IU Travels to Penn State for B1G Matchup
Sept. 28, 2012
SETTING THE SCENE Indiana takes its unblemished Big Ten record into State College for a meeting with conference foe Penn State. The Nittany Lions are also undefeated in conference play and 6-2-1 overall. Both teams are coming off mid-week losses. Indiana is 6-8-2 all-time in games played at Penn State. This is the Hoosiers' second-straight conference road match. Three of their final four Big Ten matches will be played at Armstrong Stadium.
NEWS AND NOTES The Hoosiers saw their three-game win streak snapped with a 1-0 loss to No. 8 Notre Dame on Sept. 26 in Bloomington. Indiana held of the Fighting Irish until the 71st minute when Grant Van De Casteele slipped in a header off a corner kick. It was the first second-half goal allowed by the Hoosiers this season. Goalkeeper Luis Soffner finished with a season-high eight saves, including a spectacular stop in the first half of a Nick Besler shot from close range. Indiana's only shot on goal came from Femi Hollinger-Janzen in the closing minutes of the match. The Hoosiers had 12 shots overall, eight of which came in the second half of play. Indiana is 2-0 in true road matches this season with wins over Saint Louis and Ohio State. Tonight will be senior center back Caleb Konstanski's 32nd-consecutive start for IU. Senior goalkeeper Luis Soffner has allowed just five goals in 830 minutes of play for a 0.54 GAA. He has five shutouts in nine matches. His single-season best is nine shutouts, coming in 2009. In the most recent set of NCAA rankings on Sept. 24, Soffner ranked 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 out-scored opponents 12-1 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 1-2 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 NITTANY LIONS The Nittany Lions carry an identical record to the Hoosiers at 6-2-1 overall and 1-0 in Big Ten play. Penn State's B1G victory also came on the road, a 1-0 win at Wisconsin last week. They are also coming off a mid-week loss, falling on the road to Lehigh by a 1-0 score. John Gallagher, who has started all nine matches, will not be available for Saturday's match after receiving a red card against Lehigh. Julian Cardona leads the Penn State offensive with five goals and one assist. Kelton Cheney (2 goals) and Daniel Burnham (2 goals, 1 assist) are the two other players with multiple goals this season. The Nittany Lions have allowed just five goals this year and are out-scoring opponents 8-3 in the second half. Goalkeeper Andrew Wolverton has appeared in four matches (317:40 minutes), while Emmanuel Martin has played 503:04 minutes in six matches. Wolverton has allowed just one goal for a 0.28 GAA with a 1-1-1 record and two shutouts. Martin is 5-1-0 with for goals allowed (0.72 GAA) and two shutouts. Head coach Bob Warming is in his third season at Penn State. He is assisted by Bo Oshoniyi and Chad Duernberger.
SERIES HISTORY Indiana leads the all-time series 28-11-3 since 1978. The Hoosiers have won two of the last three meetings, including a 3-2 win in State College during the 2010 regular season. IU won the last meeting by a 1-0 score in Bloomington. Since the Big Ten started sponsoring men's soccer in 1991, the series record is 24-9-3 in favor of Indiana. The Hoosiers won 10-straight games in the series from 1997-2002.
PENN STATE (28-11-3) 9/16/78 W 2-0 H 11/25/79 L 0-2 A* 9/14/80 W 2-0 H 12/7/80 W 3-1 H* 9/2/83 L 1-2 A 10/27/90 W 2-1 N 9/8/91 W 5-3 H 11/9/91 W 4-2 H! 10/2/92 L 1-3 A! 11/8/92 W 2-1 H! 10/1/93 W 4-1 N 11/6/93 L 0-1 A! 9/30/94 W 2-1 A 11/13/94 W 3-1 N! 9/29/95 L 1-2 H 11/11/95 W 3-1 N! 10/4/96 T 1-1 A 11/16/96 T 2-2 A! 10/3/97 W 2-0 H 11/15/97 W 4-0 H! 10/2/98 W 1-0 A 11/15/98 W 1-0 N! 10/1/99 W 4-2 H 11/14/99 W 2-1 N! 12/5/99 W 3-0 H! 9/30/00 W 3-2 A 9/28/01 W 3-1 H 9/27/02 W 1-0 A 11/15/02 L 1-2 A! 11/08/03 W 3-2 H 11/16/03 T 1-1 H! # # - IU won Big Ten Tournament Title on PKs 10/1/04 W 2-1 A 9/30/05 L 1-2 (OT) H 11/13/05 L 0-1 N! 10/20/06 L 0-1 A 11/3/06 W 1-0 N! 10/28/07 W 1-0 H 11/1/08 L 0-1 A 11/6/09 W 2-1 H 9/24/10 W 3-2 A 11/12/10 L 1-2 A! 9/23/11 W 1-0 H
BIG TEN DOMINATION Since the Big Ten began sponsoring men's soccer in 1991, the Hoosier have dominated the league. The Hoosiers are 91-15-12 in regular season matches, tallying 30+ more victories than second-place team Penn State (58). 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 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.
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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 just one goal in the same time frame. IU is out-shooting its opponents 73-52 in second-half action, while opponents are out-shooting IU 48-45 in the first half. 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 nine 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 30 shot attempts. He is also efficient in his shot selection, with 15 of his 30 attempts on goal (50%). 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).
SOFFNER TAKES A HARD LINE Senior goalkeeper Luis Soffner is off to the best start of his career in 2012. In nine matches Soffner has posted five shutouts and had a streak of 377 scoreless minutes so far this season. Indiana has allowed just five goals this season, tied for the fewest among Big Ten teams, with Soffner playing all 830 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 (0.54), save percentage (.889), saves (40), shutouts (5) 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.
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 9/27) Indiana is tied for the conference lead in wins with a 6-2-1 record. The team currently ranks first in the conference in goals (15), goals per game (1.67), goals allowed (5), and goals-against average (0.54). Sophomore Eriq Zavaleta leads the league in shots per game (3.33), points (14), points per game (1.56), goals (7) and goals per game (0.78). He is second in total shots with 30. Goalkeeper Luis Soffner leads the conference in saves (40), shutouts (5) and shutouts per game (0.56) and is second in goals-against average (0.54) and save percentage (.889).
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