"Both Purdue and Indiana are going to be up for the task in playing a Big 12 school and representing their conference," Hornbacher said. "They are both going to be very solid teams and I expect them to come out and compete."
ISU opened the 2005 campaign with a 0-0 tie in double overtime at Mississippi State and suffered a 2-0 loss at Ole Miss last weekend. The Cyclones out shot the MSU 20-10 in their season opener, including a 6-2 total in the extra frames, but were unable to come up with the victory. Sophomore goalkeeper Joanna Haig recorded her third career shutout and sophomore forward Stephanie Kaphingst took a career-high seven shots in the tie. Senior forward Kristina Baumann led Iowa State at Ole Miss, taking three of ISU's five shots on goal.
Hornbacher praised the performance of some of her underclassmen, some of which saw their first action in a Cyclone uniform last weekend.
"Hannah Swanbom has really stepped up. She has really been solid this week in practice and we are really starting to see some positive things out of her. I also think that Amanda Purple has done a phenomenal job for us on defense. Meghan Smith and Leslie Hill have really come in and used their athletic ability off the bench to spark our team. I think that all our newcomers are definitely helping our team and everybody now has a role."
Purdue enters Friday's contest with a 1-1-0 record after falling to Cal-Poly, 1-0 and defeating DePaul, 4-0 last Sunday. The Boilermakers feature a balanced attack as a different player has scored all four of their goals this season.
Indiana enters this weekend's matches with a 0-1-1 record. The Hoosiers began the season with a 0-0 tie at Loyola Marymount before dropping a 6-0 decision at Southern California last weekend. Indiana was out shot 33-13 in those two games.
Indiana will travel to Columbia, Mo., to take on Missouri on Friday, while Purdue will head there on Sunday. Both games are part of the Big 12/Big Ten Challenge.