Women's Soccer

    Hoosiers To Close Regular Season at Purdue

    Go Hoosiers! Leading scorer Kristin Arnold and the Hoosiers will travel to West Lafayette, Ind., for a matchup with arch-rival Purdue on Friday.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Leading scorer Kristin Arnold and the Hoosiers will travel to West Lafayette, Ind., for a matchup with arch-rival Purdue on Friday.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 1, 2007

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    SETTING THE SCENE
    Indiana will close out its regular season with Friday's edition of the "Battle for the Golden Boot" against arch-rival Purdue in West Lafayette on Friday at 4 p.m. The Boilermakers have a shot at the Big Ten title on the line, as a Purdue win and a Penn State loss would give the Boilers their first league crown. A win would give the Hoosiers a tie for third place in the Big Ten with Illinois and would clinch the No. 4 seed in the Big Ten Tournament.

    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
    For the second consecutive game, the Indiana women's soccer team played a strong road contest but came up on the wrong end of a one-goal decision, falling 2-1 to No. 13 Penn State on Sunday. Lindsay McCarthy scored the lone goal for the Hoosiers (12-4-2, 5-3-1 Big Ten), who outshot the Nittany Lions 11-7 in the contest.

    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
    Purdue enters its final regular-season game with a 15-2-2 record and a No. 8 national ranking. Offensively, PU has four great playmakers in Parrissa Eyorokon (10g, 4a, 24p), Shauna Stapleton (8g, 7a, 23p), Loredana Riverso (7g, 5a, 19p) and Jessica Okorafo (3g, 7a, 13p). Jenny Bradfisch has been strong in net as well, posting a 0.54 goals against average and a .808 save percentage with four shutouts. Rob Klatte is in his 10th year as Purdue's head coach.

    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.

    COMEBACK KIDS
    After falling behind 1-0 to Oakland on Sunday, Oct. 21, 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. 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
    Indiana is one of seven teams that have clinched a spot in the Big Ten Tournament heading into the final weekend, but only Illinois (6-3-1) has wrapped up its seed as the Illini will be the third seed in the conference. Penn State can clinch its 10th straight regular-season title and the No. 1 seed with a win or a tie against Ohio State on Friday, while a loss coupled with a Purdue win over IU would give the Boilers the top seed.

    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.

    POSTSEASON PROSPECTS
    Indiana remained in 12th place in the Ratings Percentage Index rankings, released on Tuesday, Oct. 23. Indiana is currently 12-4-2 with a 5-3-1 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 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.

    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 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.

    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 nine conference games, she has 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.

    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, 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.

    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.

    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 32 goals scored this season have come from members of the freshman and sophomore classes and 73 of 90 points (81.1 percent) this season have been scored by those players.

    SCORING SURGE
    With 32 goals on the season, Indiana has shown strong offensive firepower during the 2007 season. Indiana has scored 32 goals in 18 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 1.71 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.

    MAC ATTACK
    Through just 18 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 17 starts in the midfield this year. She is third on the team with 12 points on the season.

    LIKE A BROKEN RECORD
    The Hoosier offense has seen a vast improvement for the 2007 season, as Indiana has converted 32 goals on 277 shots in 18 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 11.6 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 15.4 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.

    THIS BOOTS IS MADE FOR SCORING
    Sophomore Jessica Boots came through in the clutch for the Hoosiers on Sunday, Oct. 21, 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 1.12 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
    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 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
    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 against the Gophers 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.

    SHOOTING GALLERY
    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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