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SETTING THE SCENE Indiana takes its unbeaten record into the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament this weekend in South Bend, Ind. against a pair of teams that are also unbeaten. The Hoosiers face No. 4/6 Akron on Friday, Sept. 7 at 5 p.m. ET. Akron is currently 2-0-1 on the season. Indiana faces Oregon State on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 11:30 a.m. The Beavers are also 2-0-1 entering the weekend. Indiana has posted three-straight shutouts heading into its annual visit to the tournament in South Bend. All four teams playing in the tournament this weekend are undefeated. Notre Dame is 3-0 on the season.
NEWS AND NOTES Indiana has not allowed a goal over the last 358:25 of play, posting three consecutive shutouts. Sophomore Eriq Zavaleta has two multiple-goal games already this season (vs. Cincinnati, vs. Clemson) and is halfway to matching his 2011 goal total with five in four matches this season. Indiana's three-match shutout streak matches its longest shutout string of the 2011 season (at St. John's, at Rutgers, vs. Penn State). A shutout against Akron would give goalkeeper Luis Soffner the longest shutout streak of his career. Freshman Femi Hollinger-Janzen and redshirt freshman Kyle Sparks picked up their first career points on the same play with a goal for Sparks and an assist for Hollinger-Janzen in a 3-0 win over Clemson. The Hoosiers allowed just one San Diego State shot attempt over the final 30 minutes of regulation and just two shots over the final 50 minutes overall. Indiana finished as runner-up at the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic with a 3-0 win over Clemson and a 0-0 double overtime tie with San Diego State. Zavaleta had a pair of goals in the win over Clemson, sandwiching a goal from Sparks. Against the Aztecs the Hoosiers put up 29 shots (12 on goal) and 19 corner kicks, but could not find the back of the net.
SCOUTING THE ZIPS The Zips are 2-0-1 on the season with a 4-0 win against Florida Gulf Coast and a 2-1 win over SIU Edwardsville. Akron tied Creighton 1-1 in Omaha. Akron's scoring is spread out amongst the team with seven different players scoring the Zips' goals. Eric Stevenson and Scott Caldwell lead the way in total points with three each (1 goal, 1 assist). Goalkeeper David Meves has allowed two goals in 290:00 minutes of action for a 0.62 GAA with five saves and one shutout. Head coach Caleb Porter is in his seventh and final season at Akron with a career record of 107-17-15. He is assisted by Jared Embick and Oliver Slawson. Porter was a letterwinner at Indiana from 1994-97 and spent six seasons as an assistant coach at IU before becoming head coach at Akron.
SERIES HISTORY Indiana leads the all-time series with Akron, 24-5-2. The teams are 2-2-1 in the last five meetings, with the Zips winning the last two matchups in 2009 and 2010. Both were by a 1-0 score. This will be Todd Yeagley's second meeting with Akron as head coach of the Hoosiers. As a player he was 4-0 against the Zips, winning by a margin of 16-0 in those four matches. AKRON (24-5-2) 10/4/75 L 1-2 A 10/2/76 W 3-2 A 11/21/76 W 2-1 H* 10/2/77 W 5-0 A 9/30/78 W 2-1 A 9/30/79 W 3-0 H 9/27/80 W 3-1 A 9/20/81 W 3-1 H 10/8/82 W 2-1 A 10/7/83 T 0-0 H 11/20/83 W 2-1 H* 10/6/84 W 3-1 H 10/5/85 W 3-0 H 11/16/85 W 2-0 H* 10/5/86 L 0-1 A 9/25/87 W 1-0 H 9/23/88 W 3-1 H 9/21/90 W 2-0 H 9/20/91 W 1-0 A 9/18/92 W 1-0 H 9/17/93 W 4-0 A 9/16/94 W 10-0 H 9/15/95 W 1-0 A 9/20/96 W 5-0 H 11/22/98 W 3-2 H* 9/12/03 L 1-0 (OT) N 11/3/05 W 1-0 (OT) H 9/20/06 W 2-0 A 8/31/08 T 0-0 (2OT) H 9/18/09 L 0-1 A 11/28/10 L 1-2 A*
INDIANA vs. MAC Indiana is 44-8-4 in matches against teams currently in the Mid-American Conference. The Hoosiers are 24-5-2 vs. Akron, 15-3-1 vs. Bowling Green, and 5-0-1 vs. Northern Illinois
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS Oregon State is 2-0-1 on the season with victories over Manhattan (6-0) and Sacramento State (4-0). The Beavers and UCSB played to a 2-2 tie. Sophomore forward Khiry Shelton leads the attack with three goals and one assist (7 points). Freshman forward Mikhail Doholis and senior midfielder Jake Parker have two goals each. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Matt Bersano has started all three matches, playing 260:07 minutes and allowing two goals for a 0.69 GAA with 10 saves. Head coach Steve Simmons is in his fourth season as head coach at Oregon State. He is assisted by Adam Pearce, Dustin Norman and Hank Stebbins.
