Butler and Loyola Set To Visit Armstrong Stadium
Sept. 17, 2008
Indiana Hoosiers (4-3-0) vs. Loyola Ramblers (3-5-0)
THE OPENING WHISTLE
Indiana (4-3-0) has won two straight as it heads into Thursday's contest against Butler (3-4-0), which is slated to kick off at 7:30 p.m. EDT. The Bulldogs trumped St. Louis (2-0) last weekend before falling to Missouri (2-1) in a weekend on the road. IU has won seven in a row against Butler and has a nine-game undefeated string against the Bulldogs. The Hoosiers will also take on Loyola (Chicago) (3-5-0) on Sunday at noon at Armstrong Stadium as part of a doubleheader with the IU men's soccer team, which faces Wisconsin at 3 p.m. IU dropped George Mason 4-1 and bested Loyola (Md.) 2-1 last weekend.
Tari St. John is in her third season at Butler, where she led the Bulldogs to a 10-win season in 2007. Frank Mateus is in his fourth season as the head coach for Loyola, where he earned Horizon League Coach of the Year honors in 2006 and has led the team to consecutive conference titles and NCAA Tournament appearances.
DAY AT THE BEACH
Beach scored IU's lone goals in losses to Dayton and Texas A&M, and then picked up the opening tally in a 2-1 win over Loyola on Sunday. The freshman took a beautiful toe pass from Christie Kotynski and pushed her way through the defense to open some space. She then fired a shot into the lower left corner to make it 1-0 at 51:20. Later in the game, Beach broke in on the defense and blasted a shot on goal that was saved by the keeper. But the rebound found its way right to Liz Holby's feet, as the sophomore knocked it home to give IU a 2-1 lead it would not relinquish.
Beach joined the Hoosiers after playing for both provincial and national teams in her native Canada. She played three years at Northern Collegiate Institute and Vocational School, where she was the team's top goal scorer in each of her three seasons for the school.
McKay finished her freshman campaign with three goals and six assists, leading the Hoosiers in helpers. With her nine career assists, the Suffield, Conn., native is now just one helper shy of cracking the top 10, with Jenny Mann (1999-02) and Kate Kastl (1999-02), who had 10 in their IU tenure.
HOLBS ON FIRE
Holby has already more than doubled her career goal output, as through her first two seasons, Holby had scored just three career goals. She has started all seven games for the Hoosiers at forward after just three starts in 2007 for Indiana.
Hoosier Christie Kotynski will have a familiar face donning the blue and white, as her younger sister, Mandi, is a freshman defender for the Bulldogs. Mandi has scored two goals in playing all seven games this season for Butler. Finally, Hoosier assistant coach Woody Sherwood served as the head coach of the Bulldogs from 2000-06.
With a 2-1 win over Oakland on Oct. 21, 2007, IU wrapped up the first undefeated regular season at home in program history. The 1998 squad came the closest, but wound up 8-1-0 after a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Missouri. Indiana tied in its home opener against Loyola Marymount in 2007 and ran off nine straight home wins to finish off the regular season.
IU has not had a losing record at Armstrong in Mick Lyon's tenure, as the coach is 35-13-5 there in his seven-year career, including a 20-4-3 mark in his last 27 contests.
When Lawrence knocked home the PK for the game winner against Tennessee, it marked the first converted PK for the Hoosiers since Kara Bryan scored in the 21st minute against Penn State on Sept. 30, 2001. Indiana had been awarded two penalties since Bryan's goal, but was unable to convert on either of them. The previous PK awarded to the Hoosiers was against Northwestern in 2006, but Lawrence, then a freshman, missed just wide.
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