Women's Soccer

    Butler and Loyola Set To Visit Armstrong Stadium

    Go Hoosiers! Kirsta Kellin and the Hoosiers will play host to Butler on Thursday night and Loyola (Chicago) on Sunday.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Kirsta Kellin and the Hoosiers will play host to Butler on Thursday night and Loyola (Chicago) on Sunday.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Sept. 17, 2008

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    Indiana Hoosiers (4-3-0) vs. Butler Bulldogs (3-4-0)
    Thursday, Sept. 18 | 7:30 p.m. ET
    Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium | Bloomington, Ind.
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    Indiana Hoosiers (4-3-0) vs. Loyola Ramblers (3-5-0)
    Sunday, Sept. 21 | Noon ET
    Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium | Bloomington, Ind.

    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.

    Mick Lyon is in his seventh season at the helm of the IU women's soccer program, where he has a record of 60-51-15. His 2007 campaign was his finest as a Hoosier head coach, as he led IU to its first NCAA Tournament in his tenure, and saw the Hoosiers advance to the third round of the Tournament for the first time in school history. Lyon's teams have been dominant at home, as the Hoosiers are 35-13-5 on Yeagley Field in his reign, including a 16-3-2 mark in the last two-plus seasons. Lyon has a career record of 167-116-33 (.580) in his 16th year as a college coach.

    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.

    Through just seven college games, freshman Devon Beach has already shown how much of an impact she can have for the Hoosiers this season. After scoring the lone goal in an exhibition win over Miami (Ohio), Beach has scored three goals and two assists and has been one of the most aggressive players in the midfield for the Hoosiers.

    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.

    Sophomore midfielder Chloe McKay has really heated up over the last four contests. After missing the opener due to injury, McKay had just one assist on her scoresheet through Indiana's first three contests. Then, she scored three points with a goal and an assist against Vermont, and followed that up with two goals and an assist against George Mason. Her five points in a game are the most since Kristin Arnold had six points with her hat trick against Northwestern last season.

    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.

    Junior Liz Holby worked hard in the offseason to earn a starting spot on the Hoosier front line, and it has showed. The Inverness, Ill., native now leads the Hoosiers with four goals on the season and her eight points are just one shy of the team's top total. Holby netted the game winner with her aggressiveness in the offensive end against Loyola and also had a goal to seal the victory over GMU in the closing minutes.

    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.

    The Hoosiers have a number of ties to their in-state rival to the North. First and foremost, four players on IU's roster - co-captains Jessica Boots and Natalie O'Bryan and sophomores Jocelyn Moses and Whitley Wynns all hail from the greater Indianapolis area. Likewise, 10 Bulldogs are natives of the Hoosier state and will be looking to knock off their state's flagship program.

    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.

    Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium has provided a significant home field advantage for the Hoosiers since the program started, as IU has a 74-44-8 mark all-time at the facility. But that strength has been magnified over the last two seasons, as the Hoosiers finished off the 2007 regular season with a 9-0-1 record there before falling to Duke in the NCAA Tournament. IU posted a 6-1-1 mark on Yeagley Field in 2006.

    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.

    After drawing just two penalty kicks over the previous six seasons, Indiana's penalty against Cal Poly was the second in just four games for the Hoosiers. Kelly Lawrence has taken both the PK attempts for the Hoosiers and is 2-for-2 on conversions, going to the lower right corner on both attempts.

    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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