Women's Soccer

    Women's Soccer Set to Open Big Ten Play

    Go Hoosiers! Taylor Fallon and the Hoosiers face off with Northwestern and Wisconsin at Armstrong Stadium this weekend to open Big Ten play.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Taylor Fallon and the Hoosiers face off with Northwestern and Wisconsin at Armstrong Stadium this weekend to open Big Ten play.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Sept. 27, 2007

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    Indiana opens Big Ten play this weekend by playing host to Northwestern and Wisconsin. The Hoosiers are in the midst of a five-game winning streak and a seven-game unbeaten streak, as they sit at 6-1-1 on the season. In 2006, Indiana went 5-4-1 in conference play to earn the fourth seed at the Big Ten Tournament.

    Northwestern is 5-2-2 on the season after Sunday's loss to Wright State. That snapped a six-game unbeaten streak for the Wildcats, who will be playing on the road for the first time in three weeks this weekend. Wisconsin is 3-3-1 after losing a tight, 1-0 contest to UW-Milwaukee on Sunday. Both of the Badgers' other losses this season have come to nationally prominent programs on the road - at BYU and at Georgia.

    The Indiana women's soccer team rode four second-half goals to a 4-0 victory over Evansville on Sunday, stretching its win streak to five games with the victory. Christie Kotynski scored two goals and added an assist for the offense, while Lauren Hollandsworth made two saves to post her second career shutout in the win.

    Under three minutes into the second half, the Hoosiers took the lead on Kotynski's fourth goal of the season. After IU played the ball in on a corner, Kristin Arnold took the ball on the left side and sent it into the box, where Kotynski leapt and kicked the ball into the back of the net from point-blank range to make it 1-0 at 47:36.



    The Hoosiers extended their lead to 2-0 in the 65th minute, with Liz Holby netting her second goal of the year on assists from Kotynski and Leigh Anne Cummings. Kotynski added her second goal of the contest on a similar play to her first goal, this time with Chloe McKay sending in the serve from the right side. In the closing minutes, Evansville native Ashley Seib notched her first career goal against her hometown team. Kate Nierman and Natalie O'Bryan picked up assists.

    Northwestern recently wrapped up a five-game homestand with Sunday's loss to Wright State. NU's only other loss this season came at Nebraska back on Sept. 2 in Lincoln. Kelsey Hans leads the Wildcats with 11 points (four goals, three assists), while Shannon Schneeman's five scores lead the team. Lauren Johnston has played nine games and has a 0.87 goals against average.

    Since opening the season with a tie against Vanderbilt and a loss to Georgia, Wisconsin has gone 3-2, including wins over UC Santa Barbara and Boston University at the Wisconsin Soccer Invitational. Taylor Walsh and Shannon Terry each have two goals to lead the Badgers, while five others have tallied points on the season. Jamie Klages has played every minute in goal with a 0.97 goals against average and an .844 save percentage.

    Though just a sophomore, Christie Kotynski has already established herself as one of the best players in the air in the Big Ten. Kotynski solidified her position last week, as she was named Big Ten Player of the Week and to the Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week.

    Kotynski started the week off with a crucial second-half goal against Butler on Wednesday night. With the Hoosiers down 1-0 in the 62nd minute, Kotynski hustled into the left corner on a long pass and played 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 goal turned momentum in the Hoosiers' favor and propelled them to a 2-1 victory over the Bulldogs.

    On Sunday against Evansville, Kotynski one-upped herself with her first career multi-goal game. The Hudson, Ohio, native scored two goals and added an assist in IU's 4-0 victory over the Purple Aces. The five points were the most by a Hoosier since Kim Grodek scored two goals and added an assist against Butler on Oct. 29, 2004. Kotynski leads the Hoosiers in goals (5), assists (4) and points (14) this year.

    Under three minutes into the second half, the Hoosiers took the lead on Kotynski's fourth goal of the season. After IU played the ball in on a corner, Kristin Arnold took the ball on the left side and sent it into the box, where Kotynski leapt and kicked the ball into the back of the net from point-blank range to make it 1-0 at 47:36.

    The Hoosiers extended their lead to 2-0 in the 65th minute, with Kotynski and Leigh Anne Cummings collecting assists on Liz Holby's second goal of the season.

    Kotynski netted her second goal of the contest on a similar play to her first goal. After a corner, Chloe McKay got the ball on the far side from 25 yards and bent a ball deep into the box. Kotynski, charging the back post, redirected the ball to the left side for her second goal of the game and fifth of the year.

    During the 2006 season, Kotynski finished tied for the team lead with four goals, and was named second team All-Big Ten and to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team. She was named All-Great Lakes Region by Soccer Buzz, which also named her a third team Freshman All-American.

