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    Hoosiers Ready for Big Ten Tournament

    Go Hoosiers! Senior Katy Stewart and the Hoosiers travel to Minneapolis for the 2007 Big Ten Tournament, where they will face Ohio State in the first round on Thursday at 2 p.m.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior Katy Stewart and the Hoosiers travel to Minneapolis for the 2007 Big Ten Tournament, where they will face Ohio State in the first round on Thursday at 2 p.m.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 7, 2007

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    SETTING THE SCENE
    Indiana returns to the Big Ten Tournament for the sixth consecutive season, as it is the fourth seed in the 2007 event. The Hoosiers finished fourth in the conference with a 5-4-1 record, just ahead of fifth seed Ohio State and sixth seed and host Minnesota, as each team went 5-5-0 on the year.

    The Hoosiers finished in the top half of the conference for the second season in a row, the first time in program history that IU has been in the top half in back-to-back years. The fourth-place finish marked the third time that Indiana has been the four seed, while the 1998 squad, finishing third, had the best regular season finish in school history. With a 12-5-2 record, IU is taking aim at the 1998 squad's record 14 victories.

    LAST TIME VS. OSU
    Indiana played a hard-fought road game, but wound up on the short end of a 1-0 score against Ohio State. OSU got on the board at 72:29 with Alex Burzynski netting her fifth goal of the season. Burzynski moved into the box and found just enough breathing room to sneak a lofting shot over keeper Lauren Hollandsworth and just inside the near side post to make the score 1-0. Amanda Ball and Emily Esbrook were credited with assists on the play.

    Indiana had a strong opportunity in the 21st minute with Kristin Arnold narrowly missing her 10th goal of the season. The sophomore ripped a shot from 30 yards and sailed it toward the upper part of the net. The shot glanced off the crossbar and the rebound came to Leigh Anne Cummings, whose shot carried just wide of the net. The Hoosiers posted nine shots in the frame, placing three shots on net.

    IU hit the crossbar again just over a minute into the second half. Arnold took a corner from the near side and sent the ball to Chloe McKay just outside the 18. The freshman ripped a shot that glanced off the bar and to Liz Holby on the far side, but OSU was able to disrupt the attempt and clear the ball.

    SCOUTING THE BUCKEYES
    Ohio State has put together a solid season under 11th year head coach Lori Walker. The Buckeyes finished the regular season 11-8-0 and 5-5-0 in the Big Ten, but lost three of their last four games - their lone win in that span over the Hoosiers. OSU had an incredibly strong home season, going 10-2-0 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Its only two home losses came in the final two matches - to Big Ten frontrunners Penn State and Purdue.

    The Buckeyes are led offensively by Big Ten Player of the Year candidate Lara Dickenmann, who leads the team with 13 points out of the midfield. Also providing veteran leadership up front is senior Lisa Collison (4g, 3a, 11p). Freshman of the Year candidate Alex Burzynski leads the team with five goals and scored the Buckeye goal against the Hoosiers. Defensively, sophomore keeper Lauren Robertson has a 1.13 goals against average on the year.

    TOURNAMENT SNAPSHOT
    For the 10th consecutive season, Penn State enters the Big Ten Tournament as the conference's No. 1 seed. The Nittany Lions take on Iowa in the first round, as the Hawkeyes return to the Big Ten Tournament for the first time since 1999. Ron Rainey's bunch put together a solid 4-6-0 record in conference action, and may have deserved even better, as the Hawks suffered overtime losses against Purdue and Indiana and dropped an even, 1-0 contest to the Lions in the regular season. The winner of the Indiana/OSU match takes on the PSU/Iowa winner in the second round.

    Purdue and Northwestern square off in the 2/7 match at 5 p.m. on Thursday, as the Boilermakers have the second-best win-loss record in the nation at 16-2-2. The Wildcats are back in the tournament for the second straight year, and are looking to play spoiler to PU. The Wildcats entered last season's tourney as the eighth seed, and took host PSU to the brink in a 3-2 contest. NU finished with a 4-4-2 conference mark, its best since going 5-4-1 in 2004. The regular season matchup between the Boilers and Wildcats was a lopsided, 5-0 victory for PU in West Lafayette, but NU rebounded to allow just one goal in its last six conference games.

    The winner of that contest will face the better of Illinois-Minnesota, as the third seeded Illini face the hosts in the opening round. Since taking a pair of road losses, to Penn State and Ohio State, U of I has caught fire, ripping off a 6-1-1 mark with its only loss coming at Purdue. After a one-year absence, Minnesota returns to the Big Ten Tournament on the strength of a 5-5-0 conference mark, and was one win away from matching the 2005 squad's 6-4-0 finish. The Gophers were the lone squad to knock off Penn State in conference play, taking a 1-0, double overtime victory over the Lions. The Gophers were bested in the regular season matchup against Illinois, as the Illini took a 1-0 decision in Champaign, outshooting the Gophers 27-7.

    A LOOK BACK AT THE 2006 TOURNAMENT
    In one of the strangest games of the 2006 season, fourth seed Indiana lost a 2-1 contest to fifth seed Michigan in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament. In a span of four minutes, each team put a tally on the board courtesy an own goal, the only two such goals in an IU game last season. Michigan junior Lindsey McDonald then scored the winning goal at 28:18 on a brilliant shot that tucked just inside the far post and under the crossbar, sending Michigan to the second round and helping the Wolverines earn a bid in the NCAA Tournament.

