IU Opens B1G Play with Ohio State
Sept. 27, 2013
SETTING THE SCENE The Hoosiers look to bounce back from a gut-wrenching 3-2 2OT loss at Butler on Wednesday. Indiana led 2-0 with less than four minutes left in regulation before giving up two late goals to send the match to OT. Butler won the game in the 104th minute. The Hoosiers are 2-1-1 in their last four games and out-scoring opponents 9-6 during that span. This is the 45th meeting between the Hoosiers and Buckeyes. Indiana has won the last two meetings after losing three straight. The match kick's off the Big Ten Network's coverage of conference men's soccer.
NEWS AND NOTES Indiana looked to be comfortably in control at Butler on Sept. 25 but a pair of goals in the 87th and 89th minutes led to a 3-2 double overtime loss for IU. After an up-and-down first half, the Hoosiers asserted control in the second period and it paid off with a goal for Femi Hollinger-Janzen at 52:04. The scoring play began with a throw-in from A.J. Corrado to Tommy Thompson. Thompson took the ball up the flank and made his way into the penalty area, where he sent a back pass on an on-rushing Hollinger-Janzen. It was Hollinger-Janzen's third goal of the year and the first career assist for Thompson. In the 62nd minute it was Thompson's turn to find the back of the net when he nutmegged Butler goalkeeper Jon Dawson for the score, his third of the season. Indiana looked to be well on its way to a victory and its first shutout of the season when Butler got a goal back at 86:55. The Hoosiers were still on top but with 1:56 on the clock David Goldsmith headed home a ball to knot things at 2-2. It was Goldsmith again 3:19 into the second overtime with another header for the game-winning score. The Hoosiers dropped to 0-4-1 in OT games this season.
SCOUTING THE BUCKEYES Ohio State enters this Sunday's match with a record of 2-4-2, 0-2-1 in matches away from Columbus. Its wins this season have come vs. Northern Illinois (2-0) and SMU (1-0). They are 0-2-2 in their last four matches. The Buckeyes have scored six goals this season, will all coming from six different players. Christian Soldat and Sage Gardner lead the way in the scoring tally with three points each (1g, 1a). Alex Ivanov has played seven matches in goal, allowing seven scores in 643:21 minutes for a 0.98 GAA. Opponents are out-shooting the Buckeyes 154-76. The Buckeyes are coached by John Bluem, with assistants Frank Speth, Taly Goode and Nathan Kish.
SERIES HISTORY Indiana leads the all-time series, 37-4-3. The Hoosiers have won two straight with a 2-0 win in 2012 in Columbus and a 1-0 victory in 2011 in Bloomington. Three of the Buckeyes' four wins in the series came in 2009 and 2010. 29 of the 44 meetings have been shutouts for the Hoosiers. Sophomore Andrew Oliver's first career goal came against the Buckeyes last season. Nikita Kotlov had the game winner in 2011.
BIG TEN DOMINATION Since the Big Ten began sponsoring men's soccer in 1991, the Hoosier have dominated the league. The Hoosiers are 93-17-13 in regular season matches, tallying 30+ more victories than second-place team Penn State (60). Indiana has never lost in its Big Ten opener, going 19-0-3 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 22 seasons, including 2012 whe IU's Luis Soffner led the league with a 0.72 GAA. IU has had a league-record 11 Big Ten Players of the Year, including four of the last six seasons. Eriq Zavaleta won the award in 2012. The Hoosiers have also boasted the Freshman of the Year three of the last six years. Eriq Zavaleta won the award in 2011.
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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 22, but just six 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.
NEED HELP? CALL THOMPSON AND THOMPSON The freshman duo of Tanner and Tommy Thompson has provided a spark for the Indiana offense this season. Tommy is tied for the team lead in goals scored (three) and total points (seven). Tanner is sixth in scoring with four points off one goal and two assists. Tommy has scored in three of the last four 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. He also gave Indiana a 2-0 lead at No. 23 Butler on Sept. 25. In game game he tallied his first career assist. 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 eight games this season, while Tanner has come in off the bench for all eight matches.
OT? OH, NO... Extra time has not been kind to the Hoosiers this season as they are 0-4-1 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. The Hoosiers suffered their fourth OT loss of the season when they dropped a 3-2 decision in double overtime at No. 23 Butler on Sept. 25. Indiana led that match 2-0 will less than four minutes to play in regulation. Indiana is 5-12-19 in overtime matches since the 2007 season. The five OT matches in the first eight games isn't quite an IU record. Indiana played five OT matches in its first seven games of 1996. Indiana has matched its OT total from 2012.
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 16 goals this season. Tommy Thompson and Femi Hollinger-Janzen lead the way with three goals each. Jacob Bushue, A.J. Corrado and Nikita Kotlov are right behind 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.
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. Seven of Indiana's 2013 opponents are in this week's NSCAA and Soccer America top-25. 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.
RIGHT WHERE HE LEFT OFF Sophomore forward Femi Hollinger-Janzen picked up right where he left off, currently tied for the team lead in goals scored with three. Femi scored 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. His third goal of the year put the Hoosiers on top 1-0 at No. 23 Butler on Sept. 25. Hollinger-Janzen made his first start of the season in a 2-1 win over Brown on Sept. 20.
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