Musketeers Face Tough Road Test At Indiana Friday

Sophomore Mariah Whitaker is one of four Musketeers with one goal this season.
 
Sophomore Mariah Whitaker is one of four Musketeers with one goal this season.
 

Sept. 8, 2011

CINCINNATI -- The Xavier women's soccer team will have its work cut out for it as the Musketeers bring their three-game win streak into Bloomington, Ind. to face the Hoosiers of Indiana University Friday at 7:30. Live GameTracker and a link to a live video stream of tomorrow's game will be available on GoXavier.com.

XAVIER -- The Musketeers (3-2-0) are coming off of three straight home wins. What's more impressive than the Xavier wins has been the Musketeer defense anchored by reigning Atlantic 10 Co-rookie of the Week goalkeeper Katie Markesbery.

The XU freshman keeper currently ranks second in the A-10 in saves (42), save percentage (.933), and is tied for second in shutouts with two. Markesbery has also played every minute of every Xavier game this season totaling 450 minutes thus far.

The XU defense as a whole has been solid. The Musketeers have not allowed a goal from the field in over 336 minutes of play. In fact, the only goal that the Musketeers have surrendered in the past three games was a penalty kick goal in the 41st minute of the August 26 game against Miami (Ohio).

The Xavier offense has presented multiple threats to opposing defenses this season. Four Musketeers have each posted a goal this season. Senior Jessica Brooks earned the game-winner in the Musketeers' last outing while sophomores Mariah Whitaker and Ashton Green, and last week's Rookie of the Week Alyssa Tindal have each earned a goal.

Friday's matchup will be a homecoming of sorts for XU head coach Woody Sherwood who spent three seasons at IU. Under Sherwood's tutelage, the Indiana offense was very successful, scoring 85 goals while winning 31 matches. IU compiled a three-year record of 31-24-6 against a rugged schedule. Indiana finished 10-7-2 in Sherwood's third and final season at IU. Sherwood helped the Hoosiers to one of the finest seasons in school history in 2007 as IU finished 13-7-3 and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The Hoosiers scored 36 goals on a school-record 343 shots and had 11 multi-goal games, up from four such games during the 2006 season.

 

 

INDIANA -- The Hoosiers (3-2-1) are coming off a split of two games at the Notre Dame Invitational last weekend. IU handed Western Michigan a 4-1 drubbing September 2 and fell to the No. 10 Fighting Irish 4-1 September 4.

Orianica Velasquez and Lisa Nouanesengsy lead the Hoosiers in scoring with 4 goals each while Lindsay Campbell has 26 saves while starting all six of IU's games this season.

THE SERIES -- IU leads the series with a 6-3-0 record. The Hoosiers took home a 3-1 win over the Musketeers in their last meeting in 2005.

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