    Indiana has won its last five games and is undefeated in its last seven 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). The 13-game unbeaten streak was the longest single-season streak in history and the longest overall since a 14-game win streak during 1996-97. So far in 2007, the Hoosiers are 6-0-1 during September. Indiana has not lost a September contest since Sept. 25, 2005, a 2-1 loss to Minnesota.

    Indiana has won each of its last five games and has outscored its opponents by a margin of 12-4. IU has five straight multi-goal games, marking the first time that has happened since Indiana scored more than one goal for six straight contests during the program's inaugural 1996 season. IU had just four games with more than one goal in the 2006 season, while the 2007 squad has six multi-goal contests in eight games this year. Indiana's 12 goals over a five-game span marks the most since the 2004 team scored 12 times in its first five contests. Ironically, the Hoosiers have yet to score just one goal in a game, something they did 11 times in 20 games last year.

    Just eight 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 eight games as a Hoosier. The Suffield, Conn., native has two goals and three assists on the season, and set up Christie Kotynski's second goal against Evansville with a brilliant serve into the box. 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 seven starts this year.

    In the closing minutes of IU's win over Evansville, junior Ashley Seib netted her first career goal for the Hoosiers at the 85:56 mark on assists from Natalie O'Bryan and Kate Nierman. Seib, an Evansville native, became the fifth player this season to score her first career goal. She joined freshmen Chloe McKay and Leigh Anne Cummings and sophomores Kelly Lawrence and Natalie O'Bryan in that category. Additionally, Nierman picked up her first assist in an IU uniform on the tally.

    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 freshmen and sophomores have shown that they have quality as well. Fifteen of the 16 goals scored this season have come from members of the freshman and sophomore classes, and all but five points have been scored by those players.

    Points by class: G-A-P
    Freshman 5-4-14
    Sophomore 10-9-29
    Junior 1-0-2
    Senior 0-3-3

    The Hoosiers have had a penchant for getting better as games go on throughout the 2007 season. So far this year, the Hoosiers have come from behind to win in four contests - something they did just three times prior to that in Mick Lyon's tenure.

    Looking at the numbers even closer, Indiana has been outscored 6-4 in the first half, but has a 12-2 advantage in the second half and beyond. This is a common thread between each of the last three IU teams, as both the 2005 and 2006 squads scored more goals in the second half than they did in the first.

    Yet, the Hoosiers' increase in goal scoring and drop in opponent scoring is not necessarily revealed through other statistics. IU's shot output shows a slight increase from 59 in the first half to 68 in the second half, but opponents have tallied 47 second-half shots to just 37 in the first half. Likewise, despite IU's success on set pieces, the Hoosiers actually have fewer second-half corner kicks (27 to 20) while the opposition has more (17 to 25).

    Against Ball State, Chloe McKay got the Hoosiers on the board with a goal from just outside the box 1:53 into the game. 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. Coincidentally, 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.

    Following a win and a tie against a pair of strong California programs three weeks ago, Indiana climbed in both the national and regional polls for the first time in 2007. After wins over Butler and Evansville, the Hoosiers sit sixth in the Great Lakes region and received votes in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Top 25 poll for the third straight week.

    Likewise, the Hoosiers moved up in the regional rankings according to Soccer Buzz, as the publication moved them to No. 7 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 four Big Ten teams that received national mention in the latest NSCAA poll. Purdue leads the way at 11th and Penn State is 13th in the nation, while Illinois is, like the Hoosiers, also receiving votes.

    Armstrong Stadium has been a strong home field advantage for the Hoosiers since the program started, as IU has a 69-41-8 mark all-time at the facility. But that strength has been magnified over the last two seasons, as the Hoosiers have a 4-0-1 record there this season and posted a 6-1-1 mark there in 2006. IU has not had a losing record at Armstrong in Mick Lyon's tenure, as the coach has is 29-11-4 there in his career.

    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.

    1-2 PUNCH
    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.

    The Hoosiers entered the season with very little experience at goalkeeper, but so far freshman Lauren Hollandsworth has shown great things in her eight 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.

    In Sunday's win over Evansville, Hollandsworth turned aside the only shot she faced in a 4-0 victory for her second shutout of the season. She also picked up a shutout in a scoreless tie against Loyola Marymount on Sept. 7. The Great Bridge, Va., native has a 0.76 goals against average and a .760 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, but this year's Hoosiers are on pace to eclipse that record. IU averaged 14.8 shots per game in 2006, but the 2007 squad has increased that output to 17.2 per game so far. On the flip side, the Hoosiers allowed opponents just 9.0 shots per game a year ago, while they are allowing 11.0 per game in 2007.


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