Second Half Surge Leads Hoosiers to Victory
Sept. 23, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's soccer team rode four second-half goals to a 4-0 victory over Evansville on Sunday, stretching its win streak to five games with the win. Christie Kotynski scored two goals and added an assist for the offense, while Lauren Hollandsworth made two saves to post her second career shutout in the win. The Hoosiers moved to 6-1-1 on the season and are unbeaten in their last seven contests.
"I think in the first half it was a different game," head coach Mick Lyon said. "We talked at halftime about playing more with our brain, and I think we did a good job of that in the second half. It was a complete team effort and it should give us a lot of momentum heading into Big Ten play."
After holding a significant edge in play during the first half but being unable to crack the scoreboard, IU came out blazing in the second half. Under three minutes into the frame, the Hoosiers took the lead on Kotynski's fourth goal of the season. After IU played the ball in on a corner, Kristin Arnold took the ball on the left side and sent it into the box, where Kotynski leapt and kicked the ball into the back of the net from point-blank range to make it 1-0 at 47:36.
The Hoosiers extended their lead to 2-0 in the 65th minute, with Liz Holby netting her second goal of the year. On the play, Kotynski flicked the ball ahead to Leigh Anne Cummings, who added a head flick of her own to send Holby one-on-one with the keeper. Holby buried the ball with a swift kick to the far side at 64:33.
Kotynski netted her second goal of the contest on a similar play to her first goal. After a corner, Chloe McKay got the ball on the far side from 25 yards and bent a ball deep into the box. Kotynski, charging the back post, redirected the ball to the left side for her second goal of the game and fifth of the year. It marked the first multi-goal game of Kotynski's career. The sophomore leads IU with five goals, four assists and 14 points.
In the closing minutes, Evansville native Ashley Seib notched her first career goal against her hometown team. Senior Kate Nierman played a ball past the defense into the right corner to Natalie O'Bryan. O'Bryan sent a cross into the box and Seib backpedaled then headed a ball inside the right post at 85:56 to give IU its final margin of victory. The four goals scored were the most since a 4-0 win over Texas Tech on Sept. 2, 2006.
The Hoosiers will open conference action next weekend, as they play host to Northwestern and Wisconsin. IU faces the Huskies on Friday night at 7 p.m. at Armstrong Stadium and will take on UW on Sunday at 2 p.m.
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