Women's Soccer

    Hoosiers Set For NCAA Match Against Rockets

    Go Hoosiers! Kelly Lawrence and the Hoosiers will take on Toledo in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday at 11 a.m. in West Lafayette, Ind.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Kelly Lawrence and the Hoosiers will take on Toledo in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday at 11 a.m. in West Lafayette, Ind.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 15, 2007

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    SETTING THE SCENE
    Indiana earned its first NCAA Tournament berth since 1998, as the Hoosiers (12-6-2) will travel to West Lafayette, Ind., where they will face the University of Toledo in the first round on Friday, Nov. 16, at 11 a.m.

    This will mark the first-ever meeting between the Hoosiers and Rockets. Toledo earned an NCAA bid by defeating Bowling Green in penalty kicks to win the Mid-American Conference Tournament. Big Ten Tournament Champion Purdue, one of four No. 2 seeds in the tournament, will play host to IU's first-round series. The Boilermakers (19-2-2) will take on Oakland (10-7-2), who won the Summit League Championship to advance to the field of 64. The winner of the IU/Toledo game will take on the winner of Purdue/Oakland.

    LAST TIME OUT
    Indiana was trumped in heartbreaking fashion by Ohio State in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament, 2-1 in overtime. Ashley Bowyer scored the game winner for the Buckeyes in the 98th minute, while Lindsay McCarthy scored the lone goal for the Hoosiers.

    The Buckeyes netted the game-winner at 97:07 in the first overtime. Lara Dickenmann sent a cross off the line to the six-yard box, where Lauren Hollandsworth jumped and punched it toward the near post. There, Bowyer sprinted in and tucked the ball just inside the post from point-blank range to advance OSU to the second round.

    McCarthy put the Hoosiers on the board in the 54th minute off a corner. Kristin Arnold sent the ball toward the near post, where it grazed the head of a defender and deep into the box. McCarthy then put a foot on the ball into the corner of the net to give IU a 1-0 edge for her fifth goal of the season.

    But Ohio State came right back and tied the game in the 57th on a nice ball by freshman Courtney Jenkins. From 25 yards out, Jenkins found some spaced and bent a left-footed shot just out of the reach of Hollandsworth into the lower right corner. The goal was Jenkins' fourth of the season.

    SCOUTING THE ROCKETS
    Toledo is making its second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament, as it has won the MAC Championship in each of the last two seasons. The Rockets used their prowess on penalty kicks to win the 2007 crown, topping Northern Illinois in the semifinal and Bowling Green in the final in PKs to take the title. Ironically, the two ties in the conference championship were Toledo's first since a season-opening tie to San Diego State.

    The Rockets went 14-5-3 on the season, but did not play any teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament field. The Rockets are a gifted offensive group, led by MAC Player of the Year Molly Cornwell, who is tops on the team and in the league with 14 goals and 11 assists on the season. Ali Leak and Sarah Schulte each have six goals and three assists for UT, which led the MAC with 41 goals scored on the year. Andrea Plewes leads the Rockets in goal, posting 11 wins, five shutouts and a 0.80 goals against average on the season.

    TOURNAMENT SNAPSHOT
    The Hoosiers are one of five Big Ten teams to earn berths to the NCAA Tournament this season. Along with Purdue, Penn State, Illinois and Ohio State each earned at-large bids to the tournament. Penn State, a No. 1 seed, hosts Monmouth in the first round and will play the winner of Hofstra and the Buckeyes should the Nittany Lions advance. Illinois will face Louisville in a foursome hosted by Notre Dame.

    The overall No. 1 seed is defending champion North Carolina, who is the top seed in Indiana's bracket of 16. Along with Purdue as the No. 2 seed in the bracket is No. 3 Georgia and the No. 4 Fighting Irish. The remaining two No. 1 seeds are Pac-10 powers Stanford and UCLA.

    NCAA HISTORY
    Indiana returns to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998, when it went 14-8-1 and earned the only other at-large berth to the postseason field in school history. That year, the Hoosiers won their tournament opener, 3-1 over Wright State in Bloomington. In that game, Tracy Grose, Kelly Kram and Kendal Willis scored for the Hoosiers, as they limited the Raiders to just three shots in the contest.

