No. 8 IU Visits No. 18 UAB Friday Night
Sep 4, 2013
SETTING THE SCENE The Hoosiers are looking to bounce back after a split weekend, defeating SMU 2-1 with goals from Femi Hollinger-Janzen and Patrick Doody, and falling 1-0 in overtime to No. 9 UCLA. This Friday's match at UAB is one of just two road games in the month of September. The Hoosiers will also visit Butler on Sept. 25. The Hoosiers face a top-25 team for the second game in a row as UAB enters this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America rankings at No. 18.
NEWS AND NOTES The Hoosiers placed third in the 2013 adidas/IU Credit Union Classic with a 2-1 win over SMU and a 1-0 OT loss to No. 9 UCLA. In the SMU match, the Mustangs jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a goal from Alfred Koroma in the 10th minute. The Hoosiers answered back in the 42nd minute as sub Femi Hollinger-Janzen headed home a rebound off a shot from Matt McKain that bounced off the cross bar and back into the field of play. The teams were even in shot attempts at the half at 5-5. The game-winning goal came in the 72nd minute as defender Patrick Doody tallied his first career goal. The play began with freshman Tommy Thompson getting fouled at the top of the 18-yard box. A.J. Corrado stood over the free kick, rolling the ball over to Doody on his right. Doody hit a low, line-drive shot for the winning score. Indiana out-shot SMU by a 10-5 margin in the second half. Goalkeeper Michael Soderlund had three saves in the win. Thompson, Billy McConnell, Dylan Mares and Tanner Thompson all made their IU debuts in the match. Against UCLA, the Hoosiers could not find the back of the net in a 1-0 OT loss. After a second-half that was dominated by the Hoosiers, out-shooting the Bruins by a 9-3 margin, UCLA took advantage of a miscue in the back just 49 seconds into the first overtime period. Indiana goalkeeper Michael Soderlund came off his line to try and push the ball off the foot of a charging Victor Chavez but the ball did not move out of reach and Chavez danced around Soderlund for an open net goal at 90:49. Up to that point it had been all Hoosiers in the second half. Less than two minutes into the second period junior midfielder Dylan Mares crossed a ball in front of the UCLA net that senior midfielder Nikita Kotlov was just inches from getting his head on. Less than a minute later, freshman forward Tommy Thompson deftly crossed a ball along the touch line that UCLA goalkeeper Earl Edwards Jr. was able to scoop up just as Kotlov was arriving. In the 66th minute Thompson sent in a header that was only stopped by the foot of Joe Sofia as he covered the line. Four minutes later senior midfielder Harrison Petts got in on the act with a line-drive shot on the run that was just wide. With 18 minutes left in regulation, it looked as if the Hoosiers would get a chance to line up at the penalty spot when Thompson broke free and was taken down by Aaron Simmons in what appeared to be inside the penalty area. Simmons was shown a yellow card, and the ensuing shot from junior defender Patrick Doody on the free kick was blocked. In the 76th minute Indiana was awarded a penalty kick when Sofia took out Thompson in the box, resulting in a red card for Sofia. Mares took the PK attempt for the Hoosiers but his roller was saved by Edwards as he dove to his right. Now playing with a man advantage, the Hoosiers continued to make a run at the UCLA net. In the 81st minute senior midfielder A.J. Corrado played a ball through to Kotlov inside eight yards to the left of goal, but the senior got his foot caught on the ball and couldn't get a shot off.
SCOUTING THE BLAZERS UAB is 2-0 on the season with a 4-0 win over VCU and a 5-1 victory over High Point. Diego Navarrete leads the team in scoring with three goals and one assist, while Freddy Ruiz also has three goals on the season. Raphael Ville has seen a majority of minutes in goal for UAB, allowing one goal in 165:32 minutes of play for a 0.54 GAA and a 2-0 record. He has been forced to make just one save. Despite UAB's opponents holding a 19-18 advantage in shot attempts, the Blazers are out-scoring their foes 5-0 in the first half and 4-1 in the second frame. Opponents have taken 19 corner kicks to just five for UAB. Head coach Mike Getman is in his 22nd year at UAB. A Bloomington native, Getman was a two-year letterwinner at IU (1978, 1981) and was an assistant coach with the Hoosiers from 1984-86. He is assisted by Justus Griffin, Joel Wallace and A.J. Robles.
