Hoosiers Continue Strong Spring With Draw Against FC Indiana
April 17, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's soccer team posted an impressive 1-1 tie against senior women's team FC Indiana on Saturday. Chloe McKay got the equalizer off a corner in the 35th minute for the Hoosiers, as IU posted its most outstanding effort of the spring.
FC Indiana - ranked fifth in the World Club Rankings - jumped out to a 1-0 lead 27 minutes in as a free kick resulted in a scramble in the box before the squad scored the opening goal. But eight minutes later, Kristin Arnold sent a short corner to McKay inside the top of the 18, and the midfielder juked and bent a shot inside the right post to knot the score at 1-1.
"This was a great opportunity to play a talented team with multiple national team players from the United States, Spain, Australia and several African countries," head coach Mick Lyon said. "To compete against a team of this caliber was a great experience for the girls and I want to give full credit to the FC Indiana team who played a very fast-paced game. I have no doubt that each IU player came away from the game a better soccer player."
The tie was just the latest result in what has been a strong spring for the Hoosiers as they have taken on some extremely tough competition, including a 1-0 win over Kentucky and a hard-fought loss to Women's College Cup Participant Notre Dame. According to Lyon, three of the squad's top players - Kelly Lawrence, Christie Kotynski and Kristin Arnold - have all continued their outstanding play through the spring.
The Hoosiers will take on Wright State on Saturday at noon at Armstrong Stadium. It will be the final game of the team's spring season.
Lyon also pointed out several players who have made tremendous growth this spring.
"Liz Holby has matured into a completely different player," he said. "She has played the full 90 minutes in each of the last two games and has been extremely effective in her role up front.
"Susan Swepston and Whitley Wynns have both played strong at the back for us. Each has played 90 minutes the last two games and have had good learning moments as they compete against impressive talent and played well enough to complement Lawrence and Kotynski at the back.
"I've been really impressed with Whitley playing against a talented, fast wing for FC Indiana. Over the 90 minutes, she got beat just a couple of times, and that was early. I'm really excited about her improvement.
"Leigh Anne Cummings has had a great spring. She has learned how to use her speed at attacking midfielder and at forward and has been effective in both roles. Jocelyn Moses, Taylor Miller and Darby Hannon have all worked extremely hard this spring and shown their presence on the field.
"Lauren Hollandsworth has had a solid spring in net being the only keeper for an entire year. She has the toughness and ability to play through competitive games and trainings and has had solid games against Notre Dame and FC Indiana."
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