Oct. 9, 2008
Indiana Hoosiers (5-8-0, 0-4-0) vs. Wisonsin Badgers (6-6-1, 0-4-0)
Friday, Oct. 10 | 7 p.m. CT
Dan McClimon Memorial Track/Soccer Complex | Madison, Wis.
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Indiana Hoosiers (5-8-0, 0-4-0) vs. Northwestern Wildcats (6-6-1, 1-3-0)
Sunday, Oct. 12 | 1 p.m. CT
Lakeside Field | Evanston, Ill.
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THE OPENING WHISTLE
Indiana (5-8-0, 0-4-0) faces a critical road weekend as the Hoosiers look to snap a four-game losing streak to begin conference play. The Hoosiers travel to Wisconsin and Northwestern this weekend for a pivotal pair of contests before returning home for their final four conference games. IU has been on a tough-luck losing streak with four straight 1-0 losses, as the Hoosiers have had timely goals scored against them. Wisconsin (6-6-1, 0-4-0) is also seeking its first conference win of the season as the Badgers lost road contests to Ohio State (4-0) and Penn State (3-0) last weekend. NU (6-6-1, 1-3-0) has lost three of its four conference games by a 1-0 score, but notched an impressive 1-0 win over Illinois two weeks ago.
Mick Lyon is in his seventh season at the helm of the IU women's soccer program, where he has a record of 61-56-15. 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 168-121-33 (.573) in his 16th year as a college coach.
Paula Wilkins is in her second year at Wisconsin after a tremendous six-year run at the head of the Penn State program. The Nittany Lions won the regular-season title in each of Wilkins' six years as head coach. Stephanie Erickson is in her third year with the Wildcats, where she finished her playing career as the school's all-time leader in goals and points.
THE WISCONSIN SERIES
Indiana holds an 8-7-2 all-time record in the series with Wisconsin, though Indiana has rallied for three straight wins against the Badgers. IU has also seen success on the road against Wisconsin, going 4-1-1 in the last six games in Madison and posting a 4-3-1 all-time record against the Badgers on the road.
Last year, the Hoosiers knocked off UW with a 2-0 shutout victory in Bloomington, giving IU its seventh win in a row. Kristin Arnold scored both goals in the victory, scoring once in the 16th minute and again in the 23rd minute and Indiana held on for the shutout victory to knock off Wisconsin. UW and IU have seen each other play in person this year already, as the Badgers were in town for the Hoosier Classic, which they won with a pair of victories.
THE NORTHWESTERN SERIES
IU and Northwestern are all square at 7-7-2 all time, though the Wildcats have been a thorn in the side of the Hoosiers in recent years. The Hoosiers did take the 2007 contest 4-3, thanks to a hat trick by Kristin Arnold, but prior to that IU was just 1-4-2 in the previous seven contests against Northwestern. Recent history in Evanston has not been kind to the Hoosiers, who have lost consecutive 1-0 contests on the road against NU. IU is, however, 3-3-1 all-time against NU in Evanston.
After a tough opening weekend against Penn State and Ohio State to commence Big Ten play, luck continued to evade the Hoosiers in their second weekend of action. Indiana suffered 1-0 losses to Iowa and Minnesota, the latter coming in overtime, in its first two conference road contests of the 2008 season. After scoring a goal in each of the season's first nine games, IU has now run into a four-game scoring drought in four consecutive 1-0 losses.
In the weekend opener in Iowa City, tough luck continued to befall the Hoosiers, as IU dominated play but a clutch goal by the Hawkeyes sunk Indiana. The Hoosiers outshot their hosts by a margin of 14-7, including an 8-3 edge in the first half, but Iowa scored on a breakaway after an errant header to top IU for the second straight time in Iowa City.
In Sunday's affair with the Golden Gophers, the Hoosiers held an advantage in the early stages of the game, but Minnesota, with seven days of rest heading into the game, came on strong at the end and prevailed in OT with a goal at the 96:29 mark for the winner.
NO DANCE PARTNER
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 its regular season 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
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 13 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.