IU at Butler Wednesday Night
Sept. 23, 2013
SETTING THE SCENE Indiana takes a three match unbeaten streak into its second road match of the season as it travels to Butler on Wednesday. The Hoosiers are 2-0-1 in their last two games and out-scoring opponents 7-3 during that span. This is the 26th meeting between Butler and Indiana. The Hoosiers have won two straight in the series. Indiana is 0-1 in road games this year.
NEWS AND NOTES Indiana upped its unbeaten streak to three matches with a 2-1 win over Brown on Sept. 20 in Bloomington. Junior Dylan Mares gave Indiana a 1-0 lead in the 27th minute when he curled his free kick from 23 yards out into the upper right for his first goal as a Hoosier. The play was set up when freshman Tommy Thompson was fouled just outside the 18-yard box. The Hoosiers out-shot Brown 7-2 in the first period. The Bears tied the match at 72:08 with a header to the back post from Jose Salama. It only took Indiana 37 seconds to jump back into the lead as Nikita Kotlov, who had entered the game for the first time just minutes earlier, headed home a free kick from A.J. Corrado. It was a great present for both Kotlov and head coach Todd Yeagley as both celebrated their birthdays that day. Mares led the Hoosiers with four shot attempts, while GK Michael Soderlund tallied two saves in his third win of the season. It was the first victory for IU this season when scoring first in the match.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS Butler is 5-1-1 on the season and coming off a 3-0 win over Brown on Sept. 22. They also have a 1-0 win at Louisville on Sept. 7. The Bulldogs' lone loss is a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Northwestern. David Goldsmith leads the team in goals (five) and total points (11). Two of his five scores have been game winners. Jeff Adkins, Zach Steinberger and Anthony Smith Jr. have two goals each. Jon Dawson has started six of seven matches in goal and is 4-1-1 on the season with a pair of shutouts. He has 21 saves and six goals allowed for a 0.96 GAA. Head coach Paul Snape is in his third season at Butler. He is assisted by Adam Bruh and Jason Perry.
SERIES HISTORY Indiana leads the all-time series, 21-3-1. The Hoosiers have won two straight in the series, but two of Butler's three all-time wins have come since 2009. Butler was a 2-1 (2OT) winner during the 2009 regular season, but the Hoosiers came back to bounce the Bulldogs out of the NCAA Tournament in the second round by a 1-0 score. Butler also was a 4-1 winner during the 2010 regular season. The third victory came in 1995 by a 1-0 score. All three of Butler's wins have come in Bloomington. Indiana is 10-0 when traveling to Butler.
INDIANA vs. BIG EAST Indiana is 31-10-4 against the new-look BIG EAST. The Hoosiers are 21-3-1 vs. Butler, 4-4 vs. Creighton, 1-0-1 vs. Georgetown, 2-3-2 vs. St. John's, 2-0 vs. Seton Hall and 1-0 vs. Xavier.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO...ME Senior Nikita Kotlov celebrated his 22nd birthday in style on Sept. 20 as he netted the game-winning goal for the Hoosiers in a 2-1 victory over Brown. That win allowed the Hoosiers to climb back to .500 for the first time since the first week of the season. It was also a great birthday present for head coach Todd Yeagley, who celebrated on the same day.
OFF THE SCHNIDE After a frustrating start to his debut season at IU, junior attacking midfielder Dylan Mares finally found his way onto the scoreboard in a 2-1 win over Brown on Sept. 20. Mares is second on the team in shots with 20, but just five of those have been on frame as he searched to find his form early on. He finally broke through in the 27th minute vs. Brown, taking a free kick from 23 yards out at the top of the box that found the upper right-hand corner. Mares is no stranger to scoring as he led Louisville in goals scored last season with seven and had eight goals as a freshman in 2010.
INDIANA IN THE POLLS For the first time this season Indiana is unranked in all four major college soccer polls (NSCAA, Soccer America, Top Drawer Soccer, College Soccer News). The Hoosiers were No. 23 in last week's Top Drawer Soccer poll but dropped out despite going undefeated last week. 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.
NEED HELP? CALL THOMPSON AND THOMPSON The freshman duo of Tanner and Tommy Thompson has provided a spark for the Indiana offense this season. The brothers are tied for fourth on the team in scoring with four points. Tommy has two goals on the season, while Tanner has one goal and two assists. Tommy has scored in two of the last three games, putting in the game-tying goal in a 4-1 win over Bakersfield and giving IU a 1-0 lead in what would be a 1-1 tie with UC Irvine. Tanner tallied his first goal of the season in a 5-4, double OT loss to West Virginia on Sept. 8. He then assisted on two goals, including Jacob Bushue's game winner, in a 4-1 win over Bakersfield. Tommy has started all seven games this season, while Tanner has come in off the bench for all seven matches.
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OT? OH, NO... Extra time has not been kind to the Hoosiers this season as they are 0-3-1 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 finally held its ground in OT on Sept. 15, playing UC Irvine to a 1-1 tie. Indiana is 5-11-19 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. Hollinger-Janzen tallied his second goal of the year in a 4-1 win over Bakersfield on Sept. 13, putting home a shot to the lower right off a pass from Tanner Thompson. Hollinger-Janzen made his first start of the season in a 2-1 win over Brown on Sept. 20.
A LITTLE HISTORY LESSON Did you know that through the first six matches of the 2003 season, the Indiana Hoosiers had a record of 2-2-2? After eight matches that record stood at 2-3-4. What did that slow start mean? Nothing, as the 2003 squad went on to capture the program's sixth national title with a final record of 17-3-5.
SCORING BY COMMITTEE Indiana knew going into this season that with the loss of 18-goal scorer Eriq Zavaleta, it would take several Hoosiers to step up and find the back of the net. That is exactly what has happened as nine different players account for Indiana's 14 goals this season. Jacob Bushue, A.J. Corrado, Tommy Thompson, Nikita Kotlov and Femi Hollinger-Janzen lead the way with two goals each. Dylan Mares, Tanner Thompson, Harrison Petts and Patrick Doody have also gotten in on the scoring action with one goal each.
ARE YOU NEW? Four new faces took the field for the Indiana soccer program on opening 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 6 points (2 goals, 2 assists).
THOMPSON TWINS? NOT QUITE... The Hoosiers have a set of brothers on the squad this year in freshmen 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. The elder 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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