Hoosiers Take to Road for Pair of Big Ten Clashes
Oct. 25, 2007
SETTING THE SCENE
With three games remaining in the regular season, Indiana sits at 12-2-2 with a 5-1-1 mark in league play. The Hoosiers will face first-place Purdue in the season finale following this weekend's contests against second-place Penn State and fifth-place Ohio State. All four teams, along with fourth-place Illinois and host Minnesota, have assured themselves of berths in the Big Ten Tournament.
LAST TIME OUT
Boots netted the game winner at 81:39 off a wild scramble in front of the net. Kristin Arnold ripped a shot from in the box that was stopped by a Grizzly defender. After OU cleared it off the goal line, Boots wound and ripped a shot from 25 yards that tucked just under the crossbar for the sophomore's first goal of the season.
The Hoosiers tied the game just over two minutes into the second half on Chloe McKay's third goal of the season. With IU swarming the box, an attempted clear came to the freshman in the far corner of the box. The Suffield, Conn., native crushed a left-footed shot into the lower right corner to tie the game at 1-1 with 42:59 remaining.
SCOUTING THE BUCKEYES
Ohio State is coming off a weekend road split in the Big Ten, taking an overtime win over Minnesota but falling to the Hawkeyes in overtime in Iowa City. The Buckeyes have been a force at home, going 9-0-0 in Columbus, including a 3-0-0 record in the conference. It has been a different story on the road, though, as the Buckeyes are just 1-6-0 outside of Columbus. Lara Dickenmann leads the offense with four goals and five assists, while Lauren Robertson has been strong in goal with six shutouts and a 1.08 goals against average.
SCOUTING THE NITTANY LIONS
The six come-from-behind wins are the most in Mick Lyon's tenure. Amazingly, in his previous five years at the helm of IUWS, Lyon had posted just five comeback victories. In fact, the Hoosiers have posted more wins in this fashion than any other team in the country. The rest of the Big Ten has combined for nine come-from-behind wins, with three teams tied for second with two.
A big part of IU's ability to come from behind has come from its increase in offense after halftime. The Hoosiers have outscored their opponents 17-9 in the second half and 3-0 in overtime for a 20-9 margin after the break. Interestingly enough, IU has only outshot its opponents by 22 in the second half and has allowed seven more corners than it has taken.
With Sunday's 2-1 win over Oakland, IU wrapped up the first undefeated season at home in program history. The 1998 squad came the closest, but wound up 8-1-0 after a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Missouri. Indiana tied in its home opener against Loyola Marymount in 2007 and ran off nine straight home wins to finish off the season. Ohio State (9-0) and Penn State (5-0-1) are the only other Big Ten teams that are currently undefeated at home.
IU has not had a losing record at Armstrong in Mick Lyon's tenure, as the coach is 34-11-4 there in his six-year career, including a 19-2-3 mark in his last 24 contests.
Still, Indiana rebounded with a 2-1 win over Oakland on Sunday to give the Hoosiers a 12-2-2 mark on the 2007 season. The 12 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 12 wins are tied for the second-most all-time, joining the inaugural 1993 team that went 12-6-0. The Hoosiers are gunning for a school record in winning percentage as well. The 1993 (.667) and 1998 (.630) are 1-2 in that category, while the 2007 Hoosiers are currently at .813.
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.
With four goals against Minnesota on Oct. 12, 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 within reach of breaking the school record for most team goals scored, as it is averaging 1.94 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
Purdue and Penn State also clinched berths the same weekend as the Hoosiers, while Illinois' win over IU on Friday pushed the Fighting Illini into the eight-team field. Ohio State clinched its berth on Friday as well, topping Minnesota 2-1 in overtime. The Golden Gophers are the sixth team that has assured itself a spot in the tourney, as it gets an automatic bid for hosting the tournament.
That leaves five teams in the hunt for the final two spots, with Iowa leading the way at 3-4-0. The Hawkeyes can clinch a berth with a win over Wisconsin on Friday night in Madison. Northwestern sits at 2-3-2 and controls its own destiny, but Michigan, Wisconsin and Michigan State are all still alive.
Ohio State is ranked 42nd, giving the conference five teams ranked in the top 50. Only the Pac-10, the ACC, the SEC and the Big East can boast that accomplishment. Ten of the 11 conference teams are ranked in the top 100, with Michigan State the lone exception. Indiana's two losses this season have both come to top-flight teams, as No. 23 Florida and No. 36 Illinois have topped the Hoosiers. IU has also recorded a victory over No. 2 USC, the only loss this season for the Women of Troy.
The NCAA will release the updated RPI once more (Nov. 5) before it selects the 64-team field for the NCAA Tournament. The RPI is a formula that combines winning percentage, strength of schedule and opponents' strength of schedule.
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. 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 15 starts in the midfield this year. She is third on the team with 12 points on the 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.
IN THE POLLS
It was a one-week stay for the Hoosiers in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll, but IU is still third among those also receiving votes. The Hoosiers remained in the Soccer Buzz poll, but fell to the 30th slot. The Hoosiers were ranked in 24th and 22nd, respectively, in the polls last week. Penn State and Purdue are ranked ahead of Indiana in both polls, as both teams are in the top 15. Illinois surpassed the Hoosiers in the Soccer Buzz poll, clocking in at No. 29.
In the Great Lakes region, IU fell to sixth according to the NSCAA and fifth per Soccer Buzz.
THIS BOOTS IS MADE FOR SCORING
Boots has also posted a pair of assists this season and has been one of the leaders of a young defense that has allowed its opponents just 1.08 goals per game. This summer, Boots led her Carmel United Cyclones club team to the Under-19 United States Youth Soccer Association National Championship. Carmel took the title with a 2-0 victory over previously unbeaten PWSI Cardinals of Virginia and Region 1. Carmel scored six goals and allowed just four in its four games at the national championships.
A FRESH LOOK
With last weekend'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 .738 save percentage and a 0.99 goals against average this season.
ON THE BOARD
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, Kotynski one-upped herself with two goals and an assist in IU's 4-0 victory over the Evansville. 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 and a Freshman All-American by Soccer Buzz.
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