Women's Soccer

    Hoosiers Set for Gophers, Hawkeyes

    Go Hoosiers! Beverly Markwort and the Hoosiers host a pair of crucial conference matches this weekend at Armstrong Stadium.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Beverly Markwort and the Hoosiers host a pair of crucial conference matches this weekend at Armstrong Stadium.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Oct. 12, 2007

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    Indiana will play host to its final two home conference games this season with Minnesota and Iowa coming to Bloomington. The Hoosiers sit atop the Big Ten with a 3-0-1 record and are 9-1-2 overall with an 11-game unbeaten streak. IU picked up four points in a pair of road contests last weekend at Michigan and Michigan State.

    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.

    Behind Lauren Hollandsworth's fourth shutout of the season, the Indiana women's soccer team ran its unbeaten streak to 11 games with a 1-0 win over Michigan State on Sunday. Lindsay McCarthy scored for the second straight game as IU upped its record to 9-1-2 and 3-0-1 in the Big Ten.

    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.



    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.

    In Ron Rainey's second season at the helm, the Hawkeyes have already scored as many conference wins in 2007 as they did from 2003-06. Iowa is 2-1-0 for six points (it had four in 2006) so far in conference play, with defense the story for the Hawks. Lindsey Boldt has six wins and six shutouts this season, though Iowa gave up six tallies to Illinois last Sunday. Jackie Kaeding leads the squad with three goals and six points.

    Senior Lindsay McCarthy rose to the occasion for the Hoosiers last week, scoring IU's only goal in a 1-1 tie against Michigan on Thursday and adding the game-winner in a 1-0 victory against Michigan State on Sunday. For her efforts, the Galloway, N.J., native picked up Big Ten co-Player of the Week honors, the first conference laurels for the fourth-year player.

    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.

    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 IU's first-ever Big Ten game 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.

    With Kristin Arnold's performance against NU and UW, 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. With her weekend, Arnold became the first Hoosier since Kim Grodek in 2004 to be named to the Soccer America Team of the Week. Arnold was the second straight Hoosier to be honored by Soccer Buzz, after Christie Kotynski picked up the award the prior week.

    Though its seven-game winning streak was snapped against Michigan, Indiana is still undefeated in its last 11 contests. Since a season-opening loss to No. 13 Florida, the Hoosiers have not had another blemish on their record.

    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.

    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 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.

    Though the Hoosiers emerged from their weekend with a win and a tie, Indiana saw its streak of scoring two goals or more end at seven games. Still, the Hoosiers have scored goals in nine straight contests, the most since a 10-game streak that stretched from Oct. 28, 2001-Sept. 22, 2002. Indiana has scored 24 goals in 12 games this year after netting just 21 in 20 games in 2006.

    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.

    Through just 12 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. When she tallied a pair of assists against Northwestern, McKay became the first IU player to notch 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.

    The NCAA released its first edition of the RPI rankings on Wednesday, and the Hoosiers found themselves 12th in the nation. Indiana is ranked second among Big Ten teams in the index, behind only Penn State, who is No. 1 in the nation in the RPI. Purdue (42) and Ohio State (44) are the only other Big Ten teams ranked in the RPI Top 50.

    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.

    Armstrong Stadium has provided a significant 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 is 31-11-4 there in his career.

    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.

    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 24 goals scored this season have come from members of the freshman and sophomore classes and 56 of 70 points this season have been scored by those players.

    Just 12 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.

    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.

    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 against Bowling Green on Sept. 12, 1997, a 6-1 IU victory.


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