Women's Soccer

    Hoosiers Bring Streak on Road Against Michigan, MSU

    Go Hoosiers! Suzie Teixeira and the Hoosiers will take on Michigan and Michigan State this weekend in their first Big Ten road test.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Suzie Teixeira and the Hoosiers will take on Michigan and Michigan State this weekend in their first Big Ten road test.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Oct. 3, 2007

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    SETTING THE SCENE
    Indiana heads north for its first two road games of the Big Ten season. The Hoosiers are currently on a seven-game winning streak, their longest since a 14-game win streak that spanned from Oct. 3, 1993-Sept. 14, 1994. IU finished off its second consecutive undefeated September, going 8-0-1 for the month.

    Thursday's game against Michigan will mark the Hoosiers' first appearance on the Big Ten Network, as Steve Schlanger (play-by-play) and Ellen Weinberg (analyst) will have the call at 8 p.m. On Sunday at noon, IU and Michigan State will be televised on Comcast Local in the East Lansing area.

    LAST TIME OUT
    Kristin Arnold finished off a sensational weekend with two goals, leading Indiana to a 2-0 win over Wisconsin on Sunday and giving her five scores in IU's two wins. Lauren Hollandsworth recorded her third shutout of the season for the Hoosiers.

    In the 16th minute, Arnold gave the home squad a 1-0 lead with her fifth goal of the season. The Beavercreek, Ohio, native took the ball just outside of the box on the left side and sent a high, lofting shot into the upper right corner of the net over the head of goalkeeper Jamie Klages.

    The sophomore forward followed that up with another tally in the 23rd minute. Katy Stewart played a skidding through ball ahead for Arnold, who picked it up and raced toward the goal. Arnold sent a low shot just inside the right post, recording her sixth goal of the season and her fifth of the weekend. Sunday's two-goal performance followed a hat trick on Friday, Sept. 28, in which Arnold led the Hoosiers to a come-from-behind victory over Northwestern.

     

     

    Hollandsworth recorded her third shutout of the season against UW. She made three saves, all of which occurred in the second half, capping off the game with a brilliant diving save off the foot of Tricia Krombach.

    SCOUTING THE WOLVERINES
    Michigan is coming off a tough Big Ten road weekend after suffering hard-fought losses to Minnesota (2-1) and Iowa (2-1). The Wolverines fell to 2-6-1 on the season following the defeats and have lost each of their last three. Amanda Bowery leads the offense for U-M with four goals and 10 points, while Madison Gates has started all nine games in net, posting a 1.34 goals against average.

    SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
    Much like the Wolverines, MSU found itself on the wrong end of results at Iowa and Minnesota this weekend. The Spartans failed to register a goal, as they were shutout by Iowa (1-0) on Friday and by Minnesota (2-0) on Sunday. Lauren Hill (5-2-12) and Maureen Pawlak (4-3-11) have done the bulk of the damage offensively for MSU, while Lauren Sinacola has added seven points. Nicole Galas has three shutouts and a 0.86 GAA this season.

    ARNIE'S ARMY
    Sophomore Kristin Arnold put together quite a weekend against Northwestern and Wisconsin. The Beavercreek, Ohio, native 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.

    Perhaps even more impressive about the performance was the magnitude of the goals that Arnold scored. After opening the scoring in the 11th minute, Arnold and the Hoosiers saw a 2-0 lead turn into a 3-2 deficit when Kelsey Hans scored at 72:00, Just 48 seconds later, Arnold responded with a blast from outside the box that tucked inside the left post to tie the game at 3-3.

    Then, Arnold picked up her second game-winning goal of the season, making a perfect run and taking a brilliant through ball from McCarthy, then depositing it behind keeper Lauren Johnston with a low shot to the near side. Arnold also had a game-winner in overtime against No. 13 USC on Oct. 9.

    Against Wisconsin, Arnold 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 2004.

    HONORS APLENTY
    With Arnold's performance last weekend, the sophomore picked up a number of honors on both the conference and national levels. Arnold was named Big Ten co-Player of the Week for her efforts and was also named to the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Week, the Soccer America Team of the Week and the Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week for her efforts.

