Sept. 19, 2007
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SETTING THE SCENE
Indiana is in search of its fourth straight victory when it travels to Indianapolis for a matchup with in-state rival Butler on Wednesday night. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Indianapolis' Kuntz Field.
The Hoosiers are coming off three straight 2-1 victories after posting back-to-back wins at Armstrong Stadium last weekend, defeating Samford and Ball State. Butler lost its last contest, falling to Belmont 1-0 on Sunday following a 2-2 tie with Miami University on Friday. The Bulldogs, who also defeated Indiana State on Wednesday, Sept. 11, are 2-3-1 on the season.
LAST TIME OUT
Liz Holby's goal in the 86th minute gave the Hoosiers a 2-1 victory over Ball State on Sunday, Sept. 16, at Armstrong Stadium. Chloe McKay added a first-half goal as the Hoosiers won their third straight game to improve to 4-1-1.
Holby netted the gamewinner at the 85:09 mark off a nice pass from Kristin Arnold. Arnold took the ball from 35 yards out and sent a through ball to her right to a streaking Holby. The sophomore took a hard, right-footed shot that tucked just inside the right post past keeper Rachael Murphy for her first goal of the season.
Indiana's first goal came 83 minutes earlier, with McKay netting her second career goal. The freshman found herself with the ball just outside of the box on the left side. After shaking a defender, she unleashed a left-footed ball that slid into the lower left-hand corner of the net to make it 1-0 at 1:53.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Butler enters Wednesday's contest with the Hoosiers with an overall record of 2-3-1 on the season. Following a 7-3 win over Indiana State a week ago, the Bulldogs tied Miami University, 2-2, on Friday and fell to Belmont 1-0 in Indianapolis on Sunday. Angie Muir won Horizon League Player of the Week honors on Monday after scoring a goal and adding three assists against the Sycamores. She also had a goal and an assist against Miami on Friday.
Indiana has won its last three games and is undefeated in its last five contests. Since a season-opening loss to Florida, the Hoosiers have not had another blemish on their record.
In the 2006 season, IU dropped its first two matches of the season and then went undefeated in its next 13 games, going 9-0-4 over the span and posting an undefeated September (6-0-3). So far in 2007, the Hoosiers are 4-0-1 during September.
On Sunday, Chloe McKay got the Hoosiers on the board with a goal from just outside the box 1:53 into the game with Ball State. That marked the second time this season that a Hoosier has scored in the opening three minutes, as Natalie O'Bryan scored at 2:45 against Jacksonville on Sept. 2.
McKay's goal, the second of her career, marked the fastest goal by an IU player since 1999, when Kristen Sprunger scored at the 1:28 mark against Notre Dame in the season finale on Oct. 31. Ironically, Sprunger's goal was also her second of the season and second of her career. But unlike McKay, Sprunger's strike came in the 19th game of the season as opposed to the sixth.
Indiana has won each of its last three games by a score of 2-1, giving IU three straight multi-goal games for the first time since Sept. 11-18, 2005. IU had just four games with more than one goal in the 2006 season, while the 2007 squad has four multi-goal contests in six games this season. Indiana's 10 goals over a five-game span marks the most since the 2004 team scored 12 times in its first five contests.
UP THE POLLS
Following a win and a tie against a pair of strong California programs 10 days ago, Indiana climbed in both the national and regional polls. After wins over Samford and Ball State, the Hoosiers sit eighth in the Great Lakes region and received votes in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Top 25 poll for the second straight week.
Likewise, the Hoosiers moved up in the regional rankings according to Soccer Buzz, as the publication moved them to No. 8 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. Purdue leads the way at 15th and Penn State is 17th in the nation, while Ohio State and Illinois are, like the Hoosiers, also receiving votes.
SPLITTING IT UP
Indiana has scored 10 goals so far on the season, and seven different Hoosiers have lit up the scoreboard so far. All the goal scoring, though, has come from lowerclassmen on the IU roster. Sophomores Kristin Arnold, Christie Kotynski, Liz Holby, Kelly Lawrence and Natalie O'Bryan and freshmen Leigh Anne Cummings and Chloe McKay have scored goals for the Hoosiers this season.
Kotynski, Cummings and McKay each tallied their second goals of the season over the weekend, while Liz Holby joined the scoring fest by tallying the game-winner against BSU in the 86th minute. Kotynski leads the squad with seven points, while her three assists are tied for the most in the Big Ten. McKay sits in second on the team with five points after posting a goal and an assist for the Hoosiers over the weekend. Senior Suzie Teixeira is the only upperclassman to score points this season, as she has assisted on a pair of goals. Freshman defender Jessica Boots is the only other Hoosier to crack the scoresheet, posting an assist on Cummings' late goal against USC on Sunday, Sept. 9.
When Kristin Arnold scored at the 90:49 mark against No. 13 USC on Sunday, Sept. 9, 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.
OVER AND OVER AND OVERTIME
When Leigh Anne Cummings scored to send the Hoosiers and Women of Troy to overtime on Sunday, Sept. 9, 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.
It marked the first time since Sept. 7-21, 2001, that the Hoosiers went 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 against the Women of Troy. 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 against USC 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.
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 six 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.
Over the weekend, Hollandsworth made seven saves out of nine shots on goal and kept Ball State at bay while the Cardinals were putting forth a strong attack in the second half. The Great Bridge, Va., native has a 0.85 goals against average and a .762 save percentage in 2007.
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 posted 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.
ON THE BOARD
Three different Hoosiers notched their first career goals in the 4-3 win over Jacksonville on Sunday, Sept. 2. 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.