Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Other (Hoosier) Fall Sports

IU Football has had a couple of oh-so-close road wins. Not that I expected to the Hoosiers to win at Michigan and Northwestern, but what if they had? Instead of limping into a road match with #4 Iowa with a 4-4 record, they'd be 6-2 overall, 3-2 and tied for fourth place in the Big Ten, and looking for a bowl bid. Instead, with road games at Iowa and Penn State sandwiching a home game against Wisconsin, it seems like that Illinois win may well have been the high point of this season.

IU Men's Soccer has seemingly fallen apart, and is falling out of the rankings. Not that you can knock them for losing on the road against the #5 (Louisville) and #12 (Northwestern) teams in the country, but they got shut out 0-4 and 0-2. And that's after they dropped a game at home to Michigan State that they dominated but couldn't score in. To be fair, they've played a murderer's row of a schedule, at #1 Akron, hosting #2 Wake Forest, at #4 UCSB, at #5 Louisville, not to mention (#12) NU and #17 Butler. But the Hoosiers are now 7-7-1, which I believe is the worst record this late since 1993 and maybe even since 1985. And I honestly believed that coming off what was so close to being a Final Four season last year, the Hoosiers would be contending for a national championship. Coach Freitag's seat has got to be feeling hotter now, especially as one looks across the state border and sees Caleb Porter currently coaching the #1 team to a 15-0-0 record.

On the other hand, IU Women's soccer seems to be on the way up. These Hoosiers have a shiny new national ranking (#24) and 10-3-2 record, and is unbeaten at home. They are still only 7th in the Big Ten, tho. But still, go Hoosiers!


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