IU Faces Clemson, SDSU at adidas/IU Credit Union Classic
Aug. 29, 2012
SETTING THE SCENE The Hoosiers open their 2012 home schedule this weekend as they play host to Notre Dame, Clemson and San Diego State in the annual adidas/IU Credit Union Classic. Notre Dame and SDSU open play at 5 p.m. on Friday, followed by the Hoosiers and Clemson at 7:30. The Tigers and the Irish meet at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, followed by IU and the Aztecs at 2 p.m. Indiana is 2-0 on the season after winning the Billiken Classic with victories over Saint Louis and Cincinnati.
NEWS AND NOTES The Hoosiers took home the Billiken Classic titles with a pair of wins over Saint Louis (2-1) and Cincinnati (3-0). In the win over the Billikens, IU came back from a 1-0 deficit with a goal from Eriq Zavaleta in the 34th minute. A.J. Corrado assisted on the play, crossing the ball into the box to Corrado. The game winner came on an own goal from a Saint Louis defender. The Hoosiers out-shot Cincinnati 16-5 in a 3-0 victory on Aug. 26. Zavaleta netted his second goal of the weekend and his first game winner of the year in the 68th minute. Newcomer T.J. Popolizio set up the play with a ball into the box. After Zavaleta's first shot was blocked, the sophomore took the rebound and scored. Senior defender Caleb Konstanski gave IU a 2-0 lead in the 83rd minute. His first goal of the year came from eight yards out on a cross from Jacob Bushue. Zavaleta made it two goals in the match and three on the weekend when the Bearcats were called for a hand ball in the box and Zavaleta made good on the penalty kick attempt. Sophomore Dylan Lax made his first career start in the win over Cincinnati, while sophomore Drew Schall's first start in a Hoosier uniform came in the win over Saint Louis. Also making their IU debuts on the weekend were freshman Andrew Oliver, freshman Femi Hollinger-Janzen, Popolizio, freshman Richard Ballard and redshirt freshman Kyle Sparks. 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 TIGERS The Tigers opened the 2012 season with a 1-0 win over USC Upstate on Aug. 24. They followed that with a 0-0 tie against Davidson on Aug. 27. T.J. Casner had the game winner in the 77th minute against USC Upstate on an unassisted direct kick from 24 yards out. Goalkeeper Cody Mizell has 11 saves in 200 minutes of action. Head coach Mike Noonan is in his third season at Clemson. He is assisted by Phil Jones, Liam Curran and Brian Cronin. Current Hoosier T.J. Popolizio played for Noonan at Brown University in 2009. Clemson was picked to finish seventh in the 9-team ACC.
SERIES HISTORY Indiana leads the all-time series with Clemson, 5-4-1. The last meeting came in 2002, a 1-1 tie in Bloomington. Indiana is 4-0-1 in the last five meetings dating back to 1994. All of Clemson's victories came from 1984-87. Indiana's last ACC meeting came in the third round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament, a 1-0 overtime loss to eventual NCAA champion North Carolina.
CLEMSON (5-4-1) 9/9/84 W 4-3 H 12/16/84 L 1-2 N* 9/6/85 L 2-3 H 10/24/86 L 1-3 A 11/22/87 L 1-2 H* 9/21/94 W 3-1 N 9/6/97 W 3-0 H 12/6/98 W 2-1 A* 12/9/01 W 2-0 H* 8/31/02 T 1-1 H
INDIANA vs. ACC Indiana is 24-14-6 in matches against teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Hoosiers are 3-0-2 vs. Maryland, 2-4 vs. UNC, 2-1 vs. Wake Forest, 2-0 vs. Boston College, 4-2-1 vs. Virginia, 4-2-1 vs. Duke, 5-4-1 vs. Clemson, 2-1-1 vs. NC State. Virginia Tech is the only ACC school the Hoosiers have never faced.
SCOUTING THE AZTECS Friday's match vs. Notre Dame serves as the season opener for the Aztecs. SDSU dropped a 2-1 decision to New Mexico in a preseason match on Aug. 18. Morgan Sacco scored for the Aztecs in the 14th minute. San Diego State was picked to finish fifth in the six-team Pac-12 Conference. Last season the Aztecs posted a 10-6-3 record. Junior forward Jordan Ongaro was tied for the team lead with five goals, while sophomore midfielder Tyler Smith contributed four. Junior goalkeeper Blake Hylen started 17 of 18 matches played, allowing 24 goals for a 1.31 goals-against average. The Aztecs have a pair of former Hoosiers on their roster in Junior midfielder Kevin Bick and junior midfielder Blake Wise. Head coach Lev Kirschner is in his 13th season at San Diego State. He is assisted by Matt Hall, Ryan Carruth and Oliver Petersen.
SERIES HISTORY Indiana leads the all-time series with San Diego State, 2-0. The only two meetings came in the 1980s, a 2-1 win in 1984 and a 3-2 win in 1987. Both matches were at neutral sites.
