No. 1 Hoosiers Face No. 12 Marquette, No. 9 UNC in Preseason Action
Aug 21, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The top-ranked Indiana men's soccer team's tune-up for the 2013 season will happen this weekend as it faces No. 12 Marquette and No. 9 North Carolina at the ShinDigz National Soccer Festival in Fort Wayne, Ind.
IU and the Golden Eagles will face off on Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. ET. Marquette was 16-4-1 last season and was a second-round NCAA Tournament team, falling by a 1-0 score to Northwestern. Marquette has already seen preseason action, topping Wright State by a 2-0 score on Aug. 17. The Golden Eagles have been picked to finish third in the BIG EAST and return nine starters from last year's squad.
Indiana returns eight starters from last year's NCAA Championship team, led by first-team All-Big Ten midfielder A.J. Corrado. Senior midfielder Nikita Kotlov, a second-team All-Big Ten honoree, is the top returning scorer for Indiana with nine goals and four assists in 2012. Second-team All-Big Ten midfielder Jacob Bushue will wear the captain's armband this year along with fellow senior midfielder Harrison Petts. Three returning starters in junior Patrick Doody, junior Kerel Bradford and senior Matt McKain anchor the Hoosiers' back line.
Sophomore Femi Hollinger-Janzen is back after scoring four goals in 2012, including the game-winning strike in the College Cup semifinal vs. Creighton. Goal scorers Andrew Oliver and Kyle Sparks also return for their sophomore seasons.
The Hoosiers welcome eight newcomers to the team, including junior transfer Dylan Mares, sophomore goalkeeper Kyle Wieschhaus and freshmen Tanner Thompson and Michael Galullo who joined the team in the spring. Mares comes to IU from Louisville where he was the Cardinals' leading scorer in 2012 and the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year in 2010. Thompson, who graduated a semester early to join the team in the spring, is joined by his younger brother Tommy, who finished high school in three years to enter the program this fall.
The Hoosiers are coming off a 16-5-3 season and a 3-2-1 record in the Big Ten Conference. After a disappointing Big Ten Tournament which saw the Hoosiers eliminated in the quarterfinal round for the first time in school history, Indiana went on a five-game win streak to capture its eighth national title, becoming the first No. 16 seed in tournament history to take the top prize.
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