Sept. 13, 2007
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SETTING THE SCENE
Indiana will take on a pair of non-conference foes this weekend at Bill Armstrong Stadium, as Samford and Ball State come to town. Friday night's 7 p.m. contest will be the first-ever meeting between the Hoosiers and Bulldogs, while IU will face Ball State for the second time in program history when the two squads square off on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Samford is 3-1 on the young season, with its lone loss coming last weekend in a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Miami. The Cardinals are coming off a 1-1 weekend in Florida, where they defeated Florida Atlantic but were bested by UNC Greensboro.
LAST TIME OUT
Kristin Arnold's goal 49 seconds into overtime gave Indiana a 2-1 victory over No. 13 USC on Sunday. Arnold's goal came just 55 seconds after freshman Leigh Anne Cummings scored the tying goal in the closing seconds of regulation. IU took home the Hoosier Classic title with the victory.
Trailing 1-0 in the closing seconds of the match, the Hoosiers looked dead to rights when USC cleared the ball into the IU end with 20 seconds to play. A Trojan foul gave Jessica Boots a free kick on the Hoosier side of the field. Boots sent a long, high ball into the offensive end, and Christie Kotynski laid a brilliant head flick on the ball from 25 yards. The ball bounded into the box and Cummings scrambled for it and flicked it with her right foot just out of the reach of USC goalie Kristen Olsen to tie the contest with six seconds to play.
The Hoosiers carried the momentum into the extra frame, and Arnold was able to give the home squad a victory at the 90:49 mark. Kotynski set up the play by heading a ball toward the goal from just outside the 18. A USC defender stopped that opportunity, but the rebound came right to Arnold, who unleashed a rocket into the upper right corner of the net for her first career game-winner.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Samford is 3-1 on the young season with its lone loss coming to Miami on Sept. 6. The Bulldogs have defeated Georgia Southern, Kennesaw State and Memphis so far this year, with all of their games coming at home. Lauren Cook has been the offense for Samford, as she has scored five of the team's six goals this season. Cayley Winters is 3-1 in goal this season with two shutouts, a 0.54 goals against average and a .900 save percentage.
SCOUTING THE CARDINALS
Ball State has split each of its two weekends of the 2007 season, winning on Friday and losing on Sunday in both occasions. Last weekend in Florida, the Cardinals scored a 2-1 victory over Florida Atlantic but fell 1-0 to UNC Greensboro in a neutral site game. Emily Rein leads the team with three assists and five points, while Sarah Schumacher sits atop the squad with two goals. BSU scored five of its eight goals this season in a season-opening, 5-1 win over IPFW in Muncie.
When Kristin Arnold scored at the 90:49 mark against No. 13 USC, she gave IU its first win over a ranked opponent since a 2-1 victory over No. 22 Michigan on Sept. 30, 2005. It also marked the highest-ranked opponent Indiana has defeated since a 2-1, overtime victory over No. 9 Northwestern on Oct 4, 1998. The game was also revenge for the Hoosiers, who faced No. 18 USC two years ago in Los Angeles and came out on the short end of a 6-0 score.
Indiana took first place in the Hoosier Classic with a 1-0-1 record in the tourney. USC took second with a 1-1 mark, while Maryland finished third with an identical 1-1 record. Loyola Maryount finished 0-1-1 after a 3-0 loss to the Terrapins earlier on Sunday.
Winners of this weekend's Hoosier Classic, Indiana had four players named to the All-Tournament team, as goalkeeper Lauren Hollandsworth, defenders Jessica Boots and Beverly Markwort and forward Kristin Arnold were named to the squad. It is the second straight Hoosier Classic title for IU, as it earned shutout victories over Northern Arizona and Wisconsin-Milwaukee last year.
USC had three people named to the team - Alyssa Davila, Lauren Brown and Amy Rodriguez, each of which scored a goal for the Women of Troy in the tourney. Maryland (Mary Casey and Nataly Arias) and LMU (Tiffany Harrison and Kim Feeney) each had two players honored for their performance on the weekend.
OVER AND OVER AND OVERTIME
When Leigh Anne Cummings scored to send the Hoosiers and Women of Troy to overtime on Sunday, it marked the third consecutive contest that Indiana had gone to overtime with its opponent. The Hoosiers tied Loyola Marymount on Friday night and won an overtime contest at Jacksonville the previous week.
