Hoosiers Travel to Kentucky Wednesday
Oct. 2, 2012
SETTING THE SCENE Indiana breaks from Big Ten action with a mid-week match at regional foe Kentucky. This is the seventh-straight seasons the teams have met up and the 27th meeting overall. The Hoosiers are 9-0-2 in matches played in Lexington. Indiana will be without the services of center back Kerel Bradford who was shown a red card in Saturday's win at Penn State. The Hoosiers have lost just once to the Wildcats, a 1-0 defeat in 1995.
NEWS AND NOTES Harrison Petts' first goal of the season gave Indiana a 1-0 double overtime victory at Penn State on Sept. 29. It was Indiana's first overtime win since Sept. 20, 2009 (2-1, 2OT vs. FIU). Petts' first goal since the 2010 season came in the 106th minute on a left-footed shot from 18 yards out. A.J. Corrado assisted on the play. Indiana was playing a man down when the goal was scored after centerback Kerel Bradford earned his second card of the night. The Hoosiers were out-shot 12-7 in the match, including 5-1 in the two overtime periods. Eriq Zavaleta led the Hoosiers with four shot attempts. The Hoosiers were called offside 10 times in the match. Goalkeeper Luis Soffner notched his sixth shutout of the year, tallying three saves in the process. Indiana is 4-1 in its last five meetings with Penn State, with two of the four wins coming in State College. Midfielder Kyle Sparks earned the starting nod against the Nittany Lions, his second of the year. Indiana is 3-0 in true road matches this season with wins over Saint Louis, Ohio State and Penn State. Tonight will be senior center back Caleb Konstanski's 33rd-consecutive start for IU. Senior goalkeeper Luis Soffner has allowed just five goals in 935:02 minutes of play for a 0.48 GAA. He has six shutouts in 10 matches. His single-season best is nine shutouts, coming in 2009. In the most recent set of NCAA rankings on Oct. 1, Soffner ranked fifth in GAA (.48) and third in save percentage (.896). His 26 career shutouts ranks eighth on the IU career list. His 225 career saves (43 in 2012) puts him at fourth on the all-time IU list. The Hoosiers have out-scored opponents 13-1 after halftime.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS Kentucky is 5-4-1 on the season and is coming off a 2-2 tie in its Conference USA opener against Memphis. The squad is 4-0-1 in its last five matches after losing four of its first five. The Wildcats are out-scoring opponents 20-13 this season, including a 13-8 margin in the second half. Tyler Riggs has started all 10 matches and leads the team with six goals and four assists (16 points). Matt Lodge has five goals, along with four from Charles Pettys. Goalkeeper Jack Van Arsdale has started seven of eight matches played, allowing eight goals in 700 minutes for a 1.03 GAA. He has 24 saves on the year with two shutouts and a 4-2-1 record. Kentucky has played Northwestern, falling 2-1 in overtime. It was a 1-0 winner at Louisville on Sept. 14. Head coach Johan Cedergren is in his first season at Kentucky. He is assisted by David Casper and Erik Imler.
SERIES HISTORY Indiana leads the all-time series with the Wildcats, 22-1-3. This is the seventh-straight meeting between the programs, with the Hoosiers taking a 2-0 victory in Bloomington in 2011. Indiana is 1-0-1 in its last two trips to Lexington, a 4-0 win in 2007 and a 1-1 tie in 2010. The Hoosiers have out-scored Kentucky 93-13 in 26 meetings with 16 shutouts. IU's only loss in the series came in 1995, a 1-0 defeat in Bloomington. The teams did not play from 1977-81 and 1984-91 before resuming the series on a somewhat annual basis in 1992. KENTUCKY (22-1-3) 9/28/73 W 5-0 H 10/18/74 W 2-1 A 11/7/75 W 11-0 H 11/5/76 W 7-0 A 9/29/82 W 8-0 H 9/11/83 W 4-1 A 9/13/92 W 6-0 H 9/11/94 W 6-1 A 9/10/95 L 0-1 H 10/24/96 W 5-3 A 9/25/97 W 9-0 H 10/21/98 W 5-0 A 10/20/99 W 4-2 H 11/21/99 W 1-0 H* 10/18/00 W 2-0 A 9/1/01 W 1-0 H 10/16/02 W 2-1 A 11/02/03 W 1-0 H 11/26/03 W 2-1 (OT) H* 10/6/04 T 0-0 (2OT) A 9/27/06 W 1-0 H 10/31/07 W 4-0 A 10/29/08 T 1-1 (2OT) H 9/29/09 W 3-0 H 10/20/10 T 1-1 (2OT) A 10/19/11 W 2-0 H
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TIMING IS EVERYTHING For the Hoosiers this season, a struggle with timing is showing up in the stat sheet as the squad has been called offside 46 times this season. In comparison, IU opponents have seen the flagged raised just six times in matches with the Hoosiers. In looking at the Big Ten standings, the Hoosiers far and away lead the league in the stat with the next team on the list Wisconsin at 25 offside calls. Ten of those 46 flags came in Indiana's 1-0 double overtime win at Penn State on Sept. 29. The Hoosiers were also flagged eight times in a 0-0 double overtime tie against San Diego State.
