Soccer Faces Bakersfield, UC Irvine This Weekend
Sept. 11, 2013
SETTING THE SCENE Indiana is looking to snap a three-game losing streak when it plays host to Bakersfield Friday night at Armstrong Stadium. Indiana has lost three-straight matches in overtime, including Sunday's 5-4 2OT loss to West Virginia. It is the first time IU has played three-straight OT matches since 2006 and the first three-match losing streak since 2011. It is the first time in program history IU has lost three-straight extra-time matches. After Friday's match with Bakersfield the Hoosiers will play host to the UC Irvine Anteaters at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.
NEWS AND NOTES It was heartbreak for the third-straight game for IU as they dropped a 5-4 thriller in double overtime to West Virginia on Sept. 8. West Virginia jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute, but the Hoosiers tied things up in the 33rd minute on a header from Jacob Bushue. It only took the Mountaineers two minutes to gain back the lead at 2-1 and that is how the teams would head into the lockerroom at halftime. West Virginia added a third goal in the 55th minute to extend their lead. But the Hoosiers began chipping away as Harrison Petts' score in the 59th minute cut the deficit to one. Tanner Thompson knotted the score at 3-all in the 72nd minute with his first career goal but again the Hoosiers could not hang on as two minutes later West Virginia would score for a 4-3 lead. With time winding down, Nikita Kotlov tallied his first goal of the season to tie the game at 4-4 in the 83rd minute, sending the match to extra time. The Hoosiers had several scoring opportunities in the first 10-minute golden goal OT, including a shot on an open net from Tommy Thompson that was right of goal. Early in the second OT it looked as though the Hoosiers had a game winner when Thompson headed the ball into the back of the net, but the Hoosiers were called for a handball in the box, negating the score. That allowed West Virginia's Ryan Cain to smash home the winning goal in the 103rd minute, sending the Hoosiers to their third-straight OT loss. True freshman Colin Webb made his Hoosier debut in goal, replacing an injured Michael Soderlund, and finished with five saves. 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. Indiana 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 ROADRUNNERS Bakersfield is 2-1 on the season, opening with a 4-0 loss to Denver before reeling off consecutive wins at Sacramento State (3-0) and UC Davis (2-0). Eduardo Caldaza leads the team in scoring with three goals (6 points). Giovanni Godoy and Joe Masumiya have one goal each. Opponents are out-shooting the Roadrunners by a 64-35 margin and have taken 23 corner kicks to Bakersfield's 14. Anthony Perez has played all 270 minutes in goal, allowing four scores for a 1.33 GAA. Head coach Simon Tobin is in his 27th season at Bakersfield. He is assisted by Keith Costigan and Justin Finch.
SERIES HISTORY This is the first meeting between the two schools.
INDIANA vs. WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE Indiana is 6-1 vs. teams currently in the Western Athletic Conference. They are 1-0 vs. Air Force, 1-0 vs. Seattle, 2-1 vs. UNLV and 2-0 vs. San Jose State.
SCOUTING THE ANTEATERS UC Irvine enters the weekend with a 2-1-1 record, coming off a 2-0 loss at Xavier on Tuesday. Irvine will play at Louisville on Sept. 13 before meeting the Hoosiers. Enrique Cardenas leads the team with a pair of goals this season, while Lester Hayes III and Dennis Martinez have scored one goal each. Irvine has 1-0 wins over Marist and San Diego State, with a 2-2 tie vs. Iona. Michael Breslin has played all 380 minutes in goal, allowing four scores for a 0.95 GAA. He has tallied six saves on the year. Head coach George Kuntz is in his 20th season at Irvine. He is assisted by Chris Volk and Mike Ditta.
SERIES HISTORY This is the first meeting between the two schools.
INDIANA vs. BIG WEST Indiana is 5-5 vs. teams currently in the Big West. They are 2-2 vs. UC Santa Barbara, 0-1 vs. Cal Poly, 1-0 vs. Cal State Northridge, and 2-2 vs. Cal State Fullerton.
