Hoosiers Set for Third-Round Clash With Blue Devils
Nov. 24, 2007
SETTING THE SCENE
The Hoosiers earned a first round victory with a 3-2, overtime triumph over Toledo on Friday. Kristin Arnold netted the game-winner in that game for the Hoosiers, her 10th goal of the season, as IU earned the second NCAA tourney win in program history.
LAST TIME OUT
The Hoosiers trailed 1-0 after the first round of penalty kicks and Shaffer stepped to the penalty stripe. The senior struck a ball hard to the right side, but Hollandsworth made a diving effort and knocked it away. Then the Hoosiers drew even at 1-1 after Kelly Lawrence converted her opportunity low to the right side. Susan Swepston and Christie Kotynski also made their attempts to counter Purdue tallies and leave the score knotted at 3-3 with one kick left for each team.
For the Boilers, Jessica Stellhorn stepped up and sent a shot just above the crossbar to leave it all in Arnold's hands. The junior struck a right-footed shot high into the upper right corner to move Indiana on to the next round on head coach Mick Lyon's 44th birthday.
The Boilers had the lion's share of opportunities in the opening half, garnering a 10-3 shot advantage. But Hollandsworth was up to the task, making six saves, including two brilliant stops on strong Purdue efforts.
SCOUTING THE BLUE DEVILS
Duke saved its best soccer for the NCAAs, though, as it knocked off a 14-win South Carolina team in penalties in the opening round. In the second round, Elisabeth Redmond scored the lone goal in the 71st minute as the Blue Devils took out a Georgia team that was 18-3-2 going into the contest. The only common opponent between the Hoosiers and Blue Devils this season is Ohio State, which Duke topped 2-1 in the Duke adidas Classic and the Hoosiers dropped a pair of one-goal games to this season.
IU VS. THE ACC
The lone remaining Big Ten team besides the Hoosiers is regular-season champ Penn State, one of four No. 1 seeds. It wasn't an easy road to hoe for the Nittany Lions, though. After snow forced the game between PSU and Hofstra to be postponed to Monday, the Pride took a 1-0 lead in the 35th minute and held it into the final minute. But Carly Bedesem scored with 15 seconds remaining in regulation and then Katie Schoepfer scored 61 seconds into overtime to lift the Lions into the second round.
On the other side of Indiana and Duke's bracket, Notre Dame travels to Chapel Hill, N.C., for a matchup with national No. 1 seed North Carolina in a rematch of one of the 2006 semifinals.
Of the unseeded teams, only four advanced to the second round, with IU and the Blue Devils comprising half of that number. Additionally, Texas upset Texas A&M in College Station and Connecticut upset fourth seed Wake Forest while playing in nearby Chestnut Hill, Mass. Four ACC teams remain in the final 16, while three squads each from the BIG EAST and Pac-10 remain. The SEC and Big Ten have two teams alive apiece, while Texas is the lone Big XII squad and Portland is the only WCC team.
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.
Looking at IU's success against NCAA Tournament teams, the home vs. road comparison shows two completely different teams. Over the last two seasons, Indiana is 4-0-1 at Armstrong Stadium against opponents in the 2007 NCAA field, and is just 1-10-3 away from Yeagley Field, with the lone win and one tie coming this past weekend in West Lafayette. This season, IU knocked off then-No. 13 USC, a No. 2 seed in the NCAAs, with a 2-1, overtime victory on Sept. 9. In 2006, the Hoosiers drew a scoreless contest with then-No. 13 Penn State on Oct. 8. Indiana has not lost to a ranked foe on Yeagley Field in the last three seasons, going 2-0-1 against ranked opponents over that time.
With a 2-1 win over Oakland on Sunday, Nov. 21, IU wrapped up the first undefeated regular 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.
OVER AND OVER AND OVERTIME
If recent history plays out, a fourth consecutive overtime contest may be in the works. Duke is tied for the national lead with seven ties on the season, and has needed more than 90 minutes to settle nine of its 21 games this season.
Indiana is now 4-1-3 when games go into extra time, with wins over Jacksonville, USC and Iowa in addition to the win over Toledo. The eight overtime games is a new program record, eclipsing the seven OT matches in 1999, when IU went 1-0-6 in extra time. 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.
A FRESH LOOK
Late-season struggles saw Hollandsworth's GAA rise to 1.40 for the season, but she saved her best career effort, by far, for the contest against the Boilers. Purdue held a 24-8 shot advantage in the contest, and was able to put eight of its 24 shots on frame. But the Chesapeake, Va., native was more than up to the task.
In the 31st minute, leading scorer Loredana Riverso broke through the defense, when Hollandsworth came out and smothered the ball to stop the charge. Five minutes later, Felicia Schroeder ripped a ball toward the upper right corner, but Hollandsworth dived to her left and punched it high and wide to keep the game scoreless.
Her heroics were not limited to the first half, though. In the 51st minute, a ball served into the box found Jessica Okoroafo, who snapped off a shot from point-blank range. Hollandsworth made a brilliant reaction, diving to make the save and keeping Purdue off the board. She added the definitive stop in penalties, denying Jordyn Shaffer on a show to the keeper's left. Hollandsworth is one shy of the school record in wins and her six shutouts are just two off the school record.
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.
When she scored the OT winner against Toledo, Arnold became just the second player in school history with three overtime goals in a season. Tracy Grose led the 1998 squad to a 14-8-1 record, scoring 15 goals, three in OT. With her fifth game winner of the season, Arnold matched the school record, set by Wendy Dillinger in the program's inaugural season.
The Beavercreek, Ohio, native had quite a weekend against Northwestern and Wisconsin, 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.
The contest marked the fourth time this season that three different players have scored in the same contest and the fifth game that Indiana has scored more than two goals. It is just the second time in Mick Lyon's tenure that the Hoosiers have had so many games with three goals or more. It was also the 11th multi-goal contest for Indiana on the year, matching the school record set by the 1998 team.
O CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN
McCarthy has scored all of her five goals and 13 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.
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 10 goals are the fourth most in a single season in IU history, while her 24 points are fifth 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 1.32 goals against average to go with six 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 21 games for the Hoosier defense this season and helped contain the OSU forwards, limiting them to just three shots in the contest.
With four goals against Minnesota on Oct. 12, IU tallied 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 Hoosier 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.
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 opening-round 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 19-15 in the second half and 4-1 in overtime for a 23-16 margin after the break. Yet, IU has only outshot its opponents by 20 in the second half and has allowed nine more corners than it has taken.
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 fourth with her 10 goals on the season, while her 24 points are good for fifth. 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.
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. The Hoosiers are now 13-6-2 on the season and the 13 wins for the Hoosiers are the second-most in school history, as 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.
The Hoosiers are gunning for a school record in winning percentage as well. The 1993 (.667) and 1998 (.630) teams are 1-2 in that category, while the 2007 Hoosiers are currently at .659.
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 21 starts in the midfield this year. She is fourth on the team with 12 points on the season.
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