Local Sports Headlines: September 19, 2023

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Indiana University Men’s Soccer battles in state rival Butler
Sandwiched between Big Ten Conference matches, Indiana men’s soccer (2-2-2, 0-0-1 B1G) will welcome Butler (1-3-1, 1-0-0 BIG EAST) in an Indiana derby Tonight on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Fans can stream the match on the Big Ten Plus digital platform, with kickoff set for 7:30pm. Tonight is International Night at The Bill as IU men’s soccer, and the Indiana University Office of International Services are teaming up to welcome all international students to IU. Students are welcome to join a pregame tailgate with free pizza and prizes available. The first 250 students in attendance will also receive a Hoosier Army t-shirt, presented by the Student Athletic Board.

Indiana is 107-14-8 (.863) all-time against opponents from The Hoosier State. IU has not lost to a team from the state of Indiana since 2019 – a 2-1 loss to Butler. Since then, the Hoosiers are 7-0-2 in these derbies, outscoring opponents 23-5. Defensively, the Hoosiers have conceded three goals in six matches, 0.50 goals against average that ranks No. 6 nationally. Indiana has not allowed multiple goals in any match.­­ Offensively, Indiana has created chances, ranking No. 15 in the country in shots per game (16.0). However, that production has not yet yielded similar scoring – Indiana has scored four goals so far. Butler is 1-3-1 and coming off a 2-1 win at Villanova in its BIG EAST opener.   The Bulldogs are led by 13th-year head coach Paul Snape, who has compiled a 103-88-35 record at Butler. Butler has scored all four of its goals this season from sophomore forward Palmer Ault, who bagged a brace in the win at Villanova.

Indiana and Butler have met in 23 of the last 24 seasons and 25 of 27 going back to their first-ever matchup in 1991. The last year they didn’t play was the abbreviated 2020-21 season, in which IU played a conference-only regular season. Last season, Indiana traveled to Indianapolis and came back from a 1-0 deficit to win 2-1. Jansen Miller’s first collegiate goal tied the match in the 53rd minute before Ryan Wittenbrink fired home the winner six minutes later. The two teams have met four times in the NCAA Tournament, with Indiana winning the last three. In 1998, IU beat Butler, 2-1, in overtime in regional final play on its way to its fourth national title. Three current Hoosiers have earned points against the Bulldogs. Miller and Joey Maher each have scored against Butler, and Patrick McDonald was awarded the assist to Miller’s goal last season.

Paige Webber Gets the Game Winner for Indiana University Women’s Soccer over Rutgers
Indiana University Women’s Soccer opened the Big Ten Regular Season with a 3-2 win over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights Sunday afternoon on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium. The Hoosiers are 7-0-2 on the season and 1-0-0 in the Big Ten.  “Great win, three points against a very good Rutgers team and I am happy for our players” Indiana Head Coach Erwin van Bennekom said after the game.  Indiana is 2-7-1 all-time against the Scarlet Knights. The Hoosiers beat the Scarlet Knights February 25, 2021, 1-0 in overtime in Bloomington and the Hoosiers and Rutgers tied 2-2 in 2 overtimes on October 9, 2016, in Bloomington. Indiana breaks a two-game losing streak and more importantly the Hoosiers get a big win open conference play. “It felt like a championship game and Rutgers is an historically great program”. Paige Webber said after the match”. “To beat them at home feels great and gives up a lot of confidence for the rest of the Big Ten season.”  

Webber scored two goals including the game winner at the 84:16 mark. Webber was able to get behind the defense and Rutgers goalkeeper Olivia Bodmer came off her line and Webber made one move around her and was able to find a wide-open net hitting to the bottom center off her left foot with the assist to Piper Coffield. Webber’s first goal came at the 4:34 mark when Indiana Goalkeeper Jamie Gerstenberg sent a goal kick down the field that came right to Webber and Bodmer off her line. Webber was able to flick over Bodmer’s head with her right foot and put into the top right of the goal. Webber has 11 goals on the season in six different games and her third multi goal game of the season. Indiana scored 54 seconds into the match when Anna Bennett got her second goal of the season with assist going to Webber for her second of the season.  Bennett went bottom left corner off her right foot.

Rutgers scored twice to tie the game. Gia Girman scored her third goal of the season at the 37:25 mark going to the bottom left of goal off her right foot with the assist to Olivia Roussomano and Giana Romano. Rutgers got its second goal at the 51:25 mark when Indiana Goalkeeper Jamie Gerstenberg came off her line and miss judge a ball and left Gia Vacari a wide-open goal and she struck it bottom left to tie the game.

Gerstenberg got her 100th career save for the Hoosiers at the 4:11 mark on a shot by Riley Tiernan. The Junior from Germany made 5 saves between the pipes for the Hoosiers. Coming into the match she had given up 3 goals and has made 15 saves with 5 shutouts and a combined shutout. Gerstenberg gets her 17 win and that ties her with Linsday Campbell who played from 2008-11 for seventh place on the all-time Goalkeeper wins list at IU. 

Indiana outshot Rutgers 13-11 as Rutgers had seven shots on goal to five for Indiana. Bodner made 2 saves for the Scarlet Knights. Indiana committed eight fouls to five for Rutgers. Rutgers had six corner kicks for two for Indiana and the Hoosiers were called offsides three times. Indiana picked up two yellow cards in the second half. Hope Parades at the 68:27 mark and Sydney Masur at the 71:34 mark for unsporting along with Rutgers Allison Lynch at 21:38 mark. Rutgers is 4-3-2 on the season and will host Penn State on Thursday.

