Hoosiers Head to Illinois, Host Senior Day This Weekend
Oct. 18, 2007
SETTING THE SCENE
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.
LAST TIME OUT
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.
SCOUTING THE FIGHTING ILLINI
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.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN GRIZZLIES
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.
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 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.
PACK YOUR BAGS
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.
UP THE POLLS
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.
ON THE BOARD
A FRESH LOOK
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.
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.
USING HER HEAD
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.
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.
LIKE A BROKEN RECORD
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.
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.
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.
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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