IU Opens Season at Billiken Classic
Aug. 22, 2012
SETTING THE SCENE Indiana opens the 2012 season at the Billiken Classic, facing host Saint Louis on Friday, Aug. 24, and Cincinnati on Sunday, Aug. 26. Last year the Hoosiers defeated the Billikens, 3-1, in the opening match of the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic. This will be the first meeting between Cincinnati and the Hoosiers since 1990. Indiana went 1-0-1 in preseason action with a 1-1 tie with UIC on Aug. 14, and a 1-1 (4-3 PK) win over Chivas de Guadalajara on Aug. 18.
NEWS AND NOTES A 1-1 draw after regulation led to a penalty kick shootout, where the Indiana men's soccer team was victorious 4-3 over Chivas de Guadalajara on Aug. 18 at the Shindigz National Soccer Festival in Fort Wayne, Ind. With neither team able to find the back of the net in the second half, the squads set up for penalty kicks. Both the Chivas player and Eriq Zavaleta were successful in round one, but A.J. Corrado had his attempt saved in round two, giving Chivas a 2-1 lead. Goalkeeper Luis Soffner successfully saved Chivas' third and fourth shots, while Nikita Kotlov and Caleb Konstanski hit the back of the net for IU. Chivas made its fifth attempt, but Jacob Bushue ended the match with his shot in the lower left for a 4-3 win. In the 17th minute it was Zavaleta lurking around the net, putting up another shot that was cleared off the line in a last-second effort from the Chivas defense. The Hoosiers kept the ball in the Chivas half and it paid off as less than 30 seconds later a serve from Harrison Petts found the head of Konstanski, who sent it over the goalkeeper for his first goal of the preseason. With the game clock stopped at one minute, Chivas got on the board after a scramble in the box led to a shot into the upper right. That was the final play of the half. Chivas finished with a 16-10 overall advantage in shot attempts, with both teams putting seven attempts on frame. The teams also took an identical four corner kicks. Indiana opened exhibition play on Aug. 14 with a 1-1 draw against UIC. The teams played a set of three 30-minute periods in the match. Indiana did not get on the board until the 72nd minute when reserve Kyle Sparks knotted things up at 1-all. The play began with sophomore Dylan Lax making a run up the right side. As he saw Sparks making a run up the left, Lax switched fields, laying in a perfectly-played ball that Sparks slotted home under goalkeeper Goran Ikic. It was the Flames that got on the board first, taking a 1-0 lead in the 67th minute with a strike from Ivan Stanisavljevic. The senior crossed up his defender as he took the ball to the right of the net near the goal line, weaving his way around to take an open shot into the lower left corner. Indiana finished with a 16-6 shot advantage, with both teams tallying an even four shots on frame. Senior Luis Soffner and redshirt freshman Sean Weidman split time in the net for the Hoosiers. Freshman Andrew Oliver earned a start in the midfield, while newcomers Derek Creviston, Hollinger-Janzen, T.J. Popolizio, Richard Ballard and Drew Schall also saw action.
SCOUTING THE BILLIKENS Saint Louis played a pair of preseason matches, a 1-0 loss at Akron and a 3-2 loss to Memphis. Khalil Karl and Alex Sweetin scored for the Billikens against the Tigers. Sophomore Robbie Kristo led SLU in scoring last season with six goals and two assists (14 points). Sophomore midfielder Raymond Lee had four goals and one assist. Junior GK Nick Shackelford saw most of the action in the net for the Billikens last season, logging 1332 minutes in 14 matches with 19 goals allowed and a 1.28 GAA. One player on the SLU roster has ties to the Indiana program. Senior Michael Robson's older brother, Kevin, played at Indiana from 2003-06. Head coach Mike McGinty is in his third season at Saint Louis with a career record of 15-17-4 with the Billikens. He is assisted by Jason O'Keefe, Mark Santel and Franco Carotenuto.
SERIES HISTORY Indiana leads the all-time series with Saint Louis, 19-9-4. The programs last met in the 2011 adidas/IU Credit Union Classic, a 3-1 win for the Hoosiers. Indiana is 3-2-1 in the last five meetings with the Billikens. The Hoosiers are 6-6-1 in matches played in St. Louis.
