IU Travels to No. 2 Notre Dame Wednesday
Oct. 1, 2013
SETTING THE SCENE Indiana got Big Ten play started on the right foot with a 2-0 win over Ohio State on Sunday. It marked the first shutout of the season for IU. With just six Big Ten games, the Hoosiers are back in non-conference play as they travel to No. 2/2 Notre Dame for an annual clash with the in-state foe. Indiana is 2-2-1 in the last five meetings but won perhaps the most important matchup in recent memory, defeating the No. 1 seed Fighting Irish by a 2-1 score in double OT in the round of 16 at the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The Hoosiers would go on to win their eighth national title. The Hoosiers are looking for their first road win of the season. They are 0-2 away from Bloomington. Indiana is also 0-3 vs. ranked opponents. The Hoosiers are 3-1 when scoring two goals this season. With the win over Ohio State, Indiana improved to 16-8-7 all time in games shown on the Big Ten Network.
NEWS AND NOTES Indiana remained undefeated in Big Ten openers, improving to 20-0-3 with a 2-0 win over Ohio State on Sept. 29. The Hoosier attack was on fire in the first half, tallying 25 shots, nine of which were on goal. Indiana put home the game-winning score in the 34th minute when a hard line-drive shot from Harrison Petts deflected off Femi Hollinger-Janzen and into the goal, giving Femi his fourth goal of the season. The Hoosiers added an insurance goal less than four minutes later with a header from Nikita Kotlov after Matt McKain served the ball into the penalty area from the right wing. It marked Kotlov's third goal of the season. Goalkeeper Michael Soderlund finished with five saves and recorded his first career shutout. Hollinger-Janzen, Dylan Mares and Tommy Thompson finished with six shots each, while Kotlov had five coming in off the bench.
SCOUTING THE FIGHTING IRISH Notre Dame enters the month of October undefeated with a record of 4-0-3. The Fighting Irish have wins over SMU, Syracuse, Michigan and Duke, with ties vs. UCLA, North Carolina and Boston College. They are 2-0-1 at home. Leon Brown is the top goal scorer with four this season, while Harrison Shipp leads the way in points with nine (three goals, three assists). Notre Dame is out-scoring opponents 13-4, allowing just 58 shots while taking 129. Patrick Wall has played every minute in goal, allowing four scores in 690 minutes for a 0.52 GAA with 24 saves and three shutouts. Head coach Bobby Clark is assisted by B.J. Craig, Greg Dalby and Vern Gingerich.
SERIES HISTORY Indiana leads the all-time series, 27-7-2. Four of Notre Dame's seven wins have come since the start of the 2005 season, including regular-season wins in 2010 (2-1) and 2012 (1-0), both in Bloomington. The Hoosiers are 4-0-1 in their last five trips to South Bend, including last year's 2-1 2OT win over the No. 1 seed Fighting Irish in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Neither team has won by more than one goal since 2009, a 3-0 win for IU.
BIG TEN DOMINATION Since the Big Ten began sponsoring men's soccer in 1991, the Hoosier have dominated the league. The Hoosiers are 94-17-13 in regular season matches, tallying 30+ more victories than second-place team Penn State (61). Indiana has never lost in its Big Ten opener, going 20-0-3 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 when 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.
JUST CALL HIM FEMI After an impressive rookie season in 2012, including the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Creighton in the College Cup semifinal, Femi Hollinger-Janzen has continued to show improvement on the field in his sophomore campaign. Femi currently leads the team in goals scored with four and is tied for the lead in total points with eight. He has already matched his goal-scoring total of a year ago halfway through the 2013 campaign. 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. 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. Goal No. 4 was a bit more of a lucky bounce as a line-drive shot from Harrison Petts went off Femi as he was positioning himself for a possible rebound, with his backside scoring the goal.
NIFTY FIFTY Sunday's 2-0 win over Ohio State marked head coach Todd Yeagley's 50th win as a head coach. 43 of those victories have come at the helm of the IU program, with seven earned in 2009 while head coach at Wisconsin. Yeagley is 1-2-1 vs. Notre Dame, 3-1 vs. Ohio State, , 2-0-3 vs. Northwestern, 2-2 vs. Michigan, 3-2-1 vs. Michigan State, 1-1-1 vs. Wisconsin, 3-2 vs. Penn State.
IS 2 THE MAGIC NUMBER? The Hoosiers are 4-4-1 on the season, but 3-1 when scoring two goals in a game. Indiana recently picked up a 2-0 win over Ohio State on Sept. 29. They opened the season with a 2-1 win over SMU and defeated Brown by a 2-1 score on Sept. 20. The only loss when scoring two came in a 3-2 2OT loss at Butler, where the Hoosiers were leading 2-0 with less than four minutes left in regulation.
EVERYBODY LOVES KOTLOV Senior Nikita Kotlov has provided a spark for Indiana on offense this season, sitting tied for the team lead in points with eight, and second in goals scored with three. Known more for his late-season scoring prowess, Kotlov has taken a more active role early in 2012. He netted the game winner vs. Brown on Sept. 20, and added to Indiana's lead in a 2-0 victory over Ohio State on Sept. 29. In 2012 Kotlov finished with nine goals, including the game-winning score in the College Cup championship game vs. Georgetown. But six of his nine goals came in the postseason, including a hat trick in a 4-1 win over Xavier in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. He also had the game-tying goal in a 2-1 2OT win at No. 1 seed Notre Dame in the Round of 16. Kotlov has 24 career goals.
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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.
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 18 goals this season. Femi Hollinger-Janzen leads the way with four goals. Right behind are Tommy Thompson and Nikita Kotlov with three scores each. Jacob Bushue and A.J. Corrado are next in line 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.
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 28, but just eight 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 second in goals scored (three) and third in total points (seven). Tanner is tied for sixth in scoring with four points off one goal and two assists. Tommy has scored in three of the last five 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 that 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 nine games this season, while Tanner has come in off the bench for all nine matches.
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.
INDIANA IN THE POLLS Indiana is unranked in all four major college soccer polls (NSCAA, Soccer America, Top Drawer Soccer, College Soccer News). 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.
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