    Host Penn State won the tourney crown, but it had to survive a furious effort from Northwestern in the first round before moving on to a pair of impressive victories over Michigan and Illinois in the semifinals and finals, respectively. The Illini worked their way to the finals match with shutout victories over Wisconsin (3-0) and Purdue (1-0) before falling 3-1 to the Lions. The Boilers had the most exciting first-round contest, taking a 2-1, overtime win over Ohio State.

    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.

    ACADEMIC HONORS
    Senior Katy Stewart and sophomore Kristin Arnold have been named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District V Second Team in the University Division. It is the first Academic All-District honor for either Indiana women's soccer player. In 2006, senior Carrie DeFreece was named to the District V First Team, while Carly Everett (2002 and 2003) and Kim Grodek (2004) each were honored with Academic All-District recognition.

    Stewart, a business/accounting major from Bloomington, is a senior co-captain in her fourth year for the Hoosiers. The midfielder/defender has started every game for the Hoosiers this season and has led one of the youngest teams in the conference to a 12-4-2 record so far in 2007. Stewart has two assists to her credit this season and has two goals and three assists in her IU career.

    Arnold is an education major from Beavercreek, Ohio, and is Indiana's leading scorer in her second season as a Hoosier. She has twice been named to the Soccer America and Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week. She earned her first Big Ten Player of the Week honor on Oct. 1 after scoring the sixth hat trick in IU history against Northwestern and following that with a pair of goals against Wisconsin. She added three of Indiana's five goals two weeks later when the Hoosiers topped Minnesota and Iowa.

    Arnold has scored nine goals this season, tied for the fourth most in Indiana history, while her 20 points place her eighth on the single-season list. She has set school records for goals (8) and points (16) in Big Ten games this season and is third all-time in Big Ten goals scored with nine in her IU career.

    POSTSEASON PROSPECTS
    Indiana remained strong in the final edition of the Ratings Percentage Index rankings, released on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Indiana clocked in at No. 18 on the list.

    The RPI is a formula that combines winning percentage, strength of schedule and opponents' strength of schedule. The rankings are one of the methods used by the NCAA committee to select the field of 64 for the NCAA Tournament.

    The Hoosiers are one of three Big Ten teams in the top 18, led by No. 1 Penn State and No. 13 Purdue. Ohio State (No. 36) and Illinois (No. 38) are both in the top 40 in the rankings, while Northwestern (No. 48) gave the Big Ten five teams in the top 50. Iowa (No. 64) and Minnesota (No. 76) are also in the top 100 from the conference.

    All of Indiana's losses this season have come to top-flight teams, as all five are ranked 38th or higher. IU has also recorded a victory over No. 4 USC, the one of just two losses this season for the Women of Troy.

    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 Sunday, 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.

    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 the recent losing streak, the Hoosiers still sit at 12-5-2 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 .684.

    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.

    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 placing itself with some of the best teams of all-time with its offensive output. 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. Those two, along with the 1996 (37) and 1997 (40) squads are the only teams to have scored more than the 2007 Hoosiers.

    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.

    LIKE A BROKEN RECORD
    The Hoosier offense has seen a vast improvement for the 2007 season, as Indiana has converted 32 goals on 285 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 11.2 percent from last year to this year.

    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.

    MAC ATTACK
    Through just 19 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.

    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 1.36 goals against average and five shutouts this season.

    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.

    A LITTLE ENGLISH
    A year after being named second team All-Big Ten, sophomore defender Kelly Lawrence has backed up her unanimous selection to the All-Freshman Team a season ago. The Chigwell, Essex, England, native has emerged as one of the top 1-v-1 defenders in the conference and has one goal and one assist on the season. This summer, she helped the England U-19 team to a runner-up finish at the 2007 U-19 UEFA Cup in Reykjavik, Iceland.

    QUICK STRIKE
    Against Ball State on Sept. 16, Chloe McKay got the Hoosiers on the board with a goal from just outside the box 1:53 into the game. That marked the second time on the season that a Hoosier has scored in the opening three minutes, as Natalie O'Bryan scored at 2:45 against Jacksonville on Sept. 2.

    McKay's goal, the second of her career, marked the fastest goal by an IU player since 1999, when Kristen Sprunger scored at the 1:28 mark against Notre Dame in the season finale on Oct. 31. Coincidentally, Sprunger's goal was also her second of the season and second of her career. But unlike McKay, Sprunger's strike came in the 19th game of the season as opposed to the sixth.

    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.

    PULLING RANK
    When Kristin Arnold scored at the 90:49 mark against No. 13 USC on Sunday, Sept. 9, she gave IU its first win over a ranked opponent since a 2-1 victory over No. 22 Michigan on Sept. 30, 2005. It also marked the highest-ranked opponent Indiana has defeated since a 2-1, overtime victory over No. 9 Northwestern on Oct 4, 1998. The game was also revenge for the Hoosiers, who faced No. 18 USC two years ago in Los Angeles and came out on the short end of a 6-0 score.

    O CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN
    Seniors Katy Stewart and Lindsay McCarthy serve as team captains for the Hoosiers this year. Stewart, a Bloomington, Ind., native, has been a standout in the midfield all year long for the Hoosiers, first on the defensive end and more recently in the center of the offensive side. She has two assists on the season and has started every game for Indiana.

    McCarthy has scored all of her four goals and 10 points in Big Ten play, including the game-winner at Michigan State and the only goal in a 1-1 tie against Michigan. That performance earned the senior her first Big Ten Player of the Week award on Oct. 8. The Galloway, N.J., native has 12 goals in her career, good for ninth place on IU's all-time list. On Sept. 30, 2004, she became the fifth player in school history to record a hat trick, doing so against Oakland.

     

     

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