IU Faces Wisconsin Saturday Night
Oct. 5, 2012
SETTING THE SCENE The Hoosiers look to remain undefeated in Big Ten play, bringing a 2-0 conference record into the match with Wisconsin Saturday night. Indiana is coming off its most complete offensive effort of the season, tallying four goals in a 4-1 win at Kentucky. Sophomore Eriq Zavaleta upped his season scoring total to nine with a pair of goals against the Wildcats. The Hoosiers are 1-1-1 in their last three meetings with Wisconsin, including a 2-0 loss last season. The Hoosiers have yet to concede a goal in Big Ten play this season. They are the only B1G to have not given up a goal in league play. Including tonight, Indiana will play five of its last seven regular-season matches at Armstrong Stadium.
NEWS AND NOTES The Hoosiers found the offensive firepower they had been looking for all season in a 4-1 win at Kentucky on Oct. 3. Sophomore Eriq Zavaleta got the scoring started in the fourth minute, taking a low line-drive shot from the top of the box. Freshman Femi Hollinger-Janzen got on the board with his first goal of the season with 37 seconds to play, receiving a pass from Zavaleta before blasting a shot from 18 yards out. It would also turn out to be Hollinger-Janzen's first career game-winning goal. Zavaleta would make the lead insurmountable in the 67th minute with his second score of the night. After a pass from A.J. Corrado, Zavaleta took a right-footed shot through traffic for the score. Freshman Andrew Oliver closed out the Hoosier scoring in the 80th minute with a shot to the far post. Zavaleta also assisted on the goal, giving him six points on the evening. Kentucky got a late goal in the 86th minute to prevent the shutout. Goalkeeper Luis Soffner tallied three saves for his eighth victory of the season. Indiana is 4-0 in true road matches this season with wins over Saint Louis, Ohio State, Penn State and Kentucky. Tonight will be senior center back Caleb Konstanski's 34th-consecutive start for IU. Senior goalkeeper Luis Soffner has allowed just six goals in 1025:02 minutes of play for a 0.53 GAA. He has six shutouts in 11 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 228 career saves (46 in 2012) puts him at fourth on the all-time IU list. The Hoosiers have out-scored opponents 15-2 after halftime. The Hoosiers are 2-for-2 in penalty kicks this season, with both makes coming from Zavaleta. Indiana's 20 goals have come from eight 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 three multiple-goal games already this season (vs. Cincinnati, vs. Clemson, at Kentucky) and is one score away from matching his freshman goal total with nine goals in 11 matches. 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).
BIG TEN DOMINATION Since the Big Ten began sponsoring men's soccer in 1991, the Hoosier have dominated the league. The Hoosiers are 92-15-12 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.
SCOUTING THE BADGERS Wisconsin is 3-4-3 on the season with wins over Memphis, IUPUI and Cleveland State. The Badgers tied No. 3 Georgetown (1-1) and lost to No. 25 Washington (3-2) and No. 10 Marquette (2-1 OT). Wisconsin scored 14 goals, while allowing 15. Chris Prince, Nick Janus and Drew Conner have two goals each to lead the squad. Chase Rau has appeared in all 10 matches, making nine starts. He has allowed 13 goals for a 1.25 GAA with 30 saves. Opponents have out-scored the Badgers 10-7 after the halftime break and are out-shooting the team 150-110. Head coach and former IU player and coach John Trask is in his third season at Wisconsin. He is assisted by Phil Presser (former IU player and coach), Keith Tiemeyer and Ryan Hopkins.
SERIES HISTORY Indiana leads the all-time series, 34-4-5. The Hoosiers have gone just 1-1-1 in the last three meetings, including a 2-0 loss in Madison in 2011. However, in the last 20 meetings the Hoosiers own a record of 17-1-2. Prior to 2011, Indiana's last loss in the series came in 1995, also by a 2-0 score in Madison. The Hoosiers were 2-0 against Wisconsin in 2009 during Todd Yeagley's one season as head coach with the Badgers.