    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 laurels in consecutive weeks.

    SWEET SEPTEMBER
    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 the Hoosiers won 14 consecutive contests (the final nine of 1993 and first five of 1994).

    Even more impressive is the fact that 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 for a combined tally of 14-0-4 over the two seasons. IU's unbeaten streak in September stretches back to Sept. 30, 2005, as IU has not lost in its last 19 September contests.

    ANOTHER STREAK?
    Indiana has won its last seven games and is undefeated in its last nine contests. Since a season-opening loss to No. 13 Florida, the Hoosiers have not had another blemish on their record.

    In the 2006 season, IU dropped its first two matches of the season and then went undefeated in its next 13 games, going 9-0-4 over the span. The 13-game unbeaten streak was the longest single-season streak in team history and the longest overall since a 14-game win streak that stretched from Oct. 3, 1993- Sept. 14, 1994. The 2006 Hoosiers saw their streak snapped with a 1-0 loss to Northwestern on Oct. 15.

    USING HER HEAD
    Though just a sophomore, Christie Kotynski has already established herself as one of the best players in the air in the Big Ten. Kotynski solidified her position two weeks ago, as she was named Big Ten Player of the Week and to the Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week.

    Kotynski started the week off with a crucial second-half goal against Butler on Wednesday, Oct. 19. With the Hoosiers down 1-0 in the 62nd minute, Kotynski hustled into the left corner on a long pass and played a ball off the defender to earn a corner. Kelly Lawrence sent the corner bending to the back post, where Kotynski headed the ball past the keeper for her third goal of the season. The goal turned momentum in the Hoosiers' favor and propelled them to a 2-1 victory over the Bulldogs.

    On Sunday, Oct. 23, against Evansville, Kotynski one-upped herself with her first career multi-goal game. The Hudson, Ohio, native scored two goals and added an assist in IU's 4-0 victory over the Purple Aces. The five points were the most by a Hoosier since Kim Grodek scored two goals and added an assist against Butler on Oct. 29, 2004. Kotynski is tied for the team lead with 14 points this year.

    During the 2006 season, Kotynski finished tied for the team lead with four goals, and was named second team All-Big Ten and to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team. She was named All-Great Lakes Region by Soccer Buzz, which also named her a third team Freshman All-American.

    SCORING SURGE
    Indiana has won each of its last seven games and has outscored opponents 18-7. IU has scored two or more goals in each game, marking the longest such streak in IU history. Indiana had four games with more than one goal in the 2006 season, while the 2007 squad has eight multi-goal games this year. Indiana's 10 goals over a three-game span marks the most since the 2001 team scored 10 times in its final three contests.

    With four goals against the Wildcats, IU netted four scores in back-to-back games since 1998, when the Hoosiers won 4-0 over Xavier on Sept. 1 an 9-0 over IUPUI on Sept. 6. Interestingly, the Hoosiers have not scored just one goal in a game, something they did 11 times in 20 games last year.

    Indiana is on pace to break the school record for most team goals scored, as it is averaging 2.12 goals per contest. The 1993 and 1998 squads hold the school record with 42 goals scored, though it took the inaugural team just 18 games to reach that mark. The 1998 squad needed 23 games to tally 42 goals. The 1993 team is the only squad in school history to average better than two goals per game.

    MAC ATTACK
    Through just 10 games as a Hoosier, freshman Chloe McKay has already established herself as one of the team's and one of the conference's top playmakers in the midfield. McKay became the first IU player to tally more than one assist in a game since Megan Pipkens assisted on all three of Lindsay McCarthy's goals against Oakland on Sept. 30, 2004.

    The Suffield, Conn., native leads the Hoosiers with five assists on the season and also has two goals, as she has become a fixture on set pieces this season. Wendy Dillinger (1993 and 1997) and Carrie Watts (1998) hold the school record with eight assists in a season. McKay, who set school and conference records with 109 goals and 89 assists for Suffield High, has nine starts this year.