This is the first time since Sept. 7-21, 2001, that the Hoosiers have gone to three straight overtime contests. Then, the Hoosiers lost an OT game to No. 2 Notre Dame, defeated Xavier in a 2-1 contest and earned a tie with Northwestern. Last season, the Hoosiers had two OT games in a row against Charlotte and UNC Greensboro, and went to five overtime games overall.
Kristin Arnold's goal 49 seconds into overtime gave the Hoosiers two strikes in a span of just 55 seconds on the clock. The two scores were the fastest consecutive scores since IU's 2-0 win over Bowling Green on Sept. 18, 2005. In that contest, Robin Barker and Megan Pipkens scored against the Falcons in a span of just 18 seconds in the 53rd minute of action.
While Leigh Anne Cummings' goal with six seconds remaining may go down as one of the most clutch goals in IUWS history, it will not go down as the latest goal in regulation play. That honor belongs to Amy Friedrich, who scored at the 89:59 mark on a penalty kick against Dayton on Aug. 31, 1996. Cummings' goal marked the latest a tally was scored in regulation since that goal and the first final-minute goal since Kim Grodek scored with 33 seconds to play in a 2-2 tie with Michigan State on Nov. 2, 2001.
UP THE POLLS
Following a win and a tie against a pair of strong California programs this weekend, Indiana climbed in both the national and regional polls this week. The Hoosiers moved all the way up to sixth in the Great Lakes region and received votes in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Top 25 poll.
Likewise, the Hoosiers moved into the regional rankings according to Soccer Buzz, as the publication moved them to No. 11 in the Great Lakes. Indiana's only loss this season came to No. 9 Florida in the season opener on Aug. 31.
The Hoosiers are one of five Big Ten teams that received national mention in the latest NSCAA poll. Penn State clocked in at No. 20 and Purdue is 22nd, while Ohio State and Illinois are also receiving votes. The Hoosiers are sixth in the region behind Notre Dame, Purdue, Marquette, Ohio State and Louisville this week.
A FRESH LOOK
The Hoosiers entered the season with very little experience at goalkeeper, but so far freshman Lauren Hollandsworth has shown great things in her four games. Hollandsworth made her college debut against Florida, making five saves in a losing effort . She played the final 57:44 in net against Jacksonville, making one save.
On Friday against LMU, Hollandsworth earned her first career shutout in a scoreless tie, as she stopped both of the Lions' shots on net in the game. She followed that up by making a brilliant save against USC's Nini Loucks in the 34th minute to keep the score 1-0. The Great Bridge, Va., native has a 0.77 goals against average and a .750 save percentage in 2007.
SPLITTING IT UP
Indiana has scored six goals so far on the season, and six different Hoosiers have lit up the scoreboard so far. All the scoring, though, has come from lowerclassmen on the IU roster. Sophomores Kristin Arnold, Christie Kotynski, Kelly Lawrence and Natalie O'Bryan and freshmen Leigh Anne Cummings and Chloe McKay have each scored single goals for the Hoosiers this season. Kotynski is the only player on the team with more than two points, as the sophomore tallied assists on both of IU's goals against USC last weekend, and sits in the team lead with three assists and five points. Her three assists are tied for the most in the Big Ten. Jessica Boots and Suzie Teixeira each have solo assists for IU so far this season.
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.
The Hoosiers have picked up right where they left off in the shot department last year, as they have outshot each of their last three opponents. The Hoosiers outshot their first 10 opponents in 2006.
ON THE BOARD
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.
Six different Hoosiers helped teams to top-two finishes at the United States Youth Soccer Association National Championship s over the summer. Highlighting the summer efforts were the five Hoosiers who helped the Carmel United Cyclones Under-19 squad to a USYSA National title on July 29.
Carmel was led by five different IU sophomores as it earned a national title. Longtime team member Jessica Boots was one of the top defensive players of the tournament, while Indiana teammmates Christie Kotynski, Kristin Arnold, Natalie O'Bryan and newcomer Nikki Bonacorsi all played for Carmel. Also competing at the USYSA nationals was Taylor Fallon, who played this summer for the Slammers FC Under-18 squad in California. Slammers finished as runners up in Texas.