SERIES HISTORY Indiana leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 1-0-1. The Hoosiers took a 3-1 win in Bloomington in 2004, and the teams played to a 2-2 tie in 2005 in Corvallis.
OREGON STATE (1-0-1) 9/5/04 W 3-1 H 9/17/05 T 2-2 A
INDIANA vs. PAC-12 Indiana is 25-10-4 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, 2-0-1 vs. San Diego State and 10-7 vs. UCLA. Indiana is 0-0-1 against Pac-12 schools this year with a 0-0 tie against San Diego State on Sept. 2.
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HOOSIERS SWEEP B1G PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS Coming off a 1-0-1 weekend with a pair of shutouts in the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic, sophomore forward Eriq Zavaleta was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, while senior goalkeeper Luis Soffner took home Defensive Player of the Week honors, the conference office announced on Sept. 3. Zavaleta earns the award for the second time in as many weeks after tallying a pair of goals in Indiana's 3-0 win over Clemson on Friday. His second game-winning goal of the season came less than two minutes into the match against the Tigers as he headed home a throw-in from junior Nikita Kotlov. Zavaleta rounded out the scoring with his fifth goal of the season as he blasted home a rebound off the cross bar. In Sunday's 0-0 tie with San Diego State, Zavaleta had six shot attempts, five of which were on frame. Soffner picks up his first honor of the season after posting a pair of clean sheets against Clemson and San Diego State. Soffner had a pair of saves in the 3-0 win over the Tigers, while adding four saves in a 0-0 tie with San Diego State. Soffner has posted three-straight shutouts, not allowing a goal over the last 358:25 minutes of play.
INDIANA IN THE POLLS Indiana stayed put at No. 10 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) rankings. The Hoosiers climbed one spot to seventh in the Soccer America poll. Indiana remained at No. 10 in the Top Drawer Soccer Tournament 48 and moved up one spot to No. 10 in the College Soccer News Top 25. Indiana moved up one spot to No. 7 in the Soccer Times poll.
HOOSIERS IN THE BIG TEN Indiana leads the conference with a 3-0-1 record. The team currently ranks second in the conference in points (20), tied for first in goals (8), first in goals allowed (1), goals-against average (0.24) and shutouts (3). Sophomore Eriq Zavaleta leads the league in shots (18), shots per game (4.50), points (10), points per game (2.50), goals (5), game-winning goals (2) and goals per game (1.25). Goalkeeper Luis Soffner leads the conference in goals-against average (0.24), save percentage (.909) and shutouts (3).
DID YOU KNOW? Seventeen of the 29 players on the roster hail from the state of Indiana. The Hoosiers' starting lineup in the season opener on Aug. 24 against Saint Louis and on Aug. 26 against Cincinnati featured eight of 11 players 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.
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. 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.
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