    UP THE POLLS
    After running their winning streak to seven games, the Hoosiers finally cracked the top 25 in the Soccer America poll this week. The Hoosiers are tied for the 25th spot with South Carolina and Washington State. Soccer Buzz also placed the Hoosiers in its national rankings, where IU found itself 26th in the country. The National Soccer Coaches Association of America still has the Hoosiers just outside its Top 25, third among teams also receiving votes.

    In the Great Lakes Regional rankings, IU has also seen a surge, as the NSCAA has Indiana second behind Purdue, and Soccer Buzz has the Hoosiers in third behind Purdue and Notre Dame.

    The Hoosiers are one of four Big Ten teams that received national mention in the latest NSCAA poll. Purdue leads the way at eighth and Penn State is 11th. The Hoosiers and Ohio State are the two teams in the conference receiving votes in the national poll.

    ARMSTRENGTH
    Armstrong Stadium has been a strong home field advantage for the Hoosiers since the program started, as IU has a 71-41-8 mark all-time at the facility. But that strength has been magnified over the last two seasons, as the Hoosiers have a 6-0-1 record there this season and posted a 6-1-1 mark there in 2006. IU has not had a losing record at Armstrong in Mick Lyon's tenure, as the coach has is 31-11-4 there in his career.

    YOUTH MOVEMENT
    With 12 freshmen and 10 sophomores on this year's team, there is no doubt that IU has a vast amount of quantity in its lower classes. But so far in 2007, the freshmen and sophomores have shown that they have quality as well. Twenty of the 22 goals scored this season have come from members of the freshman and sophomore classes, 55 of 65 points this season have been scored by those players.

    ON THE BOARD
    In the closing minutes of IU's win over Evansville on Oct. 23, junior Ashley Seib netted her first career goal for the Hoosiers at the 85:56 mark on assists from Natalie O'Bryan and Kate Nierman. Seib, an Evansville native, became the fifth player this season to score her first career goal. She joined freshmen Chloe McKay and Leigh Anne Cummings and sophomores Kelly Lawrence and O'Bryan in that category. Additionally, Nierman picked up her first assist in an IU uniform on the tally.

    CLUTCH CUMMINGS
    Just 10 games into her Hoosier career, Leigh Anne Cummings has already established herself as one of the team's most likely players to come through in the clutch. Cummings has scored two game-winning goals on the season (against Samford and Butler) and her other goal, scored with six seconds to play against USC, sent IU into overtime.

    Despite its heroic nature, Cummings' goal against USC will not go down as the latest goal in regulation play in IU history. That honor belongs to Amy Friedrich, who scored at the 89:59 mark on a penalty kick against Dayton on Aug. 31, 1996. Cummings' goal marked the latest a tally was scored in regulation since that goal and the first final-minute goal since Kim Grodek scored with 33 seconds to play in a 2-2 tie with Michigan State on Nov. 2, 2001.

    QUICK STRIKE
    Against Ball State, Chloe McKay got the Hoosiers on the board with a goal from just outside the box 1:53 into the game. That marked the second time this season that a Hoosier has scored in the opening three minutes, as Natalie O'Bryan scored at 2:45 against Jacksonville on Sept. 2.

    McKay's goal, the second of her career, marked the fastest goal by an IU player since 1999, when Kristen Sprunger scored at the 1:28 mark against Notre Dame in the season finale on Oct. 31. Coincidentally, Sprunger's goal was also her second of the season and second of her career. But unlike McKay, Sprunger's strike came in the 19th game of the season as opposed to the sixth.

    1-2 PUNCH
    Kristin Arnold's goal 49 seconds into overtime gave the Hoosiers two strikes in a span of just 55 seconds on the clock against the Women of Troy. The two scores were the fastest consecutive scores since IU's 2-0 win over Bowling Green on Sept. 18, 2005. In that contest, Robin Barker and Megan Pipkens scored against the Falcons in a span of just 18 seconds in the 53rd minute of action.

    SHOOTING GALLERY
    The 35 shots the Hoosiers unleashed on Jacksonville eclipsed the 2006 season high (27 against Creighton) by eight shots. The shot total was the highest by a Hoosier squad since the 1997 team posted a school-record 44 on Bowling Green on Sept. 12, 1997, a 6-1 IU victory.


       

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