SAINT LOUIS (19-9-4) 10/11/75 L 1-4 A 10/10/76 W 5-1 H 11/12/77 W 1-0 A 10/8/78 W 2-0 H 10/5/79 W 3-1 A 10/5/80 L 0-3 H 10/2/81 L 0-1 A 10/2/82 W 4-0 H 9/30/83 T 2-2 A 11/27/83 W 2-1 H* 9/28/84 T 2-2 H 12/2/84 W 4-2 H* 9/27/85 L 1-2 A 9/28/86 L 1-3 H 9/27/87 W 3-1 A 9/25/88 W 3-0 H 9/3/89 T 1-1 H 9/23/90 W 2-1 A 11/17/90 W 2-1 H* 9/22/91 W 2-1 H 9/20/92 L 0-2 A 9/19/93 W 3-0 H 9/18/94 W 4-0 A 9/17/95 W 1-0 H 9/5/99 L 0-1 H 10/24/03 W 2-1 H 10/31/04 W 2-1 (OT) A 9/9/05 T 1-1 N 9/15/06 L 0-1 A 9/15/07 L 1-2 A 11/25/08 W 2-0 H* 9/2/11 W 3-1 H
INDIANA vs. ATLANTIC 10 Indiana is 56-13-5 against teams currently in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Hoosiers are 20-3-1 vs. Butler; 11-0 vs. Dayton; 19-9-4 vs. Saint Louis; 1-0 vs. Charlotte; 1-1 vs. George Washington; 1-0 vs. UMass; and 3-0 vs. Richmond.
SCOUTING THE BEARCATS Cincinnati is coming off a 6-11-1 season, 2-7 in BIG EAST play. Sophomore Cole DeNormandie returns after leading the Bearcats in scoring last season with seven goals and 1 assist (15 points). The Bearcats ended the 2011 season on a high note with a 1-0 win over No. 11 St. John's. Returning goalkeeper Taylor Hafling made five appearances last season, allowing 11 goals in 381 minutes for a 2.60 GAA. Head coach Hylton Dayes owns a career record of 189-174-49 at Cincinnati. He is assisted by Daniel Ensley and Jeremy Bonomo.
SERIES HISTORY Indiana leads the all-time series with Cincinnati, 11-0-0. This is the first meeting between the schools since 1990, a 3-1 win in Bloomington. The Hoosiers have out-scored the Bearcats 61-8 in the series with six shutouts.
CINCINNATI (11-0-0) 10/12/73 W 8-2 A 10/11/74 W 7-0 H 9/12/75 W 5-2 A 10/13/76 W 7-0 H 10/12/77 W 1-0 A 10/11/78 W 6-2 H 10/10/79 W 6-0 A 10/8/80 W 9-0 H 9/24/86 W 5-0 H 10/13/89 W 4-1 H 10/3/90 W 3-1 H
INDIANA vs. BIG EAST Indiana is 75-17-10 all-time against teams currently in the BIG EAST. The Hoosiers are 11-0 vs. Cincinnati, 2-3-1 vs. Connecticut, 0-0-1 vs. Georgetown, 16-3-0 vs. Louisville, 9-0-1 vs. Marquette, 26-6-3 vs. Notre Dame, 5-1-1 vs. Rutgers, 2-3-2 vs. St. John's, 2-0-0 vs. Seton Hall and 2-1-1 vs. USF. Indiana will face BIG EAST members Notre Dame on Sept. 26 in Bloomington and Louisville on Oct. 10 in Louisville.
IU FAVORITE IN B1G PRESEASON POLL The Big Ten Conference released is 2012 men's soccer preseason coaches' poll with Indiana and Northwestern picked as co-favorites to win the conference title. Following the Hoosiers and Wildcats were Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Wisconsin and Michigan. Northwestern is the defending Big Ten regular season and conference champion. The Hoosiers have won 14 regular-season titles and 11 tournament titles. Indiana was 3-1-2 in conference play last season and owns a Big Ten best all-time record of 90-15-12. The Hoosiers were 13-4-5 overall in 2011, advancing to the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth-straight year. The Big Ten announcement also included a preseason players to watch list, with junior midfielder Jacob Bushue, junior midfielder Nikita Kotlov and sophomore forward Eriq Zavaleta among those selected.
DID YOU KNOW? Seventeen of the 29 players on the roster hail from the state of Indiana. The Hoosiers' starting lineup against UIC on Aug. 14 and Chivas on Aug. 18 had a home-grown flavor with seven of the 11 players hailing from the state of Indiana. Three of Indiana's regular-season opponents are ranked in the NSCAA preseason top 25 (No. 7 Louisville, No. 10 Akron, No. 20 Northwestern). Indiana will play four of its first six matches away from home. Sophomore Eriq Zavaleta's uncle, Greg Vanney, is currently an assistant coach with MLS' Chivas USA and was an 11-year member of the U.S. Men's National Team. Both his uncle Greg and father, Carlos, played at UCLA and are in the Bruins' Hall of Fame. Zavaleta and teammate A.J. Corrado spent a month this summer in Los Angeles training with the Chivas first team. Freshman Andrew Oliver was the Golden Boot winner at the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 tournament in Jamaica. Newcomer T.J. Popolizio has his undergraduate degree from Brown University and is an MBA student in the Kelley School of Business this fall. Freshman Femi Hollinger-Janzen was named the Indiana Player of the Year and the Gatorade Indiana Player of the Year for 2011. Head coach Todd Yeagley and assistant coaches Brian Maisonneuve and Ernie Yarborough all played collegiately at Indiana. Yeagley, Maisonneuve and Yarborough were in fact all teammates from 1992-94.
