Arnold, Hoosiers Garner More Honors
Oct. 2, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - A day after being named the co-Big Ten Player of the Week and to the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week, sophomore Kristin Arnold has been named to the Soccer America Women's Team of the Week and the Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week.
Meanwhile, the Hoosiers continued their ascent in the national rankings, as Soccer Buzz ranked them 26th. Indiana also jumped in the Great Lakes region, moving up to second behind Purdue according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and third behind Purdue and Notre Dame in the Soccer Buzz rankings. IU is ranked 25th in the Soccer America poll.
Arnold became the second Hoosier in as many weeks to pick up Soccer Buzz laurels, as Christie Kotynski was named to the Elite Team of the Week after scoring three goals and an assist against Butler and Evansville. The Beavercreek, Ohio, native is the first IU player to earn weekly honors from Soccer America since Jenna Babcock was named to the team on Oct. 4, 2006, following IU victories over Michigan and Michigan State.
With Sunday's victory over Wisconsin, the Hoosiers (8-1-1, 2-0 Big Ten) 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, Arnold completed her weekend with a pair of first-half goals to lead the Hoosiers to a 2-0 victory. She 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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