JAGUARS TO TREK TO BALL STATE FOR LONE 2014 EXHIBITION
August 16, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
IUPUI SOCCER RELEASE
MUNCIE, Ind. - The IUPUI women's soccer team will make the short drive north up I-69 to face Ball State on Saturday (Aug. 16) for the Jaguars' lone exhibition to start the2014 season. Head Coach Chris Johnson's team played the Cardinals to a 1-1 draw on a rainy, dreary night at Carroll Stadium a season ago.
Johnson's team returns 15 letterwinner and nine starters from a year ago, including Offensive MVP Tori Minnich and Defensive MVP Maddie Riedford. In terms of offensive output, the Jaguars bring back 13 of the team's 15 goals from a season ago, with Minnich having scored a team-high four times in 2013. Junior forward Kalli Shepler-Tucker was second on the team with four assists while Taylor Heidorn, Catherine Raster, Grace Perkowitz and Alyssa Fox all had a pair of goals a season ago.
Defensively, Riedford and Lauren Kulaga will help anchor the group while sophomoreNicole Kulovitz is coming off a rookie season in which she posted a 0.76 goals against average and 3-1-1 record in eight appearances. The midfield is a blend of youth and experience as veterans, keyed by Heidorn, Perkowitz and solid senior Anna Rode. The midfield is bolstered by the return of Meghan Day, who missed each of the past two seasons due to injury. Additionally, Hayley Shelton has shown well in preseason training and will provide valuable minutes in the midfield.
"We're very excited about the addition of the 10 freshmen and the level of fitness and intensity the upperclassmen bring to practice everyday," Johnson said. "We're looking forward getting the chance to play somebody else and see what we can do against an opponent."
After going through nearly two weeks of preseason training, Johnson is anxious to see the team's depth and talent against an experience foe.
"We do want to get a lot of players some time tomorrow," Johnson said. "Our goal this year is to play quite a few more players than we've played the past couple years, along with trying to see what combinations are going to work best.
"At this point in time, we feel we're a very solid 16 or 17 deep in the roster that we can play that many kids and our level of play isn't going to drop off at all."
Including last year's draw, the Jaguars are 2-4-2 all-time in the regular season against BSU.
A full recap will be available on IUPUIJags.com following Saturday's match.