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    Hoosiers Take to Road for Pair of Big Ten Clashes

    Go Hoosiers! Lindsay McCarthy and the Hoosiers take on Ohio State and Penn State on the road this weekend.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Lindsay McCarthy and the Hoosiers take on Ohio State and Penn State on the road this weekend.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Oct. 25, 2007

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    SETTING THE SCENE
    Indiana faces a pivotal road weekend in conference play as it travels to Ohio State and Penn State this weekend. The Hoosiers will face the Buckeyes on Friday at 7:30 p.m. EDT before traveling to University Park, Pa., for a 1 p.m. contest on Sunday. Sunday's game will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.

    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
    Jessica Boots' goal with 8:21 to play gave Indiana a 2-1 victory over Oakland on Sunday. The victory marked IU's sixth come-from-behind win on the season and finished off an undefeated home season (9-0-1). The Hoosiers improved to 12-2-2 (5-1-1 Big Ten) on the year.

    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 13th-ranked Nittany Lions enter this weekend having suffered the first blemish on their Big Ten record, as Minnesota dealt PSU a 1-0, overtime loss on Sunday. Like the Buckeyes, Penn State is undefeated at home with a 5-0-1 record, including a 1-1 tie with No. 5 Texas A&M. Katie Schoepfer leads the offense with nine goals, while Aubrey Aden-Buie has eight. Alyssa Naeher has posted seven shutouts in net.

    COMEBACK KIDS
    After falling behind 1-0 to Oakland on Sunday, the Hoosiers rallied for a pair of second-half goals to earn a 2-1 victory. The come-from-behind win was Indiana's sixth of the season, as it also earned victories over Jacksonville, USC, Samford, Butler and Northwestern after falling behind its opponents.

    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.

    ARMSTRENGTH
    Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium has provided a significant home field advantage for the Hoosiers since the program started, as IU has a 73-42-8 mark all-time at the facility. But that strength has been magnified over the last two seasons, as the Hoosiers finished off the 2007 regular season a 9-0-1 record there after posting a 6-1-1 mark on Yeagley Field in 2006.

    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.

    UNLUCKY 13
    For the second straight season, Indiana put together a 13-game unbeaten streak only to fall one game short of the school record. During the 2007 streak, the Hoosiers went 11-0-2 with three overtime victories and five come-from-behind wins. 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.

    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.

    ARNIE'S ARMY
    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.

    HONORS APLENTY
    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.

    SCORING SURGE
    With two more goals over the weekend, Indiana continued its offensive firepower during the 2007 season. Though the Hoosiers saw their 11-game scoring streak snapped by Illinois on Friday, Indiana has scored 31 goals in 16 games this year after netting just 21 in 20 games in 2006.

    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
    Indiana's wins over Minnesota and Iowa 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 third behind Purdue and Penn State, have not been seeded higher than fourth since 1998.

    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.

    POSTSEASON PROSPECTS
    Indiana remained in 12th place in the Ratings Percentage Index rankings, released on Tuesday, Oct. 23. Indiana is currently 12-2-2 with a 5-1-1 record in Big Ten play. The Hoosiers are second among Big Ten teams in the rankings, which are used by the NCAA committee to select the field of 64 for the NCAA Tournament. Penn State sits at No. 4, down from the top spot two weeks prior. Big Ten leader Purdue is next at No. 25, while Illinois sits at No. 36.

    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.

    MAC ATTACK
    Through just 16 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. Against Oakland, she netted a goal in the 48th minute, placing a nifty shot low to the far side to tie the game at 1-1 for her third goal of the season.

    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.

    YOUTH MOVEMENT
    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-seven of the 31 goals scored this season have come from members of the freshman and sophomore classes and 73 of 88 points (83 percent) this season have been scored by those players.

    LIKE A BROKEN RECORD
    The Hoosier offense has seen a vast improvement for the 2007 season, as Indiana has converted 31 goals on 252 shots in 16 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 12.3 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 15.8 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.

    IN THE POLLS
    Illinois' 3-0 victory over Indiana snapped its 13-game unbeaten streak on Friday, but Indiana remained on the cusp of most of the national rankings.

    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
    Sophomore Jessica Boots came through in the clutch for the Hoosiers on Sunday, netting the game-winning goal on a shot from 25 yards to give the Hoosiers a 2-1 victory. It was the first goal of the season for the defender and the second of her career, each of which has been a game winner.

    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
    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 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.

    TERRIFIC TRIFECTA
    When senior Lindsay McCarthy picked up Big Ten co-Player of the Week honors on Oct. 8, she gave the Hoosiers three consecutive weekly laurels from the conference. McCarthy's honor followed 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. In week four, Kristin Arnold scored three goals, but was narrowly edged by PSU's Zoe Bouchelle in the bid for four in a row.

    ON THE BOARD
    Near the end of the second half against Minnesota on Oct. 14, 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.

    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.

    USING HER HEAD
    Though just a sophomore, Christie Kotynski has already established herself as one of the top players in the air in the Big Ten. She solidified her position on Sept. 24, being 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, 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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