Sept. 23, 2007
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SETTING THE SCENE
Indiana hosts a battle of one-loss teams as the Hoosiers take on the Evansville Purple Aces on Sunday, Sept. 23, at 2 p.m.. IU has won four straight games by a 2-1 score and is unbeaten in its last six contests. UE has lost just once this season as well, when the Purple Aces were bested 4-1 by Kentucky earlier this season.
Evansville will be a familiar squad for IU coach Mick Lyon, as the Hoosier leader began his career by coaching the Purple Aces for their first 11 seasons. The UE alumnus was also an All-American while playing for the school's men's team. The Hoosiers topped Evansville 1-0 last season on Oct. 4 on Black Beauty Field.
LAST TIME OUT
The Indiana women's soccer team won its fourth consecutive 2-1 game with a victory over Butler on Kuntz Field on Wednesday. Leigh Anne Cummings got the game winner for the Hoosiers in the 78th minute, while Christie Kotynski scored a second-half goal for the Hoosiers.
After falling behind in the first half, Indiana knotted the score in the 62nd minute. Kotynski set the play up by hustling into the left corner on a long pass and playing a ball off the defender to earn a corner. Kelly Lawrence sent the corner bending to the back post, where Kotynski headed the ball past the keeper for her third goal of the season.
The Hoosiers regained the lead in the 78th minute on Cummings' third goal of the season. Chloe McKay
sent a scorching shot from 22 yards toward the lower right corner, and the rebound came right to Cummings, who tapped it home to put IU up 2-1.
SCOUTING THE PURPLE ACES
Evansville is coming off a 2-1 victory over Murray State on Tuesday night. In that game, played in Evansville, Kayla Lambert scored both goals in the first half. Jessica Sumner and Theresa Bagby each played a half for UE and each made four saves, with Bagby allowing an MSU goal in the 68th minute. Lambert and Heidi Grey each have four goals on the season. Evansville has outscored its opponents 13-9 on the year.
Indiana has won its last four games and is undefeated in its last six 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 5-0-1 during September.
USING HER HEAD
Though just a sophomore, Christie Kotynski has already established herself as one of the best players in the air in the Big Ten. Kotynski, who scored three of her four goals on headers in 2006, already has three headers for goals so far in 2007, with two of the three coming off corners.
Kotynski, who also has three assists and nine points to lead the squad this season, has already surpassed her point total from her freshman season. She is tied for fourth in the conference in points this year and leads all midfielders in the category.
After missing back-to-back games with a concussion, sophomore Kelly Lawrence returned to the pitch against Butler. The Chigwell, Essex, England native celebrated her return by setting up Christie Kotynski's goal on a brilliant corner serve to the back post. Lawrence nearly added a goal in her return, but was ruled offside as she sent a ball into the back of the net in the closing minutes of the second half.
Just seven games into her Hoosier career, Leigh Anne Cummings has already established herself as one of the team's most likely players to come through in the clutch. Cummings has scored two game-winning goals on the season (against Samford and Butler) and her other goal, scored with six seconds to play against USC, sent IU into overtime.
Despite its heroic nature, Cummings' goal against USC will not go down as the latest goal in regulation play in IU history. 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.
Freshman Chloe McKay has shown her scoring ability through her first seven games as a Hoosier. The Suffield, Conn., native has two goals and two assists on the season, and set up Leigh Anne Cummigs' game-winner against Butler with a wicked left-footed shot. McKay was denied her third goal in an IU uniform by a diving stop from the Butler keeper, but the rebound carried right to Cummings, who tapped it home to give the Hoosiers the lead for good. McKay, who set school and conference records with 109 goals and 89 assists for Suffield High, has become a staple for the Hoosiers on set pieces and has six starts this year.
With 12 freshmen and 10 sophomores on this year's team, there is no doubt that IU has a vast amount of quantity in its lower classes. But so far in 2007, the freshman and sophomore classes have shown that they have quality as well. All 12 goals scored this season have come from members of the freshman and sophomore classes, and all but two points have been scored by those players. Suzie Teixeira, who has two assists on the season, is the lone junior or senior to crack the scoresheet this season.
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Against Ball State, 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 four games by a score of 2-1, giving IU four straight multi-goal games for the first time since Indiana scored more than one goal in each of the first five games of the 2000 season. IU had just four games with more than one goal in the 2006 season, while the 2007 squad has five multi-goal contests in seven games this season. Indiana's 12 goals over a six-game span marks the most since the 2004 team scored 13 times in its first six contests. Ironically, the Hoosiers are yet to score just one goal in a game, something they did 11 times in 20 games last year.
UP THE POLLS
Following a win and a tie against a pair of strong California programs two weeks 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.
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.
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.
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 seven games. Hollandsworth made her college debut against Florida, making five saves in a losing effort. She played the final 57:44 in net the next game against Jacksonville, making one save.
Last 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 0.87 goals against average and a .739 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.