Hoosiers To Close Regular Season at Purdue
Nov. 1, 2007
SETTING THE SCENE
Both the Hoosiers and Boilers took on Penn State and Ohio State last weekend, with each team dropping one-goal contests to the Lions despite holding a strong edge in shots and scoring opportunities. The Hoosiers had a similar result against Ohio State, while the Boilers came from behind to post a 3-1 victory against the Buckeyes.
LAST TIME OUT
After PSU took a 1-0 lead in the 49th minute, IU knotted the game at 55:18 on a relentless effort by McCarthy. The senior applied heavy pressure to defender Maura Ryan on the right side, and Ryan misplayed her pass to keeper Alyssa Naeher, and McCarthy was able to make a sliding shot into the back of the net for her fourth goal of the season. The Galloway, N.J., native's 12th career goal moved her into sole possession of ninth place on the all-time list.
Katie Schoepfer struck again at 68:20 with her second of the game and 11th of the season. Bedesem sent the ball to the top of the box and Schoepfer turned and sent a sliding shot into the lower left corner to take a 2-1 lead. Bedesem and Aubrey Aden-Buie picked up the assists on the tally.
SCOUTING THE BOILERMAKERS
The Boilers and Hoosiers have had incredibly similar seasons, as Purdue emerged from its opening weekend with a loss (to Louisville) and a tie (against Kentucky) before rolling to a 15-game unbeaten streak (14-0-1). Like IU, Purdue saw a long winning streak snapped with a tie at Michigan as well. The lone differences between the two teams are PU wins over OSU and Illinois, though the Boilers faced the Fighting Illini at home while the Hoosiers traveled to Champaign.
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. Only UTEP is currently within striking distance with five victories of this type, while James Madison and Santa Clara have four each.
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 18-12 in the second half and 3-0 in overtime for a 21-12 margin after the break. Yet, IU has only outshot its opponents by 24 in the second half and has allowed three more corners than it has taken.
A LOOK AHEAD
The Hoosiers can be seeded anywhere from fourth to sixth in the conference championship. A victory for Indiana would give the Hoosiers a tie for third, but Illinois holds the tiebreaker over IU. The Hoosiers would also gain the fourth seed with an OSU loss and a Minnesota loss or tie or with a tie coupled with no win for the Gophers or Buckeyes.
Should Minnesota top Iowa, Indiana would finish sixth with an OSU win and a tie or loss. An IU loss coupled with an OSU tie would also place the Hoosiers in sixth. All other scenarios would have Indiana taking the fifth seed into the conference tournament. The Hoosiers can only face Illinois, Ohio State or Minnesota in the first round on Thursday.
Northwestern is the final team that has already clinched a spot in Minneapolis, though it could finish in either seventh or eighth. A Wildcat loss to Wisconsin paired with an Iowa win over Minnesota would send NU into the eighth seed, but all other scenarios would have Northwestern finishing seventh. The Hawkeyes are currently in eighth, but could still find themselves on the outside looking in. Should Iowa lose to the Gophers and the Badgers top NU, Wisconsin would sneak in with the last playoff slot. Both Michigan and Michigan State have been eliminated from the postseason. The Wolverines were ranked fifth by the coaches before the season while the Spartans were eighth.
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 four losses this season have all come to top-flight teams, as No. 4 Penn State, No. 23 Florida, No. 36 Illinois and No. 42 Ohio State have topped the Hoosiers. IU has also recorded a victory over No. 1 USC, one of just two losses this season for the Women of Troy.
The NCAA will release the updated RPI once more on Monday before it selects the 64-team field for the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 11. The RPI is a formula that combines winning percentage, strength of schedule and opponents' strength of schedule.
With a 2-1 win over Oakland on Nov. 21, 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.
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.
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.
Still, Indiana rebounded with a 2-1 win over Oakland on Sunday, Oct. 21, to help IU improve to 12-2-2 on the 2007 season. Despite back-to-back losses, the Hoosiers still sit at 12-4-2 on the 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 team 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 .722.
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 1.71 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.
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 17 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.
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 1.12 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 a 1-0 win over Iowa on Oct. 12, 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 .716 save percentage and a 1.04 goals against average this season.
ON THE BOARD
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