No. 11 IU Faces No. 8 Notre Dame Wednesday
Sept. 25, 2012
SETTING THE SCENE Indiana takes on in-state foe Notre Dame in a mid-week nonconference match. The Fighting Irish are coming off their first loss of the season, 2-1 at Louisville. The match will be shown live on BigTenNetwork.com and will re-air on the Big Ten Network on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 3 p.m. ET. The teams are 1-1-1 in the last three meetings, including last year's 0-0 tie in the season opener. The Hoosiers have won three of the last five meetings. This is the Hoosiers' first mid-week match of the season.
NEWS AND NOTES Andrew Oliver got the scoring monkey off his back with his first in a 2-0 win at Ohio State on Sept. 23. The freshman's game winner came in the 31st minute with a shot that deflected off the goalkeeper. Eriq Zavaleta added the insurance goal with a penalty kick in the 47th minute, his Big Ten-leading seventh goal of the year. It was Oliver who was taken down in the box to set up the play. Indiana is undefeated at home this season with a 2-0-1 record. Tonight will be senior center back Caleb Konstanski's 31st-consecutive start for IU. Senior goalkeeper Luis Soffner has allowed just four goals in 740 minutes of play for a 0.49 GAA. He has five shutouts in eight matches. His single-season best is nine shutouts, coming in 2009. Soffner ranks seventh nationally in goals-against average and save percentage (.889). His 25 career shutouts ranks eighth on the IU career list. His 214 career saves (32 in 2012) puts him at fifth on the all-time IU list. The Hoosiers have yet to allow a second-half goal. They have out-scored opponents 12-0 in the second half. The Hoosiers are 2-for-2 in penalty kicks this season, with both makes coming from Zavaleta. Zavaleta ranks tied for eighth nationally in goals scored with seven. Indiana's 15 goals have come from six difference players. The win over SIUE on Sept. 12 was IU's first over a ranked opponent this season. They are 1-1 against teams in the NSCAA top-25. 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 seven in eight 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). 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.
SCOUTING THE FIGHTING IRISH The Fighting Irish are coming off their first loss of the 2012 season, a 2-1 defeat at Louisville. Previously Notre Dame had rattled off seven-consecutive wins, including a 1-0 win over Duke an a 3-1 win over Akron. Notre Dame is 2-0 against the Big Ten with a 2-0 win over Michigan State and a 1-0 win in double overtime at Michigan. Ryan Finley leads the way in scoring with six goals and one assist. Dillon Powers and Harrison Shipp have two goals each. Will Walsh has played a majority of minutes in goal for the Fighting Irish, allowing four goals in 450 minutes for a 0.80 GAA and a 4-1 record. Patrick Wall is 3-0 with a 0.63 GAA and one shutout. 10 of Notre Dame's 14 goals have come after halftime. Head coach Bobby Clark is in his 12th season at Notre Dame. He is assisted by B.J Craig, Greg Dalby and Vern Gingerich.
SERIES HISTORY Indiana leads the all-time series 26-6-3 since 1973. The Hoosiers have won three of the last five meetings but are 0-1-1 in the last two matchups. Indiana has not won in Bloomington since a 3-1 victory in 2008. A total of 24 goals have been scored in the last six meetings, including a 5-4 OT victory by Notre Dame in 2006 and a 3-2 win by the Hoosiers in 2007. The Hoosiers have been shut out just four times in 35 meetings, including last season's 0-0 tie in South Bend.