    In the second round, IU traveled to Penn State, dropping a 2-1 decision at the hands of the Nittany Lions. Grose scored the only goal for the Hoosiers in the 84th minute. In Indiana's only other postseason appearance, in 2006, it was topped by national No. 1 seed Notre Dame, 8-1. Amy Friederich scored the only Indiana tally.

    IU VS. THE MAC
    Though Indiana has never taken on Toledo, the Hoosiers have plenty of experience against teams from the Mid-American Conference. Earlier this season, the Hoosiers took down MAC regular season champ Ball State, 2-1, at Armstrong Stadium. IU holds a 7-1-0 record all-time against MAC foes, with the lone blemish a 1-0 loss to Ball State in 2004, in a game where IU outshot the Cardinals 18-1.

    A LITTLE ENGLISH
    By being named first team All-Big Ten, Kelly Lawrence earned a number of firsts in IU women's soccer history. In addition to becoming the first IU defender to pick up first team honors from the conference, Lawrence also became the first sophomore since keeper Merit Elzey (1995) to pick up first team honors. She also joins Azure Johnson as the only defenders in school history to be honored twice by the conference and became the only player besides Emily Hotz (2000 and 2001) to pick up conference honors in her first two years for the Hoosiers.

    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. In 2006, she was named second team All-Big Ten and to the All-Freshman Team, and was also named All-Region by the NSCAA and Soccer Buzz and Freshman All-America by Soccer Buzz and Top Drawer Soccer. This summer, she helped the England U-19 team to a runner-up finish at the 2007 U-19 UEFA Cup in Reykjavik, Iceland.

    FIVE EARN BIG TEN ACCOLADES
    Three members of the Indiana women's soccer team have picked up All-Big Ten honors, the conference announced. 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. Additionally, Christie Kotynski was IU's Sportsmanship Award honoree and Taylor Fallon picked up All-Tournament honors for her performance in the first-round defeat to Ohio State.

    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.

    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 21 points are eighth on the all-time list.

    Hollandsworth has been a rock in net for the Hoosiers this season, playing all but 45 minutes in her debut campaign. 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 1.38 goals against average to go with those five shutouts this season.

    Kotynski is second on the team in goals (5), assists (5) and points (15) this year. The sophomore from Hudson, Ohio, has received just one card in her IU career, that coming last season against Charlotte. Fallon has started all 20 games for the Hoosier defense this season and helped contain the OSU forwards, limiting them to just three shots in the contest.

    OVER AND OVER AND OVERTIME
    Indiana's 2-1, overtime defeat at the hands of Ohio State on Thursday was the first mark in the loss column this season for the Hoosiers in an overtime contest. Indiana is now 3-1-2 when games go into extra time, with wins over Jacksonville, USC and Iowa. In 2006, Indiana went 0-1-4 in overtime contests.

    When the Hoosiers took the Women of Troy to overtime on Sunday, Sept. 9, it marked the third consecutive contest that Indiana had gone to overtime with its opponent. IU tied Loyola Marymount two days before and won an overtime contest at Jacksonville the previous week. It marked the first time since Sept. 7-21, 2001, that the Hoosiers went to three straight overtime contests.

    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 are tied for the national lead in come-from-behind wins this season. UTEP finished its 2007 campaign with six victories after trailing, while NCAA participants James Madison, Texas A&M, Missouri, Purdue and Santa Clara are tied for second with 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 19-13 in the second half and 3-1 in overtime for a 22-14 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 12-6-2 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 21 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.

    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 21 points are eighth on the all-time list. She also set school 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. On Nov. 10, she picked up end of season honors from Top Drawer Soccer, earning honorable mention on the publication's Teams of the 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 12-6-2 on the season. The 12 wins for the Hoosiers are the most since the 1998 squad went 14-8-1. That was the only other IU squad to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and the only team to notch 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 .650.

    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 33 goals on the season, Indiana has shown strong offensive firepower during the 2007 season. Indiana has scored 33 goals in 20 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 nine 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 33 goals scored this season have come from members of the freshman and sophomore classes and 74 of 93 points (79.6 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 33 goals on 303 shots in 20 games, becoming the first team in school history to record more than 300 shots in a season. Though the 2006 squad set the previous 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 10.9 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 21 points are good 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 20 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 19 starts in the midfield this year. She is tied for third on the team with 12 points on the season.

    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 with 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.

    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 1.38 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.

    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 five goals and 12 points since the start of 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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