Hoosiers Welcome Nittany Lions, Buckeyes to Armstrong Stadium
Sept. 25, 2008
Indiana Hoosiers (5-4-0) vs. Penn State Nittany Lions (5-4-0)
Indiana Hoosiers (5-4-0) vs. Ohio State Buckeyes (3-4-2)
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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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