NOTRE DAME (26-6-3) 9/14/73 W 5-1 A 9/13/74 W 11-1 H 10/22/78 W 7-1 H 9/28/79 W 4-0 A 9/28/80 W 4-0 H 10/25/81 W 2-0 A 9/24/82 W 4-0 H 9/25/83 W 4-0 A 9/23/84 W 5-1 H 9/22/85 W 4-0 A 9/12/86 W 2-0 H 9/13/87 L 3-4 A 9/9/88 T 1-1 H 9/29/89 W 3-1 A 9/27/91 W 4-1 A 9/25/92 W 3-0 H 9/24/93 W 3-0 A 9/23/94 W 2-0 A 11/20/94 W 1-0 N 9/22/95 W 4-2 A 9/27/96 W 3-0 H 9/2/97 W 4-0 A 10/17/01 L 0-1 H 11/27/02 W 1-0 H* 9/18/03 L 0-1 (OT) A 9/15/04 W 2-0 H 10/26/05 W 3-0 A 11/22/05 L 0-2 H* 9/3/06 L 4-5 (OT) H 10/17/07 W 3-2 A 10/16/08 W 3-1 H 10/14/09 W 3-0 A 10/6/10 L 1-2 H 8/27/11 T 0-0 (2OT) A
INDIANA vs. BIG EAST Indiana is 76-17-10 all-time against teams currently in the BIG EAST. The Hoosiers are 12-0 vs. Cincinnati, 2-3-1 vs. Connecticut, 0-0-1 vs. Georgetown, 16-3-0 vs. Louisville, 9-0-1 vs. Marquette, 26-6-3 vs. Notre Dame, 5-1-1 vs. Rutgers, 2-3-2 vs. St. John's, 2-0-0 vs. Seton Hall and 2-1-1 vs. USF. Indiana will face BIG EAST member Louisville on Oct. 10 in Louisville. The Hoosiers defeated Cincinnati 3-0 on Aug. 26.
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SOFFNER NAMED B1G PLAYER OF THE WEEK For the second time this season, senior goalkeeper Luis Soffner is the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced on Sept. 24. Soffner picked up his fifth shutout of the season in the Hoosiers' 2-0 win at Ohio State on Sept. 23. Facing 16 Buckeye shots, Soffner notched six saves to earn his sixth victory of the season. Currently, Soffner leads the Big Ten in goals-against average (0.49), save percentage (.889), saves (32), shutouts (5) and shutouts per game (0.62). This is the sixth Big Ten Player of the Week honor for a Hoosier this season. Eriq Zavaleta (Aug. 27, Sept. 3), Jacob Bushue (Sept. 17) and Caleb Konstanski (Sept. 17) join Soffner on the conference honor roll.
INDIANA IN THE POLLS Indiana climbed four places to No. 11 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) rankings. The Hoosiers climbed four spots to No. 10 in the Soccer America poll. Indiana moved up one spot to No. 7 in the Top Drawer Soccer Tournament 48 and remained at No. 13 in the College Soccer News Top 25 for the third week. The Hoosiers jump five spots to No. 8 in the Soccer Times poll.
HOOSIERS IN THE BIG TEN (as of 9/24) Indiana is tied for the conference lead in wins with a 6-1-1 record. The team currently ranks first in the conference in goals (15), goals per game (1.88), goals allowed (4), and goals-against average (0.49). Sophomore Eriq Zavaleta leads the league in shots per game (3.38), points (14), points per game (1.75), goals (7) and goals per game (0.88). He is second in total shots with 27. Goalkeeper Luis Soffner leads the conference in goals-against average (0.49), save percentage (.889), saves (32), shutouts 95) and shutouts per game (0.62).
SECOND-HALF STANDOUTS Indiana has been a slow starter this season with just three first-half goals. But when it comes to the second half, watch out. The Hoosiers have scored 12 of their 15 goals in the second half, while allowing zero goals in the same time frame. IU is out-shooting its opponents 65-46 in second-half action, while the Hoosiers and their opponents have both taken 41 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 seven goals in eight 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 seven goals coming on just 27 shot attempts. He is also efficient in his shot selection, with 15 of his 27 attempts on goal (55%). Zavaleta has two of the team's six 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).
THE WALL OF SOFFNER Senior goalkeeper Luis Soffner is off to the best start of his career in 2012. In eight matches Soffner has posted five 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 740 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, and on Sept. 24 after a 2-0 shutout of Ohio State, Soffner leads the conference in goals-against average (0.49), save percentage (.889), saves (32), shutouts 95) and shutouts per game (0.62).
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 67 of 68 matches played in goal. Konstanski is a fourth-year senior, having started 54 of 560 matches. He has made 30-consecutive starts for the Hoosiers.
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