Sophomore Lauren Hargrove came in and made two saves in 55 minutes of clean work in net. The appearance from Hargrove was the third of her career. She has not allowed a goal in 84 career minutes in frame.
 
SERIES HISTORY
• Virginia Tech holds a 2-1-0 series advantage over Indiana in the brief three-game history between the two sides. The Hokies have won each of the last two matches after the Hoosiers took game one of the series. IU's victory (2-1) came on Sept. 30, 1994, while Va. Tech emerged with wins in Bloomington (2-1) on Aug. 21, 2015 and in Blacksburg (3-0) on Sept. 9, 2016.
• Indiana has secured four victories against current members of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) programs with wins coming against Louisville (2), Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech.
• IU last pulled off a road triumph against a team currently in the ACC with a 2-1 result at Louisville on Oct. 31, 1997. Indiana earned a result at Notre Dame in a 0-0 draw during the 2021 season.
 
LAST TIME OUT
• Indiana played to a scoreless draw at West Virginia in the first ever meeting between the two sides at the Purdue Person Dlesk Soccer Stadium on Aug. 19.
Sophomore keeper Jamie Gerstenberg compiled four saves across the 90-minute shutout of the Mountaineers. The cleansheet was the 10th of her career, ranking seventh on the all-time program career list. Indiana has surrendered one or fewer goals in 16-of-17 starts made by Gerstenberg.
• The match marked the first career starts for freshman Jaelyn Pallas, freshman Arianna Rose, freshman Izzy Smith and sophomore Zoe Tiger.
• Along with Pallas, Rose and Smith, freshman Natasha Kim, freshman Olivia Rush, freshman Sarah Sirdah and freshman Abbey Iler made their collegiate debuts in the match. Indiana played seven true freshmen in the match.
 
RANKED OPPONENTS
• Indiana is slated to play seven teams that are ranked or receiving votes in the preseason United Soccer Coaches rankings, highlighted by a couple of top-10 Big Ten opponents in No. 6 Rutgers and No. 9 Michigan.
• Penn State (No. 14), Purdue (RV) and Wisconsin (RV) round out the five conference opponents the Hoosiers will face on the pitch that are receiving votes in the season-opening poll.
• In the non-conference slate, Indiana will host No. 16 Notre Dame and No. 22 Memphis at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
• Since rankings were tracked during the 2001 season, Indiana has not played more than five ranked opponents in a single season. The Hoosiers took on five ranked foes in 2007, 2009 and 2015.
• The Hoosiers last toppled a ranked opponent on Sept. 8, 2017 with a 1-0 triumph over No. 23 SMU in Dallas, but did earn a result after a 0-0 draw against No. 7 Michigan on Oct. 3, 2021.

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This today from Zach Osterman on why tonight's match will be played on the practice field.

Some folks have asked about concerns over the playing surface at Armstrong Stadium. Am told it's down to some uneven grass growth that's left a few spots too bare for comfort. IU dealing with it this week, expected to be match-ready next week.

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Halftime and neither team has scored.  We've taken 4 total shots but none were on goal.  BSU with just a single shot.  Hoosiers with 3 corners; BSU with 2.  We've got to find some offensive firepower sooner rather than later as we've now played 225 minutes this season and have yet to score a single goal.

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