Women's Soccer

    Hoosiers Welcome Nittany Lions, Buckeyes to Armstrong Stadium

    Go Hoosiers! Kristin Arnold and the Hoosiers will take on Penn State and Ohio State on Yeagley Field this weekend.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Kristin Arnold and the Hoosiers will take on Penn State and Ohio State on Yeagley Field this weekend.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Sept. 25, 2008

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    Indiana Hoosiers (5-4-0) vs. Penn State Nittany Lions (5-4-0)
    Friday, Sept. 26 | 7:30 p.m. ET
    Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium | Bloomington, Ind.
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    Indiana Hoosiers (5-4-0) vs. Ohio State Buckeyes (3-4-2)
    Sunday, Sept. 28 | 2 p.m. ET
    Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium | Bloomington, Ind.
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    TV: Big Ten Network: Chris Doran (p-b-p) and Lisa Grubb (analyst)


    THE OPENING WHISTLE
    Indiana (5-4-0) opens Big Ten play against a pair of conference heavyweights at Armstrong Stadium this weekend. The Hoosiers will take on Penn State on Friday at 7:30 p.m. before encountering Ohio State on Sunday at 2 p.m. Sunday's game will be IU's 2008 debut on the Big Ten Network. Indiana picked up a momentous win on Sunday, knocking off Loyola Chicago 2-1 in overtime to enter conference play on a winning note. Penn State has lost two in a row, including a 3-1 loss to No. 1 Notre Dame on Friday. OSU is coming off a weekend that included its first two wins of the season - over Evansville and Louisville - and the Bucks added a 2-0 win over Wright State on Wednesday to bring a three-game winning streak into Bloomington.

    THE COACHES
    Mick Lyon is in his seventh season at the helm of the IU women's soccer program, where he has a record of 61-52-15. 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 36-14-5 on Yeagley Field in his reign, including a 17-4-2 mark in the last two-plus seasons. Lyon has a career record of 168-117-33 (.580) in his 16th year as a college coach.

    Erica Walsh guided Penn State to an 18-4-2 record in her first season in Happy Valley and is an assistant coach with the U.S. National Team. Lori Walker is in her 12th season at the helm of the Buckeyes, where she has a 121-96-20 record. She was named the 2001 Big Ten Coach of the Year and has led the team to four NCAA Tournament appearances.

    THE PENN STATE SERIES
    Penn State holds a strong 15-1-1 lead in the all-time series against Indiana, though the Hoosiers have come close to besting PSU in the last two years. Last season, IU had a 1-1 tie in University Park before a Katie Schoepfer tally in the 69th minute led to a 2-1 Nittany Lion victory.

    In the last game the two teams played at Armstrong Stadium, Indiana gave PSU all it could handle in a scoreless tie. In the final minute of the first overtime, IU unleashed four shots on the Nittany Lions. The first, by Lindsay McCarthy, clanged off the crossbar, and IU then had two subsequent attempts blocked by Penn State defenders. The final attempt, off the foot of Taylor Fallon coming off a corner, went just wide as the Hoosiers came up just short of tallying their second victory vs. Penn State.

    THE OHIO STATE SERIES
    Indiana holds a strong lead in the all-time series against Ohio State, but the Hoosiers will have to buck the recent trend to end up on top. The Hoosiers lead the series 10-6-2, but OSU took both matchups against Indiana last year - a 1-0 win in Columbus and a 2-1, overtime victory at the Big Ten Tournament in Minneapolis.

    IU is 7-1-1 against the Buckeyes at Armstrong Stadium and has not lost to OSU there since 1995. The last time the two squads faced off on Yeagley Field, Indiana won by a score of 2-1, with both goals scored off of Ali Brown free kicks, including the game winner with 9:26 remaining.

    NO DANCE PARTNER
    In 2008, Indiana will be without a travel partner during the Big Ten season. This means that the Hoosiers will be the conference's "lone wolf" and will be the only conference team that opponents will face on the weekend.

    It also means that while the rest of the league will finish their regular seasons on Friday, Oct. 31, the Hoosiers will wrap things up against Michigan on Sunday, Oct. 26. In all five of IU's Sunday matches, it will be facing a team that did not play a game the preceding Friday.

    ARNIE'S ARMY MARCHES AGAIN
    Kristin Arnold, IU's leading scorer from a season ago, had a slow start to her 2008 campaign, but she showed her flair for the dramatic once again on Sunday. With IU tied 1-1 in overtime against Loyola University Chicago, Arnold put home a goal at 91:47 for her first tally of the season to give IU a 2-1 victory.

    For Arnold, it was her sixth career game-winning goal, which ties her with Kristen Zmijewski and Abby Ryan for fifth on the all-time list. It was also her fourth overtime winner for IU, which set a new school record for Indiana. Tracy Grose scored three goals in extra time in her Hoosier career.

    Arnold set a new school record last season by scoring eight goals in conference action, while her 10 goals overall were the fourth-most in school history.

    DISTRIBUTION LINE
    In just nine games so far this season, the Hoosiers have seen 10 different players score goals. Liz Holby leads the way with four tallies, while the trio of Devon Beach, Kelly Lawrence and Chloe McKay each have three. Kristin Arnold, Darby Hannon, Christie Kotynski, Kerri Krawczak, Jocelyn Moses and Carly Samp each have found the back of the net once so far this season.

    Indiana had just 12 different players score goals during the entire 2008 season, while IU had 10 players score for the entirety of 2007. Additionally, Jessica Boots and Leigh Anne Cummings have tallied assists on the year. Freshman Kirsta Kellin is the only regular starter that has not scored a point.

    ARMSTRENGTH
    Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium has provided a significant home field advantage for the Hoosiers since the program started, as IU has a 75-45-8 mark all-time at the facility. But that strength has been magnified over the last two-plus 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 36-14-5 there in his seven-year career, including a 21-5-3 mark in his last 29 contests.

     

     

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