Three Hoosiers Honored By Big Ten
Nov. 7, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Three members of the Indiana women's soccer team have picked up All-Big Ten honors, the conference announced today. Sophomore Kelly Lawrence (first team, defense), sophomore Kristin Arnold (second team, forward) and freshman Lauren Hollandsworth (All-Freshman team, goalkeeper) were all honored by the conference's coaches.
Lawrence picked up her second All-Big Ten honors in as many seasons after earning first team honors in 2006. The Chigwell,Essex, England, native has emerged as one of the top 1-v-1 defenders in the conference and also has one goal and one assist on the season. She became the first Hoosier defender to ever pick up first team honors from the conference and the first since Azure Johnson to garner all-conference honors twice in her career. In 2006, she was also a unanimous selection to the conference's All-Freshman Team. This summer, Lawrence also helped the England U-19 team to a runner-up finish at the 2007 U-19 UEFA Cup in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Arnold earns her first end of season honors after exploding in her second year as a Hoosier. The Beavercreek, Ohio, native's 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. She 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.
Hollandsworth has been a rock in net for the Hoosiers this season, playing all but 45 minutes in her debut campaign. 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 to go with those five shutouts this season.
Indiana will face Ohio State in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday at 2 p.m. CST/3 p.m. EST in Minneapolis, Minn. IU 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.
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