No. 15 IU Opens B1G Play at Ohio State
Sept. 21, 2012
SETTING THE SCENE The Hoosiers open their six-game Big Ten slate with the Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus. Indiana is aiming for its 15th Big Ten regular season title. The Hoosiers last won the conference crown in 2010. The match will be shown live on the Big Ten Network. It is one of two regular-season appearances on the BTN for the Hoosiers. IU won last year's meeting, 1-0 in Bloomington. Indiana has never lost in its Big Ten opener, going 18-0-3 in those matches. Indiana is 2-0 in Sunday matches this season.
NEWS AND NOTES Indiana remains undefeated at home at 2-0-1 with a 2-0 win over No. 22 SIUE on Sept. 14. The Hoosiers managed just one shot in the first half but came back with second-half goals from defender Caleb Konstanski and midfielder Jacob Bushue. Konstanski's second goal of the season and first game winner came off an A.J. Corrado corner kick in the 56th minute. The kick reached the head of Bushue, who flicked the ball on to Konstanski. The senior managed to put it home off his thigh. Bushue's goal in the 71st minute also came as the result of a corner kick. Corrado's kick bounced in the six-yard box off Eriq Zavaleta. It then made its way through a few SIUE defenders before Bushue blasted home a shot from 10 yards out. Senior goalkeeper Luis Soffner recorded his Big Ten-leading fourth shutout of the season. The win is IU's first over a ranked opponent this season. They are 1-1 against teams in the NSCAA top-25. Indiana came back from a two-goal deficit for its 3-2 win over Oregon State 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. Indiana had its scoreless streak 377 minutes snapped by Akron on Sept. 7 with a goal at 18:36 in the match. 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 seven matches this season. Indiana's three-match shutout streak (Cincinnati, Clemson, San Diego State) matched its longest shutout string of the 2011 season (at St. John's, at Rutgers, vs. Penn State).
SCOUTING THE BUCKEYES Ohio State is 3-4-1 on the season, coming off a 4-0 loss at Louisville on Sept. 18. The Buckeyes have posted wins over Davidson (3-2, OT), San Diego State (2-1) and DePaul (2-1). OSU has 10 goals on the season, with two each from Louie Berra, Sebastian Rivas, Kenny Cunningham and Alex Bujenovic. Alex Ivanov and Alex Wimmer have split time in goal, with Ivanov appearing in three matches, allowing five goals for a 1.52 GAA. Wimmer has played 450 minutes in five matches, allowing 11 scores for a 2.20 GAA with 24 saves. Ivanov is 1-1-1 on the season, while Wimmer is 2-3. Ohio State is 2-1-1 in matches at home this season. Head coach John Bluem is in his 16th season at Ohio State. He is assisted by Frank Speth and Taly Goode.
SERIES HISTORY Indiana leads the series 36-4-3 since the Hoosiers became a varsity program in 1973. Three of Indiana's four losses in the series have come since 2008. Two of the four losses came in the 2009 season. The Hoosiers are 17-2 in matches played in Columbus. Nikita Kotlov had the game-winning goal in the 45th minute last year in Bloomington. Four of the last five meetings between the teams have resulted in a 1-0 score line.
