Hoosiers Bring Streak on Road Against Michigan, MSU
Oct. 3, 2007
SETTING THE SCENE
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
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
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
ON THE BOARD
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.
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.
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