No. 16 IU Hosts No. 22 SIUE Friday Night
Sept. 12, 2012
SETTING THE SCENE The Hoosiers return home for their third match of the season on Jerry Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium. Indiana is 1-0-1 at home, playing four of its first six matches away from Bloomington. This starts a leisurely stretch in the schedule for IU, with just four matches over the final 21 days of September. This is the first meeting with SIUE since 1989. Both Indiana's and SIUE's only losses have come against the Akron Zips.
NEWS AND NOTES The Hoosiers found themselves trailing 2-0 to Oregon State in the 24th minute before putting up three unanswered goals in a 3-2 victory on Sept. 9. The last time IU came back from a two-goal deficit was Oct. 31, 2010 against Northwestern. Trailing 2-0 after the 46th minute, the Hoosiers put up three unanswered goals in regulation to win the Big Ten regular season title. A.J. Corrado cut the OSU lead to one with his first goal of the season in the 62nd minute. Eriq Zavaleta's sixth goal of the year tied the match at 2-2 in the 63rd minute, putting in a header off service from Harrison Petts. The third goal came on an own goal off a corner kick from Corrado in the 66th minute. All of IU's scoring came between 61:04 and 65:52 on the clock. Defender Kerel Bradford and Corrado were named to the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament all-tournament team. Zavaleta is currently tied for the NCAA Division I lead in goals scored with six. Indiana had its scoreless streak 377 minutes snapped by Akron on Sept. 7 with a goal at 18:36 in the match. Freshman Femi Hollinger-Janzen earned his first career start in the match against Akron. The Hoosiers are 0-3-1 in their last four meetings with the Zips but still lead the all-time series 24-6-2. Indiana has been shut out in three of the last four meetings (0-0 in 2008, 1-0 loss in 2009, 1-0 loss in 2012). Zavaleta has two multiple-goal games already this season (vs. Cincinnati, vs. Clemson) and is more than halfway to matching his 2011 goal total with six in six matches this season. Indiana's three-match shutout streak matched its longest shutout string of the 2011 season (at St. John's, at Rutgers, vs. Penn State). SCOUTING THE COUGARS SIUE is 5-1 on the season with its only loss a 2-1 setback to Akron in Omaha, Neb. The Cougars bring a two-match win streak into Armstrong Stadium with home wins over DePaul (3-0) and UMKC (1-0) last weekend. Sophomore forward Christian Volesky has started all six matches and leads the team with three goals scored. Senior forward Jared Tejada is next on the list with two goals and two assists. Junior goalkeeper John Berner has started all six matches between the pipes, allowing three goals in 530:52 minutes for a 0.51 GAA. He has tallied 17 saves as the team has shut out four of six opponents. Head coach Kevin Kalish is in his fifth season as head coach at SIUE. He is assisted by Scott Donnelly, Jon Boyer and Brian Jones.
SERIES HISTORY Indiana leads the series 12-2-0, with the teams first meeting coming in 1974. The Hoosiers have won 11-straight matches in the series, with the last meeting coming in 1989, a 5-1 win in Bloomington. IU is 8-0 in matchups at home. SIUE has scored just 10 goals in the 14 meetings, while Indiana has put 26 on the board.
SIU-EDWARDSVILLE (12-2-0) 11/16/74 L 0-2 A* 11/28/76 W 1-0 H* 11/17/77 L 2-3 A* 11/26/78 W 2-0 H* 9/20/80 W 1-0 A 9/27/81 W 3-2 H 9/22/82 W 1-0 A 12/5/82 W 1-0 H* 9/9/83 W 2-0 H 10/30/84 W 1-0 A 9/29/85 W 3-2 H 10/18/87 W 3-0 H 10/16/88 W 1-0 A 10/15/89 W 5-1 H
INDIANA vs. MVC Indiana is 41-10-4 against teams currently in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Hoosiers are 24-4-3 vs. Evansville, 3-4-0 vs. Creighton, 12-2-0 vs. SIUE, 0-0-1 vs. Bradley and 2-0 vs. Drake. Indiana's last matchup against an MVC team was a 2-1 win at Evansville last season.
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ZA-VA-LE-TA There are no worries about a sophomore slump for Eriq Zavaleta. After tallying 10 goals as a freshman in 2010 and earning Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors, the sophomore has gotten off to a strong start in 2012. Zavaleta has six goals in six matches this season, including multiple goal efforts vs. Cincinnati (2) and Clemson (2). Last season Zavaleta did not score his sixth goal until the 13th match of the year. He is currently on pace for an 18-goal season, which would match Will Bruin's 2010 campaign where he finished runner-up for the MAC Hermann Trophy. Zavaleta is an efficient scorer with his six goals coming on just 25 shot attempts. He is also efficient in his shot selection, with 14 of his 25 attempts on goal (56 %). Zavaleta has half of the Hoosiers' game-winning goals this season with two. He currently leads the Big Ten in shots (25), shots per game (4.17), points (12), points per game (2.00), goals (6), goals per game (1.00) and game-winning goals (2).
SOFFNER TAKES A HARD LINE Senior goalkeeper Luis Soffner is off to the best start of his career in 2012. In six matches Soffner has posted three shutouts and had a streak of 377 scoreless minutes so far this season. Indiana has allowed just four goals this season, the fewest among Big Ten teams, with Soffner playing all 560 minutes in goal this year. Named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 2 after a pair of shutouts over Clemson and San Diego State, Soffner leads the Big Ten in goals against average (0.64), save percentage (.833), shutouts (3) and shutouts per game (0.50).
TEAM CAPTAINS Senior goalkeeper Luis Soffner and senior defender Caleb Konstanski were both named team captains for the 2012 season. Soffner is in his fifth season at IU, starting 65 of 66 matches played in goal. Konstanski is a fourth-year senior, having started 52 of 58 matches. He has made 28-consecutive starts for the Hoosiers.
INDIANA IN THE POLLS Indiana dropped to No. 16 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) rankings. The Hoosiers dropped nine spots to No. 16 in the Soccer America poll. Indiana moved up one spot to No. 9 in the Top Drawer Soccer Tournament 48 and moved down three spots to No. 13 in the College Soccer News Top 25.
HOOSIERS IN THE BIG TEN Indiana leads the conference in victories with a 4-1-1 record. The team currently ranks first in the conference in points (27), goals (11), goals-against average (0.64) and is tied for first in shutouts (3) and corner kicks (42). Sophomore Eriq Zavaleta leads the league in shots (25), shots per game (4.17), points (12), points per game (2.00), goals (6), goals per game (1.00) and game-winning goals (2). Goalkeeper Luis Soffner leads the conference in goals-against average (0.64), save percentage (.833) and shutouts (3).
INDIANA 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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