SERIES HISTORY The all-time series is tied at 1-1-2. UAB won the last meeting between the two programs by a 2-1 score in Bloomington in 2007. Indiana's win came in 2006, also by a 2-1 tally. The teams played to a 1-1 tie in 1996 and a 0-0 tie in 2003.
INDIANA vs. CONFERENCE USA The Hoosiers are 39-9-8 against teams that currently make up Conference USA. IU is 1-1-2 vs UAB, 1-0 vs. Charlotte, 6-3-1 vs. Florida International, 23-1-3 vs. Kentucky, 1-1 vs. New Mexico, 3-3-2 vs. South Carolina, and 3-0 vs. Tulsa.
RIGHT WHERE HE LEFT OFF Sophomore forward Femi Hollinger-Janzen picked up right where he left off, scoring the first goal of the season for the Hoosiers in a 2-1 win over SMU on Aug. 30. Hollinger-Janzen's header into the back of the net came off a shot from Matt McKain that bounced off the cross bar. It was the fifth career goal for Hollinger-Janzen. His biggest career goal to date was the game winner in a 1-0 victory over Creighton in the College Cup semifinal.
ARE YOU NEW? Four new faces took the field for the Indiana soccer program this weekend, with three of the four earning a spot in the starting lineup. Freshmen forward Tommy Thompson and defender Billy McConnell made their IU debut in the starting lineup vs. SMU on Aug. 30. Also in the starting lineup making his official IU debut was junior transfer midfielder Dylan Mares. Freshman Tanner Thompson, older brother of Tommy, also made his first appearance as a Hoosier, coming in off the bench vs. SMU and UCLA.
THE BILL WAS FILLED The Hoosiers set a new Armstrong Stadium attendance record on Sept. 1 when 7,720 fans passed through the gates to see the team take on UCLA. That topped the old record of 7,423 set in 2007 also against UCLA as part of the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic. More than 3,200 IU students were part of that 7,720 attendance total, filling the Hoosier Army section to beyond capacity. Indiana is averaging 5,431 fans per game in two matches so far this season.
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INDIANA IN THE POLLS Week one saw the Hoosiers drop from No. 1 to No. 8 in the NSCAA poll and No. 2 to No. 13 in the Soccer America poll. The slide was less dramatic in the Top Drawer Soccer top 25, going from No. 1 to No. 5. College Soccer News slid IU down three spots from No. 1 to No. 4. In the 2013 preseason polls, Indiana came in at No. 1 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer rankings. The Hoosiers were ranked second in the Soccer America preseason poll.
KEEP ON SCORING Despite losing 68 percent of its goal production from the 2010 season, the Hoosiers scored 39 goals in 22 matches in 2011, after putting up 37 goals in 20 matches in 2010. Indiana will face a similar challenge in 2013 as the Hoosiers lose 48 percent of their goals from the 2012 season, including an 18-goal scorer in Eriq Zavaleta. The Hoosiers have seen their scoring numbers increase in each of Todd Yeagley's first three seasons, scoring 37 in 2010, 39 in 2011 and 41 in 2012. That halted a four-year scoring skid for IU: 2009 (28-23 games), 2008 (35-24 games), 2007 (31-22 games) and 2006 (32-22 games).
THE HOOSIERS ON TV The Indiana University men's soccer team is scheduled to have four of its regular season matches broadcast on the Big Ten Network in 2013. Indiana had its Sept. 1 matchup vs. UCLA shown live on the Big Ten Network at 2 p.m. ET. The BTN will return to Bloomington on Sept. 29 to showcase the Hoosiers vs. Ohio State at 3 p.m. ET. IU's matchup vs. 2012 regular season champion Penn State will also be shown live on Oct. 6 at 2:30 p.m. ET. The Hoosiers close out their TV appearances on Oct. 26 at Michigan with a 7 p.m. ET start. The Big Ten Network will also show the semifinal and final matches of the Big Ten Tournament in Columbus, Ohio. Indiana's matches vs. West Virginia (Sept. 8), UC Irvine (Sept. 15), Brown (Sept. 20), Louisville (Oct. 15), Evansville (Oct. 23) and Michigan State (Nov. 1) will be shown live on BigTenNetwork.com All other Hoosier home matches will be streamed live on IUHoosiers.com
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