Hoosiers Set for Gophers, Hawkeyes
Oct. 12, 2007
SETTING THE SCENE
After finishing tied for 10th a season ago, the Gophers and Hawkeyes have both experienced a resurgence in 2007. Each team is 2-1-0 in the Big Ten with wins over MSU and U-M and a loss to Illinois. The Gophers were topped 1-0 by the Illini on Friday last weekend, while U of I dropped the Hawkeyes 6-0 on Sunday.
LAST TIME OUT
McCarthy put the Hoosiers up 1-0 for the second consecutive contest, this time late in the second half with a goal at 72:54. Off a pass from Christie Kotynski, the senior ripped a shot from just outside the box and deflected it off the far post for her third goal of the season. Kotynski was credited with her fifth assist of the year on the play.
From there, the Hoosiers were able to limit the Spartans to just two shots, and the attempts by Kristi Timar and Maureen Pawlak each sailed wide right. Indiana outshot MSU 11-10 in the game as Hollandsworth made a career-high six saves to Lauren Galas' four.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN GOPHERS
After a disappointing 2006, Minnesota has bounced back with a 6-4-1 start to the `07 campaign including a 2-1 record in the conference. The Gophers are led by the strong play of Chelsey Turner in goal (four shutouts, 0.88 GAA) and have the tandem of Lindsey Schwartz and Katie Bethke up front leading the offense. Schwartz has six goals and four assists on the season, while Bethke has posted four goals and six assists for UM. Mikki Denney Wright's squad is assured a berth in the Big Ten Tournament as the host team.
SCOUTING THE HAWKEYES
McCarthy's honor comes on the heels of Player of the Week nods for sophomores Christie Kotynski (9/24) and Kristin Arnold (10/1). It marks the first time in team history that Indiana has had players pick up weekly honors three consecutive times and is just the third time (2004, 2006) that the Hoosiers have picked up three weekly honors in the same season.
McCarthy scored both of Indiana's goals on the weekend to help the Hoosiers get off to a 3-0-1 start in the Big Ten. McCarthy netted a first-half goal against Michigan and scored the game-winner against Michigan State in the 73rd minute. The honor is the first of the senior's career. She has three goals and one assist on the season.
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.
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.
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 leads the team with 15 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 Northwestern, IU netted four scores in back-to-back games for the first time since 1998, when the Hoosiers won 4-0 over Xavier on Sept. 1 and 9-0 over IUPUI on Sept. 6.
Indiana is on pace to break the school record for most team goals scored, as it is averaging 2.00 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
The RPI is the primary ratings system used by the NCAA when determining which teams will receive at-large bids into the NCAA Tournament following the regular season. The NCAA will update the RPI two more times during the season before it selects the 64-team field for the NCAA Tournament. The RPI is scheduled for release on Oct. 22 and Nov. 5.
The Hoosiers also cracked the top 25 in the Soccer Buzz poll this week. The Hoosiers are also in the Top 25 in the Soccer America poll at No. 25.
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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