Women's Soccer

    Indiana Set to Host Hoosier Classic

    Go Hoosiers! Natalie O'Bryan scored her first collegiate goal on Sunday against Jacksonville.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Natalie O'Bryan scored her first collegiate goal on Sunday against Jacksonville.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Sept. 5, 2007

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    Indiana hosts its first contests of the season at the 2007 edition of the Hoosier Classic this weekend. The Hoosiers will take on Los Angeles programs USC and Loyola Marymount, while ACC foe Maryland is also in town for the Classic.

    The Hoosiers are 1-1 on the season after a season-opening trip to Florida and will look to continue their winning ways after a 4-3, double-overtime victory over Jacksonville. USC (2-0-0) and Maryland (1-0-1) are both undefeated heading into the weekend, while LMU is 0-2. The Trojans are ranked 19th in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll.

    The Hoosiers split their opening weekend of action in Florida, falling to the University of Florida but topping Jacksonville University. Indiana earned its first win of the 2007 season with a dramatic, 4-3 victory over Jacksonville in the second overtime period. Christie Kotynski posted the game-winner for the Hoosiers (1-1) at the 102:44 mark off a brilliant cross from Suzie Teixeira.

    Sophomores Natalie O'Bryan and Kelly Lawrence and freshman Chloe McKay each had their first career goals for the Hoosiers in the contest, as IU peppered JU with 35 shots. Freshman Lauren Hollandsworth played the final 57:44 and made one save to collect the win for Indiana.

    The victory followed a hard-fought 1-0 loss to No. 13 Florida on Friday. The Hoosiers outshot the Gators 7-4 over the final 65 minutes of action, while Hollandsworth made five saves in her college debut.



    Loyola Marymount opened its 2007 season with a pair of losses in California, dropping a 1-0 road contest to UC Santa Barbara and a 1-0, double-overtime game to Dayton at home. Despite the scoring woes in their opening weekend, the Lions return eight of their top nine scorers from a 2006 squad that went 10-3-6 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Keeper Joslyn Slovek, who posted a 0.70 goals against average in 2006, is also back for LMU.

    USC enters its second weekend of 2007 ranked 19th in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll and 13th in the Soccer Buzz Top 30. The Trojans won their first two contests of the year, posting a 5-1 home victory over Weber State and knocking off UCSB 2-0 in Santa Barbara. Megan Ohai already has tallied three goals for USC, while four others have each scored a goal. Kristin Olsen has allowed one goal in her two games and has made five saves for the Trojans.

    Sunday's 4-3 overtime victory over Jacksonville was Indiana's first OT victory since a 3-2 win over Iowa on Oct. 23, 2005. Since that time, the Hoosiers had gone 0-1-5 in games that went to overtime, with the lone loss coming to Iowa's 2006 squad on Oct. 20.

    The four goals scored against JU matched the 2006 season hiugh, set in a 4-0 win over Texas Tech on Sept. 2, 2006. The three goals allowed were the most given up by the Hoosiers since a 3-0 loss to Michigan State in the opening round of the 2005 Big Ten Tournament. The game also marks the first time in IUWS history that Indiana has allowed three goals and come away with a win. IU was previously 0-42 in program history went giving up three or more goals. The seven total goals scored were the most in an IU match since a 5-2 loss to Wisconsin on Oct. 3, 2004.

    Three different Hoosiers notched their first career goals in the 4-3 win over Jacksonville. Sophomores Kelly Lawrence and Natalie O'Bryan and freshman Chloe McKay got on the score sheet in the goal column for the first time in the contest.

    O'Bryan was the first to score, notching a goal at the 2:45 mark to put the Hoosiers up 1-0. The Greenwood, Ind., native played in seven games last season, and the contest against the Dolphins was her first career start.

    Lawrence played and started 19 games in 2006, earning her lone assist of the season off a free kick that found its way to Christie Kotynski in the box against Charlotte. She netted her first career goal off an assist from Kotynski in the 81st minute against JU on a header of her own.

    McKay, playing in just her second game as a Hoosier, stole an errant Jacksonville clearance and blasted a shot past the keeper for her first tally. The Suffield, Conn., native set school and conference records in high school with 109 goals and 89 assists.

    Natalie O'Bryan's goal in the third minute against Jacksonville got Indiana out to an early lead against the Dolphins. In fact, it was the quickest goal scored by an Indiana player since Kristen Zmijewski put home a score at the 2:28 mark against Butler on Sept. 12, 2003. Like O'Bryan, that was the first goal of the season for Zmijewski, and it also led to a road victory for the Hoosiers, who topped the Bulldogs 3-0 in the game.

    The Hoosiers entered the season with very little experience at goalkeeper, but so far freshman Lauren Hollandsworth has shown great things in her two career games. Hollandsworth made her college debut against Florida, making five saves in a losing effort . She followed that up by playing the final 57:44 in net against Jacksonville, making one save and allowing one goal. The Great Bridge, Va., native was a four-time all-district selection in high school.

    The 35 shots the Hoosiers unleashed on Jacksonville eclipsed the 2006 season high (27 against Creighton) by eight shots. The shot total was the highest by a Hoosier squad since the 1997 team unleashed a school-record 44 on Bowling Green on Sept. 12, 1997. That game resulted in a 6-1 victory for the Hoosiers. Last year's team set a season record with 295 shots.


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