Women's Soccer

    Hoosiers Head to Illinois, Host Senior Day This Weekend

    Go Hoosiers! Beverly Markwort is one of five senior players who will be recognized at Senior Day on Sunday.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Beverly Markwort is one of five senior players who will be recognized at Senior Day on Sunday.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Oct. 18, 2007

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    Indiana begins the weekend with a pivotal road conference game when it travels to Illinois on Friday at 7 p.m. CDT. The contest will mark the first of four Big Ten games away from Armstrong Stadium for the Hoosiers to wrap up the season. The Fighting Illini are in fourth place with a 3-2-1 record for 10 points in the conference.

    On Sunday, IU hosts Oakland for Senior Day on Yeagley Field. The game will be the final home regular season contest for Hoosier seniors Beverly Markwort, Lindsay McCarthy, Kate Nierman, Katy Stewart and Suzie Teixeira. It is also the final non-conference affair for Indiana in the 2007 campaign.

    The Indiana women's soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to 13 games with a 1-0 overtime victory over Iowa on Sunday. Kristin Arnold netted the golden goal for the Hoosiers at 97:52 for her ninth goal of the season and eighth goal in Big Ten play.

    Nikki Bonacorsi set up the game-winner with a nice pass into the box in the 98th minute. Arnold brought the ball to her feet, wound up and drilled a shot toward the net from 15 yards. The attempt deflected off a Hawkeye defender and into the lower right corner to move the Hoosiers to 11-1-2 (5-0-1 Big Ten) on the season. Lauren Hollandsworth made a pair of stops for IU to register her fifth shutout of the year.



    Indiana remains tied with Purdue for the conference lead with 16 points on the season. Penn State (5-0-0) is undefeated and untied, but has played one fewer game than the Hoosiers and Boilermakers. IU is now 3-0-2 in overtime games this season.

    After a season where it finished second and took home Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors, Illinois has had an up-and-down start to the 2007 campaign. U of I sits in fourth place in the conference at 3-2-1, but can make up plenty of ground against the Hoosiers and Purdue this weekend.

    Illinois dropped road contests to Ohio State and Penn State earlier this year, which is exactly where both the Boilers and IU will be headed next weekend. Illinois is 5-1-1 at home, with its only loss coming at the hands of current No. 16 Missouri in the season opener. Northwestern fought to a scoreless tie against U of I on Friday.

    Since opening the season 2-6, Oakland has a five-game unbeaten streak, including road wins over IUPUI and Detroit. The Golden Grizzlies have netted 15 goals, seven coming from Kristi Tomczyk, and have let up 21 in 13 games so far this season. The Hoosiers are 1-1-0 all-time against OU.

    Sophomore Kristin Arnold has put together one of the best offensive seasons in recent memory so far in 2007. Her nine goals are tied for the fourth most in a single season in IU history, while her 20 points are tied for eighth on the all-time list. Through just six conference games, she has already set marks for goals (8) and points (16) in Big Ten contests as well.

    After scoring five goals against Northwestern and Wisconsin two weeks prior, Arnold lit up the scoreboard again against Minnesota and Iowa. The sophomore scored the first and fourth IU goals against Minnesota in a 4-2 victory, then notched her second overtime game winner of the season against Iowa, breaking a scoreless deadlock in the 98th minute. Against the Hawkeyes, she set a school record with 12 shots, which is tied for the fourth-most in Big Ten history.

    The Beavercreek, Ohio, native had quite a weekend against NU and UW, netting her first career hat trick in a 4-3 victory over the Wildcats. Against Wisconsin, she completed her weekend with a pair of first-half goals to lead the Hoosiers to a 2-0 victory.

    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. Arnold became just the second Hoosier to score five goals in two games, as Kim Grodek turned the trick in the first two contests of 2004.

    While Arnold came up short in her quest to become the first player in school history to win Big Ten Player of the Week honors twice in a career, let alone a single season, the sophomore did collect national recognition for her efforts against the Gophers and Hawkeyes. She was named to the Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week and the Soccer America Team of the Week for the second time this season, becoming the first Hoosier to pick up those honors more than once in a career or a single season. PSU's Zoe Bouchelle broke a string of three straight Big Ten POW wins for the Hoosiers.

    LUCKY 13?
    With two more conference victories, Indiana has stretched its unbeaten string to 13 games (11-0-2). Since a season-opening loss to No. 13 Florida, the Hoosiers have not had another blemish on their record. Included in that run is a 2-1, overtime victory over current No. 3 USC on Sept. 9, the only loss for the Women of Troy this year.

    This marks the second straight season that the Hoosiers have put together a 13-game unbeaten streak. 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 two streaks are tied for 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 11 wins for the Hoosiers are the most since the 1998 squad went 14-8-1. That season, IU earned its only at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and the only tourney victory in school history. Indiana's 11 wins are tied for the third most all-time, behind the 1998 squad and the inaugural 1993 team that went 12-6-0.

    With five more goals over the weekend, Indiana continued its offensive firepower during the 2007 season. The Hoosiers have scored goals in 11 straight contests, the most since a 12-game streak last season. However, Indiana has scored 29 goals in 14 games this year after netting just 21 in 20 games in 2006.

    With four goals against Minnesota, IU netted four scores for the fourth time this season, having done so against Jacksonville, Evansville and Northwestern. The 1993 Hoosiers are the only other squad to have scored four or more goals in four different matches. IU's four goals against the Wildcats and Golden Gophers matched its record for Big Ten contests, as IU scored four goals against a conference opponent for the fourth and fifth times, respectively.

    Indiana is on pace to break the school record for most team goals scored, as it is averaging 2.07 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.

