Aug. 29, 2007
With much of its core group returning, the Indiana women's soccer team has high hopes for another top-four Big Ten finish and a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2007. Indiana returns six starters, including a pair of second-team All-Big Ten selections from last season, as well as a strong senior class that includes a pair of returning starters. Seniors Lindsay McCarthy and Katy Stewart were selected as captains for the 2007 campaign and will lead a group of 14 newcomers during the upcoming season.
Stewart and sophomore Taylor Fallon are the favorites to garner the other two starting spots in the back four. Stewart played 19 games on the defensive side of the midfield, making a pair of starts, and will make the move to defense for 2007. Fallon played in 19 games as well, starting 10, and was named to the Top Drawer Soccer All-Freshman Team following the season.
In addition to the four returnees, a trio of newcomers will challenge for playing time at the back. Jessica Krichbaum, Taylor Miller and Susan Swepston will all be in the mix for the Hoosiers in 2007. Krichbaum was a four-year starter for Indiana's Penn High School, earning All-Conference selections in each season. Miller was named East Suburban Conference Player of the Year after helping Benet Academy in Illinois to a 2007 regional championship. Swepston joins the Hoosiers after playing left back for four years at Dublin Coffman High School, helping the team to an Ohio State Championship as a freshman and runner-up finishes as a sophomore and senior.
Three other returnees will be in the mix for a starting role in the middle, with senior Kate Nierman and sophomores Natalie O'Bryan and Kathryn Zachman all competing for a spot. O'Bryan played seven games for Indiana in 2007, showing significant improvement throughout the season. O'Bryan and Zachman both had strong spring campaigns, while Nierman brings a veteran presence to a young midfield squad.
One sophomore and three freshmen make up the remainder of the midfield, with Louisville transfer Nikki Bonacorsi the lone player of the four with college experience. Lyndee Collins was a first-team All-State selection in 2006 for Center Grove in Indianapolis. Chloe McKay joins the Hoosier squad after enjoying a standout career in Connecticut, earning four All-State selections and setting school and conference records with 109 goals and 89 assists in her career. Cameron Myers was named All-Sectional in 2006 for Illinois' Hinsdale Central, scoring six goals and five assists for the Red Devils.
Junior Ashley Seib is also in the mix for playing time after a strong spring campaign up front, while sophomore transfer Rachel Titus (Samford) will compete for a starting slot after scoring a pair of goals for the Bulldogs last season.
Five freshmen will also fight for both a starting spot and significant playing time. Leigh Anne Cummings joins the Hoosiers after being an impact player for both her club and high school teams in New York, while Aleah DeGeneres was an All-State selection for her Chatfield High School team in Colorado in 2006. Bloomington North standout Darby Hannon will have a short journey to her new location this fall, while Indianapolis speedsters Jocelyn Moses and Whitley Wynns have the athleticism and skill to be significant contributors for IU this season. Both Moses and Wynns were All-State selections in 2006 for North Central, while Wynns also earned All-State recognition in her other three seasons.