Women's Soccer

    Key Game At Minnesota Closes Out Regular Season For Hoosiers

    Go Hoosiers! Lauren Hollandsworth
    Go Hoosiers!
    Lauren Hollandsworth
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 5, 2009

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's soccer team is in search of its second trip to the NCAA Tournament in three season and a win at Minnesota would go a long way in helping them reach that plateau. The Hoosiers suffered a crushing 2-1 loss in double overtime against arch-rival and No. 23 Purdue at Armstrong Stadium. The Boilers got the game-winner with just 21 seconds left on the clock in the second OT period. IU took the lead 1-0 just 25 seconds into the first half but Purdue matched it two minutes later. The loss was just the second of the year at home for the Hoosiers after they dropped a 2-1 decison to Penn State just four days earlier.

    Minnesota is coming off a 1-0 win at home against Northwestern last Friday, their first win in their last five conference games.

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    The Hoosiers suffered their first loss at home to Penn State on Thrursday last week, 2-1, and then suffered a tough 2-1 loss in double overtime to Purdue, 2-1 on Tuesday. Against Purdue, the Indiana took a 1-0 lead just 25 seconds into the second half when Carly Samp beat her defender along the endline and left a perfect pass in the middle of the box for Chloe McKay who put home her second goal of the season. For Samp, it put her in a tie for the team lead with five assists. Purdue answered with the equalizer just two minutes later and then got the game winner with just 21 seconds left in the second overtime period. IU goalkeeper made a career high nine saves in the game, besting her previous high of eight against Purdue in the NCAA Tournament in 2007.

    The Golden Gophers have just one win in their last five conference games, and that came their last time out at home against Northwestern. Overall, Minnesota is 7-2-1 at home this season and 2-2 in conference play on its home turf.

    Katie Bethke is far and away the leading offensive threat for the Gophers, as she has accumulated 28 points on the year on 11 goals and six assists. Tamara Strahota is next with five goals while Julie Rezac and Shari Eckstrom have four assists apiece.

    In goal, Cat Parkhill has played all but 67 minutes this season and has allowed just 14 goals, which is good for a 0.73 goals against average. She has made 55 saves on her way to eight shutouts this year.

    Junior goalkeeper Lauren Hollandsworth has been thrust into action in goal recently following injuries to Lindsay Campbell and Lex Dickison. She is 2-2 on the year and has made 16 saves on the year, including a career-high nine saves against No. 23 Purude on Tuesday.

    Hollandsworth was the starting goalkeeper in 2007, her freshman year, and led the Hoosiers to an NCAA Tournament appearnace. That year, they advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history.

    Junior midfielder Chloe McKay has been in the right place at the right time lately for the Hoosiers, accumulating three points over the past two games. Against Penn State, she assisted on Jocelyn Moses' game-tying goal and then gave the Hoosiers the lead against Purdue with her second goal of the year.

    The selection show for the NCAA Tournament will be held on Monday, Nov. 9, at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPNews.




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