Women's Soccer

    Women's Soccer Hits Road Against Iowa and Minnesota

    Go Hoosiers! Liz Holby and the Hoosiers will take on Iowa and Minnesota this weekend in a pair of road conference contests.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Liz Holby and the Hoosiers will take on Iowa and Minnesota this weekend in a pair of road conference contests.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Oct. 1, 2008

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    Indiana Hoosiers (5-6-0) vs. Iowa Hawkeyes (5-5-1)
    Friday, Oct. 3 | 7 p.m. CT
    UI Soccer Complex | Iowa City, Iowa

    Indiana Hoosiers (5-6-0) vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers (11-1-0)
    Sunday, Oct. 5 | Noon CT
    Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium | St. Paul, Minn.
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    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.

    Mick Lyon is in his seventh season at the helm of the IU women's soccer program, where he has a record of 61-54-15. His 2007 campaign was his finest as a Hoosier head coach, as he led IU to its first NCAA Tournament in his tenure, and saw the Hoosiers advance to the third round of the Tournament for the first time in school history. Lyon's teams have been dominant at home, as the Hoosiers are 36-16-5 on Yeagley Field in his reign, including a 17-6-2 mark in the last two-plus seasons. Lyon has a career record of 168-119-33 (.577) in his 16th year as a college coach.

    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.

    Indiana holds just a 6-5 edge in the all-time series with the Hawkeyes, but the Hoosiers have shown strong success as of late. IU has won five of the last six contests, including a 1-0, overtime win over Iowa last season, with Kristin Arnold scoring the winner in a game where she set an IU record with 12 shots.

    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 Golden Gophers lead the all-time series with Indiana 9-7-2, but the majority of those victories came prior to the Mick Lyon era. Minnesota went 7-2-2 over the first 11 games between the teams, but the Hoosiers have won five of the last seven, including a 4-2 victory in 2007. In that game, Kristin Arnold scored a pair of goals against the Gophers, while then-freshmen Jocelyn Moses and Leigh Anne Cummings also scored for Indiana. The Hoosiers led 4-0 in the contest before a foul in the box gave Minnesota a penalty kick in the 64th minute that Kylie Kallman converted.

    Indiana had a rough opening to its Big Ten season last weekend, with conference powers Penn State and Ohio State each knocking off the Hoosiers at Armstrong Stadium by a score of 1-0. Each also did so with the benefit of an unlucky bounce that sunk IU. The Nittany Lions got a goal when Megan Gill sliced a kick off a bouncing, spinning ball that curved sharply into the corner of the net, and the Buckeyes' lone goal came off a cross that deflected off Christie Kotynski's head and into the back of the net.

    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.

    In 2008, Indiana will be without a travel partner during the Big Ten season. This means that the Hoosiers will be the conference's "lone wolf" and will be the only conference team that opponents will face on the weekend.

    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.

    Kristin Arnold, IU's leading scorer from a season ago, had a slow start to her 2008 campaign, but she showed her flair for the dramatic once again on Sunday, Sept. 21. With IU tied 1-1 in overtime against Loyola University Chicago, Arnold put home a goal at 91:47 for her first tally of the season to give IU a 2-1 victory.

    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.

    In just 11 games so far this season, the Hoosiers have seen 10 different players score goals. Liz Holby leads the way with four tallies, while the trio of Devon Beach, Kelly Lawrence and Chloe McKay each have three. Kristin Arnold, Darby Hannon, Christie Kotynski, Kerri Krawczak, Jocelyn Moses and Carly Samp each have found the back of the net once so far this season.

    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.

    Junior Liz Holby worked hard in the offseason to earn a starting spot on the Hoosier front line, and it has showed. The Inverness, Ill., native now leads the Hoosiers with four goals on the season and her nine points are tied for the team's top total. Holby netted the game winner with her aggressiveness in the offensive end against Loyola (Md.) and also had a goal to seal the victory over GMU in the closing minutes.

    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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