Indiana University Volleyball’s Camryn Haworth named the Big Ten Setter of the Week
For the second time in her career, Indiana Junior Setter Camryn Haworth was named the league’s setter of the week, as announced by the Big Ten office on Monday afternoon. The Fishers, Ind. was crucial in a weekend sweep and four victories at the 305 Challenge in South Florida including a 51-assist effort at Miami (FL). Across the four contests, Haworth tallied 144 assists, 32 digs, 15 aces, 12 blocks and 10 kills. Among her assists on the weekend was a back set to senior outside hitter Morgan Geddes which marked the 2,000th assist of her IU career, making her the 11th player in program history to accomplish the feat. 

She had a double-double in the win over Jacksonville (33 assists, 11 digs) and helped lead IU’s offensive to a collective .278 hitting percentage on the weekend. She served 86 times in four games, recording 15 aces to just six errors. On the season, Haworth has 423 assists, 96 digs and 33 aces. Her 33 service aces lead both the Big Ten and the NCAA. She has moved into the top-10 in program history (No. 8) in aces (124) and is just seven away from breaking the program’s rally-era record. She paces an IU team that is top-10 in the nation in total aces. The Hoosiers have 98 aces on the season including 37 across four matches in Miami.

No other player in program history has won the Big Ten Setter of the Week honor since the league instituted the award in the 2012 season. She is the first IU player to win a weekly award from the conference in back-to-back seasons since Ashley Benson (Defensive, 2009-10). The Hoosiers won 10 games in the non-conference portion of the schedule for the first time since 2019 and have recorded 10+ wins along with a win over a Power Five opponent for just the fourth time since 2000. Haworth and IU begin the 20-game Big Ten gauntlet on Wednesday evening with a matchup against Illinois inside Wilkinson Hall. The game will be broadcasted nationally on the Big Ten Network at 8pm.

Indiana University Women’s Basketball to host Seventh Annual Candy Stripe Crew Event on October 8th
Indiana Women’s Basketball will host the 7th annual Candy Stripe Crew basketball clinic on Sunday, October 8 from 2:45-4:15 p.m. ET at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. The clinic is open to children and adults with developmental disabilities hosted by IU’s staff and players. To register, fill out the camp forms by clicking here and return to Director of Operations Liz Honegger via email or dropping them off at Cook Hall (1001 E. 17th St.). Any additional questions should be directed to Honegger via email or phone at 812-855-3954. Space is limited to 50 participants. Check-in for the event will be from 2:30-2:45 p.m. on Oct. 8 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall’s south lobby. Caregivers and guardians are also encouraged and welcomed to attend.

Indianapolis Colts win on the Road against the Houston Texans
Anthony Richardson and C.J. Stroud’s first NFL matchup didn’t necessarily live up to the exciting billing it had received prior to kick off on Sunday though the Indianapolis Colts did pick up a 31-20 win over the Houston Texans on the road. Richardson threw just 10 passes before he exited the game during the first half with a concussion. Richardson was taken to a medical tent and the Colts’ locker room before he was ruled out for the remainder of the game by team officials. The University of Florida product went 6-of-10 for 56 yards passing. He was most effective with his legs, running the ball three times for 35 yards and two touchdowns. Richardson was replaced by backup Gardner Minshew, who finished the game with 171 yards and one touchdown on 19-of-23 passing. Before the season began, Minshew and Richardson were both competing for the starting job. Colts head coach Shane Steichen dubbed Richardson the team’s starting quarterback on Aug. 15. Richardson’s status for future games is unknown. In any case, the 21-year-old will have to clear the NFL’s concussion protocol before he returns to the field.

Stroud, who was selected two spots ahead of Richardson in the 2023 NFL Draft at No. 2 overall, finished Sunday’s game 30-of-47 for 384 yards and two touchdowns. Stroud also fumbled twice and lost one of them. The Colts are now 1-1 on the season, firmly ahead of the 0-2 Texans. The Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars lost to the Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs, respectively, on Sunday. The Colts are now part of a three-way tie for first in the AFC South with the Jaguars and Titans. The Colts will travel to Baltimore next week for a matchup with the Ravens. Baltimore is 2-0 on the season following its win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

Evansville Otters fall short in Game 5 of the Frontier League Championship Series
The Evansville Otters fell 12-3 to the Quebec Capitales in the winner-take-all game five of the Frontier League Championship on Sunday evening at Bosse Field.  Quebec wins the Frontier League championship for a second straight season. Evansville’s quest for a third championship will continue in 2023. Evansville won it all in 2006 and 2016 and won Games 3 and 4 over the weekend to force a deciding Game 5.

The Capitales scored six runs in the first three innings to take an insurmountable lead. Quebec started the game with two walks and an RBI single to chip across the first run. The Capitales hit two homers in the second inning and a bases-loaded double scored a pair of runs in the third for a 6-0 Quebec lead. The Otters started a brief comeback charge in the fourth. Jeffrey Baez and Gary Mattis notched base hits to start the inning. Jomar Reyes blasted a double off the wall in right to score two runs. Evansville trimmed the deficit to 6-3 with a final run in the fifth. George Callil reached on an error and scored on a Josh Allen sacrifice fly. The Capitales blew the game open in the sixth, scoring four runs. A double, three singles and a walk generated the big inning. Quebec added three more runs in the seventh frame with three straight two-out singles.

The Otters used five different pitchers in the ballgame. Parker Brahms suffered the loss. Leoni De La Cruz tossed 2.2 innings to finish the game with three strikeouts. Abdiel Saldana earned the win for Quebec with eight strikeouts in his five inning start. Baez led the Otters with two hits. Mattis finished the championship series with a team-best seven hits and six runs. The Otters reached the Frontier League Championship series for the seventh time in franchise history. Evansville finished with at least 50 wins this year for the seventh straight season. 

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