Men's Soccer Hosts West Virginia Sunday Night
Sep 7, 2013
SETTING THE SCENE Indiana is looking to snap a two-game losing streak when it plays host to West Virginia Sunday night at Armstrong Stadium. The Hoosiers are coming off a disappointing 2-1 overtime loss at No. 18 UAB Friday night. After taking a 1-0 lead, UAB tied the match with 46 seconds remaining on a penalty kick, then scored the game winner with 17 seconds left in the first overtime. It is the first back-to-back losses for the Hoosiers since the 2011 season, when they lost three-straight at Wisconsin, to No. 11 Louisville and No. 5 Creighton. Tonight's game kicks off a slate of four-straight home matches for the Hoosiers.
NEWS AND NOTES Senior A.J. Corrado scored his first goal of the season but the Hoosiers could not hang on in a 2-1 overtime loss at No. 18 UAB on Sept. 6. Corrado scored Indiana's lone goal in the 52nd minute with Nikita Kotlov assisting on the play. The Hoosiers were 46 seconds away from victory when UAB was awarded a penalty kick, which Diego Navarrete converted. Indiana had several chances in the first overtime, including a shot from Nikita Kotlov that was cleared off the line by a UAB defender when the goalkeeper was caught out. With 17 seconds left in the first OT, Alex Clay hit a shot that was parried by IU goalkeeper Michael Soderlund. Rami Dajani got his head on the rebound and knocked it in for the game-winning score. The Hoosiers out-shot UAB 23-13 for the match, with nine of UAB's 13 shots coming in the last 25 minutes of play. The Hoosiers are 0-2 in OT matches this season, 0-1 on penalty kick attempts. 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. 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.
SCOUTING THE MOUNTAINEERS West Virginia is coming off a 3-0 loss at Georgetown on Friday afternoon. It has been a balanced offensive attack for WVU with all five goals coming from five different players. Andy Bevin leads the scoring tally with one goal and three assists. Bevin and Jamie Merriam had three shots each in the loss at Georgetown. Starting defender Francio Henry will not be available for the match after picking up a red card vs. the Hoyas. Lee Johnston has started all three matches in goal, playing all 290 minutes and allowing five goals. He has eight saves on the season. Head coach Marlon LeBlanc is in his eighth season at West Virginia and is no stranger to the Big Ten having served as an assistant at Penn State from 2001-06. He is assisted by Chad Brown and Dan Stratford.
SERIES HISTORY This is the first meeting between the two schools.
INDIANA vs. MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE The Hoosiers are 50-9-4 against teams currently in the Mid-American Conference. They are 24-6-2 vs. Akron, 15-3-1 vs. Bowling Green, 5-0 vs. Hartwick, 5-0-1 vs. Northern Illinois and 1-0 vs. Western Michiga
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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.
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.
LEADING THE SHIP Senior midfielders Jacob Bushue and Harrison Petts have been named team captains for the 2013 season. Between the pair they have 133 appearances in the Cream and Crimson, with 114 starts.
IU FAVORITE IN B1G PRESEASON POLL The Big Ten Conference released is 2013 men's soccer preseason coaches' poll with Indiana as favorite to win the conference title. Following the Hoosiers were Michigan State, Northwestern, Michigan, Penn State, Wisconsin and Ohio State. Northwestern and Penn State are the defending Big Ten regular season champions and Michigan State is the defending Big Ten Tournament champion. The Hoosiers have won 14 regular-season titles and 11 tournament titles. Indiana was 3-2-1 in conference play last season and owns a Big Ten best all-time record of 93-17-13. The Big Ten announcement also included a preseason players to watch list, with senior midfielder A.J. Corrado, senior midfielder Nikita Kotlov and junior midfielder Dylan Mares among those selected.
DID YOU KNOW? Fifteen of the 28 players on the roster hail from the state of Indiana. Six of Indiana's regular-season opponents are ranked in the NSCAA preseason top 25 (No. 7 Notre Dame, No. 9 UCLA, No. 10 Louisville, No. 18 Brown, No. 19 Northwestern, No. 24 VCU). Junior transfer Dylan Mares led Louisville in scoring in 2012 and was the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year in 2010. He was a high school teammate of A.J. Corrado and Harrison Petts at Zionsville Community. Freshman Michael Galullo was named 2012-13 Gatorade Indiana Boys Soccer Player of the Year. That makes five-straight Indiana players of the year that have donned the Cream and Crimson (2012-Femi Hollinger-Janzen; 2011-Eriq Zavaleta; 2010-A.J. Corrado; 2009-Harrison Petts). Freshman forward Sean Cowdrey hails from the same high school as former Indiana men's basketball All-American and No. 2 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft Victor Oladipo (DeMatha). Both freshmen Billy McConnell (Philadelphia Union) and Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes) have seen time with reserve squads in Major League Soccer. Head coach Todd Yeagley, associate head coach Brian Maisonneuve, assistant coach Ernie Yarborough and volunteer assistant Kevin Robson all played collegiately at Indiana. Yeagley, Maisonneuve and Yarborough were in fact all teammates from 1992-94.
THOMPSON TWINS? NOT QUITE... The Hoosiers have a set of brothers on the squad this year in freshman Tanner and Tommy Thompson. But while they are the same age athletically and academically, these brothers are not twins. Tanner is the oldest of the two, born Aug. 12, 1994. He graduated from high school a semester early and joining the Hoosiers in January 2013 in time for the spring season. Tommy is his younger brother, born Aug. 15, 1995. He finished high school in just three years to join the Hoosiers in the fall of 2013. They are Indiana legacies as their father Gregg played for Jerry Yeagley from 1978-82. Thompson scored both goals in the Hoosiers' eight-overtime, 2-1 win over Duke in the 1982 NCAA title game. He was inducted into the Indiana Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007.
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