    Indiana's two wins over the weekend, coupled with losses for Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin, assured the Hoosiers of a sixth consecutive trip to the Big Ten Tournament. Minnesota will host the weekend event from Nov. 8-11 at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium in Minneapolis. The Hoosiers, who currently sit in a tie with Purdue for first in the conference at 5-0-1, have not been seeded higher than fourth since 1998.

    Additionally, Indiana got some good news concerning its chances at an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament with the first edition of the Ratings Percentage Index coming out on Oct. 10. 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 are ranked 12th in the country, the second-highest rating among Big Ten teams. IU is behind 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. IU is sixth in its non-conference RPI ranking after going 6-1-1 in non-conference action. The Hoosiers have a 7-1-2 mark against teams in the Top 100 and a 10-1-2 record against Top-150 squads.

    1-2 PUNCH
    Against Minnesota, Kristin Arnold and Leigh Anne Cummings scored just 48 seconds apart to make a 2-0 Hoosier lead turn into a 4-0 advantage for the home squad. Amazingly, it is the second time this season that those two have teamed up to score twice in under a minute. After Cummings scored with six seconds to play, Arnold's goal 49 seconds into overtime against USC gave the Hoosiers two strikes in a span of just 55 seconds on the clock against the Women of Troy. The two scores are 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.

    With its 13-game unbeaten streak, Indiana continues to climb in both the national and regional polls. The Hoosiers received their first Top-25 ranking from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America of the season, clocking in at No. 24.

    IU also climbed in the Soccer America and Soccer Buzz polls, moving up to No. 22 and 23, respectively. The Hoosiers were previously ranked 25th in both polls. Penn State and Purdue are the only other Big Ten squads to be ranked ahead of Indiana, as both teams are in the top eight in all three major polls. The Soccer Buzz ranking is the second-highest Indiana has ever achieved from the publication.

    In the Great Lakes region, IU remained in third according to both the NSCAA and Soccer Buzz. Penn State and Purdue are 1-2 according to the coaches, with Indiana tied for third with Notre Dame. In the Buzz rankings, Purdue and Notre Dame occupy the top two spots.

    Armstrong Stadium has provided a significant home field advantage for the Hoosiers since the program started, as IU has a 73-41-8 mark all-time at the facility. But that strength has been magnified over the last two seasons, as the Hoosiers have an 8-0-1 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 33-11-4 there in his six-year career.

    Near the end of the second half against Minnesota, freshman Jocelyn Moses took a long cross from Jessica Boots and put it in the back of the net for her first career tally. Moses, an Indianapolis native, became the sixth Hoosier to notch her first career goal this season. She joined freshmen Chloe McKay and Leigh Anne Cummings, sophomores Kelly Lawrence and Natalie O'Bryan and junior Ashley Seib in that category.

    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-five of the 29 goals scored this season have come from members of the freshman and sophomore classes and 69 of 84 points (82.1 percent) this season have been scored by those players.

    The Hoosiers entered the season with very little experience at goalkeeper, but so far freshman Lauren Hollandsworth has shown great things in her Indiana career. Hollandsworth made her college debut against Florida, making five saves in a losing effort. She played the final 57:44 in net the next game against Jacksonville, making one save, and since that point she has played every minute in goal for the Hoosiers.

    With Sunday's 1-0 win over Iowa, Hollandsworth picked up her fifth shutout of the season and her 11th win. Each of those totals mark the top numbers by a freshman keeper in school history. The Chesapeake, Va., native has a .760 save percentage and a 0.85 goals against average this season.

    Through just 14 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 six assists on the season and also has two goals, as the left-footed shooter 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 made 13 starts in the midfield this year. She is third on the team with 10 points on the season.

    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 on Sept. 24, 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. The tally, which came off a corner, 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. Kotynski is second on the team in goals (5), assists (5) and points (15) 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.

    Senior Lindsay McCarthy rose to the occasion for the Hoosiers two weeks ago, 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.

    The Hoosier offense has seen a vast improvement for the 2007 season, as Indiana has converted 29 goals on 219 shots in 14 games. Though the 2006 squad set a school record with 295 shots, it was only able to muster 21 goals for the entire season. What that adds up to is a shooting percentage increase from 7.1 percent to 13.2 percent from last year to this year. Indiana is also on the way to breaking last year's record for shots, as it is averaging 15.6 per game (14.8 in 2006).

    The team's scoring output has led to several individuals taking aim at the single-season record book. Kristin Arnold is already in a tie for fourth with her nine goals on the season, while her 20 points are tied for eighth. Freshman Chloe McKay (6 assists) is only two shy of the school record, while Christie Kotynski is only four points away from reaching the top 10.

    Arnold, who has already set IU's single-season record for goals in conference play, is amazingly tied for third in career Big Ten goals among Hoosiers with nine. Only Kim Grodek (12) and Kris Fosdick (10) are ahead of the sophomore.

    Just 14 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. After netting IU's third goal in a 4-2 win over Minnesota, Cummings has scored three game-winning goals on the season (the others came 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.

    When Kristin Arnold scored at the 90:49 mark against No. 13 USC on Sunday, Sept. 9, she gave IU its first win over a ranked opponent since a 2-1 victory over No. 22 Michigan on Sept. 30, 2005. It also marked the highest-ranked opponent Indiana has defeated since a 2-1, overtime victory over No. 9 Northwestern on Oct 4, 1998. The game was also revenge for the Hoosiers, who faced No. 18 USC two years ago in Los Angeles and came out on the short end of a 6-0 score.

    Indiana took first place in the Hoosier Classic with a 1-0-1 record in the tourney. USC took second with a 1-1 mark, while Maryland finished third with an identical 1-1 record. Loyola Maryount finished 0-1-1 after a 3-0 loss to the Terrapins.

    Against Ball State on Sept. 16, 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 on the 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.

    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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