Women's Soccer Hits Road Against Iowa and Minnesota
Oct. 1, 2008
Indiana Hoosiers (5-6-0) vs. Iowa Hawkeyes (5-5-1)
Indiana Hoosiers (5-6-0) vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers (11-1-0)
THE OPENING WHISTLE
Indiana (5-6-0) heads to the road for a pair of pivotal conference contests this weekend. The Hoosiers are coming off a disappointing home weekend that saw Penn State and Ohio State win 1-0 games on fortunate goals. Lindsay Campbell played strong in goal for the Hoosiers in both games. The Hoosiers are going up against a hungry Iowa team that garnered a tie at Michigan on Friday and are coming off the first Big Ten Tournament berth in Ron Rainey's tenure in Iowa City. Then the Hoosiers head to Minnesota, where the Golden Gophers have turned heads with an 11-1-0 start, but split last weekend in Michigan with a loss to Michigan State (2-0) and a win over the Wolverines (1-0). The Gophers have allowed just four goals this season.
Ron Rainey is in his third year at the forefront of Iowa soccer after a strong run as the head coach of Ball State. The Hawkeyes had their best season since 2001 a year ago. Mikki Denney Wright is in her fifth year as the head coach of the Gophers, where she has amassed 45 wins including the 11 this season.
THE IOWA SERIES
The lone blemish came in 2006, when the Hawkeyes shocked the Hoosiers with a 1-0, double-overtime victory on Oct. 20, 2006, with Clare Goldenberg scoring in the 105th minute to give the Hawkeyes their first win in conference action. Each of the last five games against Iowa has been decided by a single goal, with four of the contests being 1-0 scores. In 2005, the Hoosiers edged the Hawkeyes in Bloomington, 3-2.
THE MINNESOTA SERIES
The two games represented IU's first two contests in 2008 without scoring a goal and the first back-to-back games being shut out since the final two games of the 2007 season. The last time Indiana started 0-2 in conference was in 2005, when the Hoosiers suffered road losses to Penn State and Minnesota. In both 2006 and 2007, the Hoosiers went undefeated in their first six conference contests, but in both seasons tailed off toward the end of the year.
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.
HOLBS ON FIRE
Holby has already more than doubled her career goal output, as through her first two seasons, Holby had scored just three career goals. She has started all nine games for the Hoosiers at forward after just three starts in 2007.
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