Women's Soccer Moves on to Round of 16
Nov. 18, 2007
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Indiana women's soccer team has advanced to the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history by advancing past Purdue in penalty kicks after a 0-0 tie. Lauren Hollandsworth earned a shutout for the Hoosiers with nine saves in regulation and a crucial stop of Jordyn Shaffer in penalty kicks. The Hoosiers won the battle of PKs, 4-3, with Kristin Arnold scoring the clinching goal on the final shot. Indiana will play host to Duke in the third round on Sunday, Nov. 25, at 2 p.m. at Armstrong Stadium.
The Hoosiers trailed 1-0 after the first round of penalty kicks and Shaffer stepped to the penalty stripe. The senior struck a ball hard to the right side, but Hollandsworth made a diving effort and knocked it away. Then the Hoosiers drew even at 1-1 after Kelly Lawrence converted her opportunity low to the right side. Susan Swepston and Christie Kotynski also made their attempts to counter Purdue tallies and leave the score knotted at 3-3 with one kick left for each team.
For the Boilers, Jessica Stellhorn stepped up and sent a shot just above the crossbar to leave it all in Arnold's hands. The Beavercreek, Ohio, native struck a right-footed shot high into the upper right corner to move Indiana on to the next round on head coach Mick Lyon's 44th birthday.
The Boilers had the lion's share of opportunities in the opening half, garnering a 10-3 shot advantage. But Hollandsworth was up to the task, making six saves, including two brilliant stops on strong Purdue efforts. In the 31st minute, leading scorer Loredana Riverso broke through the defense, when Hollandsworth came out and smothered the ball to stop the charge. Five minutes later, Felicia Schroeder ripped a ball toward the upper right corner, but Hollandsworth dived to her left and punched it high and wide to keep the game scoreless.
In the second half, Purdue still held the advantage in play, but the Indiana defense continuously turned aside corners for the Boilers. The Hoosiers then appeared poised to take their first lead in the 73rd minute, when Chloe McKay sent a long ball past the defense to a streaking Arnold. Arnold stayed just ahead of the defense and unleashed a shot toward the right corner, but Jenny Bradfisch came through with a brilliant jumping save to keep the game scoreless, which it stayed into overtime.
The first overtime proceeded without either team able to generate a scoring opportunity. The second overtime saw the Boilers have several opportunities, but again the Hoosiers were able to stem the tide and keep the Boilers off the scoreboard.
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