WISCONSIN (34-4-5) 10/18/75 W 5-0 H 10/16/76 W 2-1 H 10/15/77 W 8-1 H 10/15/78 W 6-0 A 11/9/80 W 2-0 A 11/8/81 W 1-0 A 11/22/81 W 5-1 H* 11/7/82 W 2-1 A 11/13/83 W 4-0 A 11/7/84 T 0-0 A 11/8/87 W 2-0 H 10/30/88 W 2-0 H 10/22/89 T 1-1 A 10/21/90 W 1-0 H 10/20/91 L 0-1 A 11/10/91 W 2-0 H! 11/24/91 W 2-0 H* 10/16/92 T 0-0 H 10/15/93 W 5-1 A 11/21/93 L 0-1 H* 10/14/94 W 2-0 H 11/11/94 W 1-0 N! 10/13/95 L 0-2 A 10/18/96 W 1-0 H 10/17/97 W 4-1 A 10/16/98 W 3-0 H 11/14/98 W 4-0 N! 10/15/99 W 2-0 A 10/13/00 W 3-1 H 10/12/01 W 4-0 A 10/11/02 W 5-1 H 10/10/03 W 3-0 A 11/14/03 W 1-0 H! 10/15/04 W 1-0 H 10/14/05 W 5-2 A 11/10/05 W 2-0 N! 10/27/06 W 1-0 H 11/4/07 T 0-0 (2OT) A 9/21/08 W 3-2 (OT) H 9/25/09 W 1-0 A 11/12/09 W 2-0 H! 10/3/10 T 1-1 (2OT) H 10/2/11 L 0-2 A
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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 50 times this season. In comparison, IU opponents have seen the flagged raised just seven 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 50 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 five first-half goals. But when it comes to the second half, watch out. The Hoosiers have scored 15 of their 20 goals after the halftime break, while allowing just two goals in the same time frame. IU is out-shooting its opponents 82-62 in second-half action, and the Hoosiers have a slight 54-53 advantage in first-half shots.
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 nine goals in 11 matches this season, including multiple goal efforts vs. Cincinnati (2), Clemson (2) and Kentucky (2). Last season Zavaleta did not score his sixth goal until the 13th match of the year. Zavaleta is an efficient scorer with his nine goals coming on just 38 shot attempts. He is also efficient in his shot selection, with 18 of his 38 attempts on goal (47%). Zavaleta has two of the team's eight game-winning goals this season. He currently leads the Big Ten in shots per game (3.45), points (20), points per game (1.81), goals (9) and goals per game (0.81). 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 11 matches Soffner has posted six shutouts and had a streak of 377 scoreless minutes this season. Indiana has allowed just six goals this season, fewest among Big Ten teams, with Soffner playing all 1025:02 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 (46), shutouts (6) and shutouts per game (0.54). Among goalkeepers who have played more than 320 minutes, he is tops in GAA (0.53) and save percentage (.885).
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).
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 69 of 70 matches played in goal. Konstanski is a fourth-year senior, having started 56 of 62 matches. He has made 32-consecutive starts for the Hoosiers.
INDIANA ON TV The Indiana University men's soccer team is scheduled to have two of its regular season matches broadcast on the Big Ten Network in 2012. Indiana will have its Sept. 23 Big Ten opener at Ohio State and its Nov. 1 Big Ten finale against Northwestern shown on the Big Ten Network. The Hoosiers vs. Buckeyes telecast will be shown live on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m. ET. IU's matchup vs.. Northwestern in the regular season finale will also be shown live on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. ET. The Big Ten Network will also show the semifinal and final matches of the Big Ten Tournament in Evanston, Ill. In addition, the Hoosiers' preseason game against Chivas de Guadalajara on Aug. 18 was shown live on Fox Soccer Channel. Indiana's matches vs. SIUE (Sept. 14), Notre Dame (Sept. 26), Michigan (Oct. 19) and Evansville (Oct. 24) will be shown live on BigTenNetwork.com All other Hoosier home matches will be streamed live on IUHoosiers.com.
DID YOU KNOW? All 12 points for Indiana in a 4-1 win at Kentucky were scored by players from the Hoosier state. In fact, 44 of Indiana's 52 points this season have come from Hoosier state natives. Seventeen of the 29 players on the roster hail from the state of Indiana. The Hoosiers' starting lineup in the season opener on Aug. 24 against Saint Louis and on Aug. 26 against Cincinnati featured eight of 11 players from the state of Indiana. Sophomore Eriq Zavaleta's uncle, Greg Vanney, is currently an assistant coach with MLS' Chivas USA and was an 11-year member of the U.S. Men's National Team. Both his uncle Greg and father, Carlos, played at UCLA and are in the Bruins' Hall of Fame. Zavaleta and teammate A.J. Corrado spent a month this summer in Los Angeles training with the Chivas first team. Freshman Andrew Oliver was the Golden Boot winner at the 2011 CONCACAF U-17 tournament in Jamaica. Newcomer T.J. Popolizio has his undergraduate degree from Brown University and is an MBA student in the Kelley School of Business this fall. Freshman Femi Hollinger-Janzen was named the Indiana Player of the Year and the Gatorade Indiana Player of the Year for 2011. Head coach Todd Yeagley and assistant coaches Brian Maisonneuve and Ernie Yarborough all played collegiately at Indiana. Yeagley, Maisonneuve and Yarborough were in fact all teammates from 1992-94.
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