McCarthy Nets Hat Trick in Win
September 29, 2004BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Freshman Lindsay McCarthy netted her first career hat trick as the Indiana women's soccer team blanked Oakland 3-0 on Thursday night at Armstrong Stadium.
For McCarthy, she became the first freshman in school history to record a hat trick. Her six points is also a school record for a freshman.
"All three goals happened really fast," said McCarthy. "I am really excited now, it is such a great feeling. It is especially felt good to win tonight after the tough weekend we had, but we came out strong in the second half and hopefully it carries over to Sunday."
Indiana (7-2-1, 2-1-1 Big Ten) dominated the first half outshooting Oakland (4-6, 1-1 Mid Conn.) by 10 shots, 11-1, but nonetheless both teams went into the half scoreless.
The Hoosiers came into the second period and once again controlled the action. Nearly four minutes into the period McCarthy scored her first goal taking a feed from freshman Katy Stewart and sophomore Megan Pipkens, and putting it in the left corner.
"We did a little rotating to our midfield attack and had her more as an attacking midfielder," said head coach Mick Lyon. "She is a typical freshman in that she started the year off hot and then with the pressure of school starting and maybe a little fatigue setting in, she cooled off, but she has practiced and played hard everyday."
For Stewart the assist marked her first collegiate point, while Pipkens' helper was the first of three on the night, tying a school record set by Wendy Dillinger in 1997.
Indiana went on the offensive attack just six minutes later recording three shots in a four-minute span. McCarthy started the rally with a shot that was just deflected by Oakland goalie Jessica Howard. McCarthy would get her revenge as she put in a rebound for her second goal at the 54:27 mark.
"It was a game of two halves," said Lyon. "The first half I didn't think we gave them a lot of respect. We just didn't put in the effort required to win a soccer game, and that is what we talked about at the half."
The Galloway, N.J. native added her third goal in the 73rd minute. Streaking down the field, McCarthy took a pass from Pipkens and hit a line drive into the right corner of the net.
"Our goal was to get the win, but also score goals and play a lot pf people," said Lyon. "We definitely accomplished both tonight and hopefully we can build on that for Sunday's game against Wisconsin."
The Indiana defense was not pretty, but managed to hold the Golden Grizzlies to just one shot, tying a season and school record. Junior goalkeeper Lauren Fabbro, the reigning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, recorded one save for her fourth shutout of the season.
"I didn't think we played great defense tonight," said Lyon. We lost a lot of headers and they moved it down the field, but you look up and we only let up one shot so that shows how much we expect out of them."
The Cream and Crimson return to the field on Sunday, Oct. 3, as the Hoosiers get back into conference play against Wisconsin. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.
Game Notes: The hat trick was the second on the year for Indiana, the first time that has happened in school history...Wendy Dillinger had three assists against Detroit on Sept. 8, 1993...The Hoosiers allowed just one shot to Ball State earlier in the year but lost 1-0...IU also allowed one shot to Temple on Aug. 29, 1997, in a 9-0 win.
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