OHIO STATE (36-4-3) 10/20/73 W 6-0 A 10/17/76 W 4-2 H 10/14/78 W 2-0 H 10/12/80 W 2-0 A 10/9/82 W 1-0 N 10/2/83 W 3-2 H 11/6/83 W 4-1 A 9/30/84 W 3-2 A 9/20/85 W 4-0 H 9/21/86 W 2-0 A 9/18/87 W 5-0 H 9/18/88 W 2-1 A 9/15/89 W 4-2 H 9/16/90 W 4-0 A 9/15/91 W 5-0 H 10/25/92 W 4-1 A 11/7/92 W 1-0 H 10/24/93 W 7-0 H 10/23/94 W 1-0 A 10/22/95 W 1-0 H 10/27/96 W 1-0 A 10/26/97 W 2-0 H 11/16/97 W 1-0 H! 10/25/98 W 1-0 A 10/24/99 W 2-1 H 10/22/00 W 1-0 A 11/13/00 L 0-1 A! 10/20/01 W 1-0 H 10/20/02 W 4-2 A 10/19/03 W 3-0 H 10/24/04 W 1-0 A 10/23/05 T 2-2 H 11/11/05 W 3-0 N! 10/14/06 W 1-0 A 11/5/06 W 1-0 A! 10/21/07 T 0-0 (2OT) H 11/11/07 T 0-0 (2OT) N! OSU won Big Ten title on PKs 10/26/08 W 3-2 (OT) A 11/13/08 W 1-0 (OT) N! 11/1/09 L 0-1 (OT) H 11/13/09 L 2-4 H! 11/7/10 L 0-1 A 11/5/11 W 1-0 H
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BIG TEN DOMINATION Since the Big Ten began sponsoring men's soccer in 1991, the Hoosier have dominated the league. The Hoosiers are 90-15-12 in regular season matches, tallying 30+ more victories than second-place team Penn State (57). Indiana has never lost in its Big Ten opener, going 18-0-3 in those matches. IU has won 11 Big Ten tournament titles, sharing the 1995 crown with Wisconsin. Indiana has also been crowned regular season champion 14 times, including nine-straight seasons from 1996-2004. IU won back-to-back regular season titles in 2006 and 2007 and re-claimed the regular season crown in 2010. Indiana has been the league's goals-against average leader in 15 of 19 seasons, including 2007 when the Hoosiers allowed just two goals in six matches for a 0.31 GAA. IU has had a league-record 11 Big Ten Players of the Year, including three of the last five seasons. Will Bruin won the award in 2010. The Hoosiers have also boasted the Freshman of the Year three of the last five years. Eriq Zavaleta won the award in 2011.
BUSHUE, KONSTANSKI EARN BIG TEN HONORS After Friday's 2-0 win over No. 22 SIUE, midfielder Jacob Bushue was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, while defender Caleb Konstanski was named the co-Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday. Bushue tallied his first goal of the season with a strike in the 71st minute that gave Indiana a 2-0 lead. He also played a part in the game-winning goal, flicking the ball on to Konstanski for the score. He was also named to the Soccer America Team of the Week. Konstanski's second goal of the season was also his first game winner. He gave Indiana a 1-0 lead over SIUE in the 56th minute, corralling the ball from Bushue on a play that began with a corner kick from A.J. Corrado. The center back also played a key defensive role in the Hoosiers' fourth shutout in seven matches this season. Konstanski shares the defensive award with Wisconsin's Chase Rau. It is the second time this year the Hoosiers have swept POW honors (Sept. 3: Zavaleta/Soffner).
SECOND-HALF STANDOUTS Indiana has been a slow starter this season with just two first-half goals. But when it comes to the second half, watch out. The Hoosiers have scored 11 of their 13 goals in the second half, while allowing zero goals in the same time frame. IU is out-shooting its opponents 61-36 in second-half action, while the Hoosiers and their opponents have both taken 35 shots in the first half of play. When it comes to overtime, Indiana has out-shot its opponents 4-1 in the extra time.
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 seven 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 two of the team's five game-winning goals this season. He currently leads the Big Ten in shots (25), shots per game (3.57), points (12), points per game (1.71), goals (6), goals per game (0.86) 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 seven matches Soffner has posted four shutouts and had a streak of 377 scoreless minutes so far this season. Indiana has allowed just four goals this season, tied for the fewest among Big Ten teams, with Soffner playing all 650 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 shutouts (4) and saves (26). He is second in goals-against average (0.55), save percentage (.867) and shutouts per game (0.57).
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 66 of 67 matches played in goal. Konstanski is a fourth-year senior, having started 53 of 59 matches. He has made 29-consecutive starts for the Hoosiers.
INDIANA IN THE POLLS Indiana climbed one spot to No. 15 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) rankings. The Hoosiers moved back up two spots to No. 14 in the Soccer America poll. Indiana moved up one spot to No. 8 in the Top Drawer Soccer Tournament 48 and remained at No. 13 in the College Soccer News Top 25. The Hoosiers remain at No. 13 in the Soccer Times poll.
HOOSIERS IN THE BIG TEN (as of 9/18) Indiana is tied for the conference lead in wins with a 5-1-1 record. The team currently ranks first in the conference in goals (13), goals per game (1.86), goals allowed (4), goals-against average (0.55) and corner kicks (50). Sophomore Eriq Zavaleta leads the league in shots (25), shots per game (3.57), points (12), points per game (1.71), goals (6), goals per game (0.86) and game-winning goals (2). Goalkeeper Luis Soffner leads the conference in shutouts (4) and saves (26) and is second in goals-against average (0.55) and save percentage (.867).
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 was 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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