EXTRA! EXTRA! Indiana's 1-0 win in double overtime at Penn State on Sept. 29 broke a dubious streak for the Hoosiers. It was Indiana's first overtime win since Sept. 20, 2009 when they posted a 2-1 double OT win over Florida International. Since that game in 2009, the Hoosiers had gone 0-6-7 in overtime matches, including an 0-2-5 record in 2011. Only five current Hoosiers (Caleb Konstanski, Nate Mitchell, Luis Soffner, Joe Tolen, Tim Wylie) were on the roster the last time Indiana won an OT game prior to the Penn State victory.
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 13 of their 16 goals after the halftime break, while allowing just one goal in the same time frame. IU is out-shooting its opponents 80-63 in second-half action, while opponents are out-shooting IU 50-49 in the first half.
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 10 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. Zavaleta is an efficient scorer with his seven goals coming on just 34 shot attempts. He is also efficient in his shot selection, with 16 of his 34 attempts on goal (47%). Zavaleta has two of the team's seven game-winning goals this season. He currently leads the Big Ten in shots per game (3.40), points (14), points per game (1.40), goals (7) and goals per game (0.70). He is also tied for the conference lead in game-winning goals (2).
THE SOFFNER WALL Senior goalkeeper Luis Soffner is off to the best start of his career in 2012. In 10 matches Soffner has posted six shutouts and had a streak of 377 scoreless minutes this season. Indiana has allowed just five goals this season, fewest among Big Ten teams, with Soffner playing all 935:02 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 saves (43), shutouts (6) and shutouts per game (0.60). Among goalkeepers who have played more than 320 minutes, he is tops in GAA (0.48) and save percentage (.896).
STOP ME IF YOU'VE HEARD THIS...SOFFNER B1G PLAYER OF THE WEEK For the second-straight week and the third time this season, Indiana senior goalkeeper Luis Soffner is the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced on Oct. 1. Soffner posted his Big Ten-best sixth shutout of the year on Saturday as the Hoosiers posted a 1-0 double overtime victory at Penn State to remain perfect in conference play at 2-0. Soffner had three saves in the match for his seventh victory of the season. The senior from St. Louis has played all 935:02 minutes in goal for IU this season, allowing just five scores for a 0.48 goals-against average and owns a save percentage of 89.6. Soffner also earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors on Sept. 24 and Sept. 3.
INDIANA IN THE POLLS Indiana dropped three spots to No. 14 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) rankings. The Hoosiers fell one spot to No. 11 in the Soccer America poll. Indiana fell five spots to No. 12 in the Top Drawer Soccer Tournament 48 and remained at No. 13 in the College Soccer News Top 25 for the fourth week. The Hoosiers dropped four spots to No. 12 in the Soccer Times poll.
HOOSIERS IN THE BIG TEN (as of 10/1) Indiana is tied for the conference lead in wins with a 7-2-1 record and is tied for the lead in Big Ten matches at 2-0. The team currently ranks tied for first in the conference in goals (16), goals per game (1.60), and is alone in first in goals allowed (5), and goals-against average (0.48). Sophomore Eriq Zavaleta leads the league in shots per game (3.40), points (14), points per game (1.40), goals (7) and goals per game (0.70). He is second in total shots with 34. Goalkeeper Luis Soffner leads the conference in saves (43), shutouts (6) and shutouts per game (0.60) and is second in goals-against average (0.48) and save percentage (.896).
NCAA RANKINGS (as of 10/1) In the latest NCAA rankings, Indiana is tied for eighth in shutout percentage (.60), second in save percentage (.898) and fifth in team goals-against average (0.48). Individually, Luis Soffner is fifth in GAA (.48) and third in save percentage (.896); Eriq Zavaleta is tied for 14th in goals (7).
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