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LEFT COAST Indiana is 2-3-1 against West Coast teams since Todd Yeagley took over the program in 2010. The Hoosiers have wins over UCLA (5-1, 2010) and Oregon State (3-2, 2012) and losses to California (2-1 OT, 2010), Cal Poly (1-0, 2010) and UCLA (1-0 OT, 2013). The Hoosiers and San Diego State played to a 0-0 tie in 2012.
OT? OH, NO... Extra time has not been kind to the Hoosiers this season as they are 0-3 in games that extend beyond 90 minutes. The Hoosiers were downed just 49 seconds into the first overtime on Sept. 1 vs. UCLA, falling to the Bruins by a 1-0 score. After giving up a penalty kick with 46 seconds left in regulation to tie the game a 1-1, Indiana saw UAB score the game-winning goal with 17 seconds left in the first OT for a 2-1 victory on Sept. 6. It was three-straight OTs on Sept. 8 as IU came back from a 3-1 deficit to tie the game at 4-4, but the Mountaineers were victorious in the 103rd minute. Indiana is 5-11-18 in overtime matches since the 2007 season.
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. Tanner became the first of the Thompson brothers to put points on the board, scoring his first career goal in a 5-4 2OT loss to West Virginia on Sept. 8. Freshman Colin Webb made his IU debut vs. the Mountaineers, playing all 90 minutes in goal and tallying five saves.
CAPTAIN TO CAPTAIN Captains Jacob Bushue and Harrison Petts were instrumental in several of the Hoosiers' goals in a 5-4 2 OT loss to West Virginia on Sept. 8. Bushue put the Hoosiers on the board in the 33rd minute as he headed home a free kick from Petts. For Indiana's second goal of the night the roles were reversed as Bushue played a ball into the box that was slotted home by Petts in the 59th minute. Bushue picked up his second assist of the night on Nikita Kotlov's game-tying goal in the 83rd minute. Bushue currently leads the team in scoring with 4 points (1 goal, 2 assists).
YEAGLEY, MAISONNEUVE TO IU HALL OF FAME It was announced Sept. 5 that Todd Yeagley and Brian Maisonneuve will be inducted into the IU Athletics Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame induction will take place on Oct. 4. Yeagley and Maisonneuve become the fifth and sixth soccer players elected to the HOF, joining Angelo DiBernardo, Armando Betancourt, John Stollmeyer and Gregg Thompson. One of the most decorated players in IU Soccer history, Yeagley won soccer letters in 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994, and was All-Big Ten in 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1994. He was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 1991 and second-team All-American in 1991, 1992, 1993, and first-team All-American in 1994. He is one of only two IU players to earn All-American honors all four years. Yeagley also received the Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year award in 1994. He still ranks third on the IU career list in assists with 40. Yeagley played for Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew from 1996-2002 and was assistant general manager for the Crew in 2002. Maisonneuve represented Indiana Soccer at the highest levels, competing at the 1996 Olympics and the 1998 World Cup as a member of the U.S. Men's National Team. He won soccer letters in 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994 and was All-Big Ten in 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994 and Big Ten Player-of-the-Year in 1993 and 1994. Maisonneuve was Academic All-Big Ten in 1993 and 1994, first-team All-America in 1994 and second-team All-America in 1993. He won the Herrmann Trophy in 1994 as National Player of the Year. He ranked ninth in career points upon graduation and still sits among the top 15. Maisonneuve played for Major League Soccer's Columbus Crew from 1996-2005, where he was a three-time MLS All-Star. He served as assistant coach with the U-17 National Team and the U-20 National Team from 2005-2008. Maisonneuve was an assistant coach at the University of Louisville from 2008-2010 and joined Indiana University as assistant coach in 2010.
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 IN THE POLLS The Hoosiers dropped out of the NSCAA and Soccer America polls after falling to 1-3 on the season. Indiana dropped to No. 20 in the Top Drawer Soccer poll and is receiving votes in the College Soccer News rankings. 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.
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