Sept. 28, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Behind Kristin Arnold's hat trick, which included the game-tying and game-winning goals, the Indiana women's soccer team came from behind to defeat Northwestern 4-3 on Friday, Sept. 28. The Hoosiers extended their winning streak to six games and advanced to 7-1-1 and 1-0 in Big Ten play.
In the game's 86th minute, Lindsay McCarthy played a through ball into the box on Arnold's left, and Arnold recorded the hat trick by beating Northwestern goalkeeper Lauren Johnston with a low shot that just cleared Johnston's diving save attempt. Arnold's hat trick was the first since Sept. 30, 2004, when McCarthy recorded a hat trick against Oakland.
The Hoosiers jumped out to an early lead on Arnold's first goal of the game and second of the season in the game's 11th minute. Arnold beat Johnston after Chloe McKay made a nice pass into the box for the assist. Indiana stayed aggressive and extended the lead to two just under five minutes later on a header by McCarthy off of a McKay corner kick for the senior's first goal of the season. The Hoosiers preserved that lead to enter the half up by a score of 2-0.
Northwestern started their comeback quickly in the second half. Kelsey Hans scored her fifth goal on the year on a header off of a Jenny Dunn corner kick in the 56th minute. NU followed the score with a goal by Shannon Schneeman in the 70th minute to tie the score at 2-2. The goal was scored on a strong kick from just outside the box and was assisted by Laura Janowitsch.
It took only three minutes for the Wildcats to break the tie, as Hans stole an errant pass and broke away from the defense. She then put the ball into the right corner of the goal for her second goal of the evening and her sixth of the season.
Down 3-2, IU stormed right back as Arnold scored just 48 seconds later to tie the game. Off a pass from Katy Stewart, Arnold let loose a blast from outside the box to beat Johnston to the far side.
The victory was IU's fifth come-from-behind victory this season and its sixth straight multi-goal game. The Hoosiers scored more than one goal just twice in 2007.
The Hoosiers are back in action this Sunday at 2 p.m. when they host Wisconsin. The Badgers opened Big Ten play with a 4-0 loss at Purdue on Friday.