ZAVALETA NAMED TO MAC HERMANN TROPHY WATCH LIST Indiana University sophomore forward Eriq Zavaleta was one of 42 Division I men's soccer players named to the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy Watch List on Aug. 13. The MAC Hermann Trophy is the highest individual award in intercollegiate soccer presented annually in January during a banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis. The list will be narrowed down by NSCAA members from Division I programs to 15 semifinalists by Nov. 29. Member coaches and fans will then vote for their top three choices and the finalists will be announced Dec. 6. The winners will be announced at the awards banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club on Friday, Jan. 11. Zavaleta is coming off a freshman campaign where he was a unanimous selection to the All-Big Ten first team and Big Ten All-Freshman Team. Named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Zavaleta led the Big Ten Conference in goals scored (10), total points (25) and points per game (1.14). His 10 goals scored were the most by an IU freshman since Matt Fundenberger had 13 in 1997, and he became the first freshman to lead the Hoosiers in scoring since Todd Yeagley in 1991. Zavaleta had three game-winning goals on the year and tallied his first multiple-goal match of his career with a pair of scores in a 4-1 win at Michigan on Oct. 15. In addition to his Big Ten honors, Zavaleta was named to the College Soccer News All-Freshman team, the Soccer America All-Freshman first team, the Chicagoland Soccer News Player of the Year and was an NSCAA first-team All-Great Lakes Region honoree. Indiana has a long history with the MAC Hermann Trophy, most recently in 2011 when Will Bruin was runner-up for the award. The MAC has honored the top player in collegiate soccer since 1986. Prior to 2002, the Missouri Athletic Club and Hermann Trophy were two separate awards. Two IU players earned the MAC Player of the Year trophy on three occasions with Ken Snow taking the honor in 1988 and 1990, and Yeagley in 1994. Hoosiers collected five Hermann trophies with Angelo DiBernardo in 1978, Armando Betancourt in 1981, Ken Snow in 1988 and 1990, and Brian Maisonneuve in 1994. Danny O'Rourke won the combined award in 2004.
INDIANA IN THE PRESEASON POLLS In the first preseason poll of 2012, Indiana comes in at No. 12 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) rankings. The Hoosiers are ranked ninth in the Soccer America preseason poll. Indiana is ranked 11th in the Top Drawer Soccer preseason Tournament 48.
ZAVALETA NAMED PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN College Soccer News named sophomore Eriq Zavaleta to its preseason All-America second team. Zavaleta is the top returning goal scorer in the Big Ten, tallying 10 goals and five assists for 25 points last season.
THE HOOSIERS ON TV The Indiana University men's soccer team is scheduled to have two of its regular season matches broadcast on the Big Ten Network in 2012. Indiana will have its Sept. 23 Big Ten opener at Ohio State and its Nov. 1 Big Ten finale against Northwestern shown on the Big Ten Network. The Hoosiers vs. Buckeyes telecast will be shown live on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m. ET. IU's matchup vs. Northwestern in the regular season finale will also be shown live on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. ET. The Big Ten Network will also show the semifinal and final matches of the Big Ten Tournament in Evanston, Ill. In addition, the Hoosiers' preseason game against Chivas de Guadalajara on Aug. 18 is being shown live on Fox Soccer Channel. Indiana's matches vs. San Diego State (Sept. 2), SIUE (Sept. 14), Notre Dame (Sept. 26), Butler (Oct. 16), Michigan (Oct. 19) and Evansville (Oct. 24) will be shown live on BigTenNetwork.com All other Hoosier home matches will be streamed live on IUHoosiers.com
BIG TEN DOMINATION Since the Big Ten began sponsoring men's soccer in 1991, the Hoosier have dominated the league. The Hoosiers are 90-15-12 in regular season matches, tallying 30+ more victories than second-place team Penn State (57). Indiana has never lost in its Big Ten opener, going 18-0-3 in those matches. IU has won 11 Big Ten tournament titles, sharing the 1995 crown with Wisconsin. Indiana has also been crowned regular season champion 14 times, including nine-straight seasons from 1996-2004. IU won back-to-back regular season titles in 2006 and 2007 and re-claimed the regular season crown in 2010. Indiana has been the league's goals-against average leader in 15 of 19 seasons, including 2007 when the Hoosiers allowed just two goals in six matches for a 0.31 GAA. IU has had a league-record 11 Big Ten Players of the Year, including three of the last five seasons. Will Bruin won the award in 2010. The Hoosiers have also boasted the Freshman of the Year three of the last five years. Eriq Zavaleta won the award in 2011.
THE HOOSIER ARMY IS HERE The Hoosier Army returns strong in numbers in 2012. This supporters group is open to any and all fans...students, youths, alumni, community members..whomever wants to come out, have fun and cheer on the Hoosiers. Members will receive special prizes, including gear and meet-and-greets with the team and coaching staff. For more information, visit the Hoosier Army Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hoosier-Army-IU-Soccer-Supporters-Club/196449667074285
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