Arnold, Hoosiers Gaining National Attention
Oct. 1, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Sophomore Kristin Arnold and the Indiana women's soccer team are picking up national attention after this weekend's victories over Northwestern (4-3) and Wisconsin (2-0). Arnold, who scored five of IU's six goals on the weekend, was named co-Big Ten Player of the Week and to the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week on Monday, while the Hoosiers climbed into the Soccer America Top 25.
The Player of the Week honor was the second in a row for the Hoosiers, as Christie Kotynski was the conference's honoree a week ago. It marks the first time in IUWS history that the Hoosiers have won consecutive weekly honors for their offense. Last season, Stacey Van Boxmeer and Jenna Babcock won Defensive Player of the Week honors in consecutive weeks.
IU (8-1-1, 2-0 Big Ten) found itself inside the Top 25 for the first time in 2007, clocking in tied for 25th according to Soccer America. With Sunday's victory over Wisconsin, the Hoosiers extended their win streak to seven games and their unbeaten streak to nine games. The winning streak is the longest since the 1993-94 seasons, when IU won 14 consecutive contests (the final nine of 1993 and first five of 1994).
The Hoosiers reeled off their second consecutive undefeated September, as the Hoosiers went 8-0-1 in the month during 2007. That followed a 6-0-3 mark during September 2006. Indiana has scored more than one goal in each of its last seven contests and has 22 tallies on the season. The 2006 squad scored just 21 goals in 20 games.
Arnold opened the weekend by netting her first career hat trick in a 4-3 victory over the Wildcats. It marked the first hat trick for a Hoosier since teammate Lindsay McCarthy scored three against Oakland in her freshman season on Sept. 30, 2004. It was only the second IU hat trick in conference action, as Wendy Dillinger scored three against the Wildcats in the conference's inaugural season of women's soccer on Sept. 9, 1994.
Against Wisconsin, the Beavercreek, Ohio, native completed her weekend with a pair of first-half goals to lead the Hoosiers to a 2-0 victory. Arnold became just the second Hoosier to score five goals in two games, as Kim Grodek turned the trick in the first two games of the 2004 season.
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