Hoosiers Set For NCAA Match Against Rockets
Nov. 15, 2007
SETTING THE SCENE
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
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
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.
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.
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
A LITTLE ENGLISH
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LIKE A BROKEN RECORD
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
O CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN
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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