SAN DIEGO STATE (2-0-0) 9/1/84 W 2-1 N 10/31/87 W 3-2 N
INDIANA vs. PAC-12 Indiana is 25-10-3 all-time against schools from the Pac-12. The Hoosiers are 4-0 vs. Washington, 4-2 vs. California, 1-0-1 vs.. Oregon State, 4-1-2 vs.. Stanford, 2-0 vs. San Diego State and 10-7 vs.. UCLA. Indiana will face Pac-12 member Oregon State next week at the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament in South Bend. Indiana's last Pac-12 meeting was a 5-1 win over UCLA in 2010.
ADIDAS/IU CREDIT UNION CLASSIC HISTORY The adidas/IU Credit Union Classic is the nation's premier regular season college soccer tournament. This year's field features No. 9 Indiana, No. 18 Notre Dame, Clemson and San Diego State. Indiana is looking for its 13th adidas/IU Credit Union Classic title since the tournament began in 1983. On nine occasions, the NCAA Champion has played in the Classic: 1983 - Indiana 1984 - Clemson 1985 - UCLA 1988 - Indiana 1989 - Virginia 1998 - Indiana 1999 - Indiana 2003 - Indiana 2004 - Indiana On 23 occasions, a team in the Classic has played in the College Cup. The most notable of these years in 1984, when Clemson, Indiana, and UCLA all played in both the Classic and the College Cup, with Clemson winning the NCAA title. Akron is the most recent Classic team to make the College Cup, earning trips in 2009 and 2010. Teams in the Classic have reached the NCAA Tournament on 93 occasions. More than 25 players that participated in the Classic have gone on to the Olympics or the World Cup. Below is a sampling: Brian Maisonneuve, Indiana (1998 World Cup, 1996 Olympics) Juergen Sommer, Indiana (1994 and 1998 World Cup) John Stollmeyer, Indiana (1990 World Cup, 1998 Olympics) Frank Hejduk, UCLA (1998, 2002, 2006 World Cup, 2000, 1996 Olympics) Brad Friedel, UCLA (1994, 1998, 2002 World Cup, 1992, 2000 Olympics) Eddie Pope, UCLA (1998, 2002, 2006 World Cup, 1996 Olympics) Brian McBride, Saint Louis (1998, 2002, 2006 World Cup; 2008 Olympics) Danny Califf, Maryland (2000 Olympics) John Harkes, Virginia (1990, 1994 World Cup)
Year Champion The Field 1983 Indiana San Francisco, Long Island, Duke 1984 Indiana UCLA, Clemson, Virginia 1985 Clemson Indiana, Connecticut, UCLA 1986 South Carolina Indiana, UNLV, Virginia 1987 South Carolina Indiana, Evansville, SMU 1988 Indiana UCLA, Evansville, North Carolina 1989 Virginia Indiana, Saint Louis, Notre Dame 1990 Indiana/Saint Louis San Francisco, Virginia 1991 Indiana Stanford, Penn State, Saint Louis 1992 Duke Indiana, Notre Dame, UCLA 1993 Notre Dame Indiana, Rutgers, UNLV 1994 Saint Louis Indiana, South Carolina, North Carolina 1995 Indiana Saint Louis, North Carolina State, Boston University 1996 UCLA Indiana, SMU, Duke 1997 Indiana Clemson, Rutgers, Saint Louis 1998 Indiana California, Charleston, Butler 1999 Saint Louis Indiana, Butler, Maryland 2000 Portland Indiana, UCLA, Butler 2001 St. John's Indiana, Butler, Kentucky 2002 Clemson Butler, Indiana, Rutgers 2003 Indiana California, Notre Dame, UAB 2004 Indiana Notre Dame, Boston University, Oregon State 2005 Indiana Notre Dame, SMU, Wake Forest 2006 Saint Louis Indiana, Notre Dame, Connecticut 2007 Maryland Indiana, Notre Dame, UCLA 2008 Akron Indiana, Notre Dame, Duke 2009 St. John's Indiana, Notre Dame, Wake Forest 2010 California Indiana, Notre Dame, UCLA 2011 Indiana Notre Dame, Saint Louis, Dayton
ZAVALETA EARNS NATIONAL HONORS Coming off a three-goal performance and a team title at the Billiken Classic, Indiana sophomore forward Eriq Zavaleta is the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced Aug. 27. Zavaleta tallied his first goal of the year in a 2-1 win over Saint Louis on Friday. With the Hoosiers trailing 1-0, Zavaleta scored the equalizer off a cross from A.J. Corrado into the box. In Sunday's 3-0 shutout of Cincinnati, Zavaleta put home his first game winner of the year, giving Indiana a 1-0 lead in the 68th minute. After a Caleb Konstanski score put the Hoosiers up 2-0, Zavaleta iced the match with a penalty kick in the 85th minute after the Bearcats were called for a handball in the penalty area. It is the third career offensive player of the week award for Zavaleta, who was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2011 after leading the league in scoring with 10 goals. Zavaleta was also named the NSCAA Player of the Week, Soccer Net News Player of the Week, Top Drawer Soccer National Player of the Week, Chicagoland Soccer News Player of the Week and to the TDS and College Soccer News Teams of the Week.
INDIANA IN THE POLLS Indiana moved up two spots to No. 10 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) rankings. The Hoosiers climbed one spot to eighth in the Soccer America preseason poll. Indiana moved up one spot to No. 10 in the Top Drawer Soccer Tournament 48. Indiana remained at No. 8 in the Soccer Times poll.
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