No. 10 Hoosiers Face No. 5 Creighton Sunday
Oct. 7, 2011
SETTING THE SCENE
The Hoosiers are looking to snap a two-game skid when they welcome No. 5 Creighton to Bloomington on Sunday.
The Hoosiers are coming off a heartbreaking 3-2 overtime loss to No. 11 Louisville on Wednesday night. Indiana held a 2-0 lead late in the second half before giving up three unanswered scores.
This is Creighton's first ever visit to Bloomington. The first five meetings in the series took place at neutral sites, and the teams met in Omaha last year.
NEWS AND NOTES
The Hoosiers quickly saw a two-goal lead slip away in a 3-2 overtime loss to Louisville on Oct. 5.
Indiana added another goal in the 56th minute, this one coming from Alec Purdie. His team-leading sixth goal of the season started with a corner kick from sophomore Harrison Petts, which was headed down by sophomore Jacob Bushue and on to Purdie.
Purdie had five shots in the match, three of which were on frame. He also sent a shot off the left post in the first half.
Louisville scored two goals within a span of 47 seconds in the 73rd and 74th minutes, and scored the game winner in the 95th minute.
It is the first time Indiana has lost back-to-back games since late 2010 when the Hoosiers ended the regular season with a 1-0 loss at Ohio State, followed by a 2-1 loss at Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament.
SCOUTING THE BLUEJAYS
Creighton improved to 9-1 on the season with a 2-1 overtime victory at Wisconsin on Wednesday night.
Greg Jordan had the game-winning goal in the 94th minute, his third of the season.
The BlueJays won eight straight to open the season and did not allow a goal until a 1-0 loss at Maryland on Sept. 30.
Six of their 10 games have been decided by one goal.
Senior forward Ethan Finlay leads the team in scoring with six goals and five assists (17 points). Bruno Castro has started all nine games and has three goals and four assists.
Senior Brian Holt has started all 10 matches in goal, allowing two goals in 903 minutes for a 0.20 GAA. Freshman Alex Bolowich, the coach's son, has also played 19 minutes between the pipes.
Goalkeeper Taylor Reeves spent the 2010 season at Indiana, where he redshirted.
Head coach Elmar Bolowich is in his first season at Creighton after spending 22 seasons as the head coach at North Carolina. He is assisted by Johnny Torres and Justin Hughes.
This is the seventh meeting between the two schools, with the series tied at 3-3.
Indiana won last year's meeting in Omaha by a 3-2 score. Will Bruin had two goals, while Alec Purdie scored the game winner in the 67th minute.
Forward Jose Gomez received a red card in last year's match in the 36th minute.
Indiana has won two of the last three meetings, taking a 1-0 double overtime victory in 2006. Creighton was a 2-1 winner in 2007.
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Extra minutes have not been kind to the Hoosiers this season as they are 0-1-2 in overtime contests.
Indiana started the season with a 0-0 double overtime tie at No. 12 Notre Dame on Aug. 27. The Hoosiers were also held without a goal in extra time in a 0-0 double overtime tie at No. 16 St. John's on Sept. 16.
Their first loss in overtime came on Oct. 5, a 3-2 defeat at the hands of No. 11 Louisville. Indiana held a 2-0 lead until the 73rd minute, when the Cardinals fired off two quick goals to tie the match, then scored the game-winning goal less than five minutes into overtime.
Indiana is 6-7-15 in overtime matches over the last five seasons.
The Hoosiers are getting key contributions from several players who are donning the cream and crimson for the first time in 2011.
Forward Eriq Zavaleta is making his case for Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors. Zavaleta is currently second on the team and tied for third in the Big Ten in goals scored with four. He is tops in the conference in goals and goals per game (0.40) among freshmen.
His four goals have come on just 18 shots, and he has started all 10 matches.
Freshman midfielder Patrick Doody has appeared in nine games for IU. While he has not yet found the back of the net, Doody has been a key player for Indiana off the bench as they have gone 6-1-2 in his appearances.
Kerel Bradford redshirted in 2010 and is making the most of his first season on the pitch at IU. Bradford has started all 10 matches and has been a key cog for the Hoosiers in the midfield.
NEW TO ME...AND YOU
While they may not be freshmen, these key players are new faces for Hoosier fans in 2011.
Sophomore A.J. Corrado came to Indiana from SMU in the spring of 2010, and the Hoosier native has had an immediate impact.
Corrado's first career goal came in a 2-0 win at Rutgers on Sept. 18. Appearing in all 10 matches, he also has assisted on the game-winning goal vs. No. 16 Penn State, and had a pair of assists in a 6-0 win over Dayton on Sept. 4.
Corrado is from Zionsville, Ind. and played alongside sophomore Harrison Petts at Zionsville Community HS.
Sophomore Jamie Vollmer is in his first year at IU after spending 2010 at Butler. Vollmer has started all 10 matches and has one assist on the season.
The midfielder is best known for his long throw-ins that have incredible accuracy and come in to play in the box each time.
While known as a lights-out defender and a top professional prospect, senior centerback Tommy Meyer has found his offensive side this season.
Meyer has found himself much more involved in the offense this year and leads the team with five assists.
Meyer had a pair of assists in the 6-0 win over Dayton on Sept. 4 and added two more in a 2-0 win at Rutgers on Sept. 18.
His fifth assist of the year came on Eriq Zavaleta's goal vs. No. 11 Louisville.
His five assists rank Meyer second in the Big Ten Conference, as well as his 0.50 assists per game average.
Indiana takes great pride in being a home-grown program and 2011 is no different as 17 of the 28 players on the roster hail from the Hoosier State.
Nate Mitchell (Fort Wayne), Eriq Zavaleta (Westfield), Lance Davis (Washington), Chris Estridge (Indanapolis), Harrison Petts (Zionsville), Nikita Kotlov (Indianapolis), Alec Purdie (Elkhart), A.J. Corrado (Zionsville), Joe Tolen (Evansville), Tim Wylie (Fort Wayne), Jamie Vollmer (Westfield), Tyler McCarroll (Carmel), Kyle Sparks (Avon), Caleb Konstanski (Bloomington), Matt McKain (Columbus), Dylan Lax (Columbus) and Sean Weidman (Indianapolis) all call Indiana home.
And the local boys are major contributors. Fourteen of Indiana's 19 goals this season have been scored by Hoosier natives.
Purdie leads the way with six, followed by four from Zavaleta, two from Estridge and one each from Corrado and Kotlov.
Five of Indiana's six game-winning goals have been put in the back of the net by a Hoosier native (Purdie-3, Zavaleta-1, Estridge-1).
INDIANA IN THE POLLS
Indiana fell four spots to No. 10 in this week's Soccer America poll and NSCAA top 25.
The Hoosiers dropped three spots in the College Soccer News top-30, falling to No. 8. IU moves down three spots to No. 8 in the week 6 Top Drawer Soccer Tournament 48.
HOOSIERS IN THE BIG TEN (as of 10/5)
The Hoosiers are at or near the top of the standings in several Big Ten statistical categories.
Purdie also leads the league in points per game (1.40), game-winning goals (3) and goals per game (0.60). He is tied for first in goals scored with six.
Goalkeeper Luis Soffner is second in the Big Ten in save percentage (.809) and is third in goals against average (0.87). He ranks fourth in saves (38) and saves per game (3.80) and is third in shutouts (4) and shutouts per game (0.44).
BRING ON THE TOP 25
Indiana is 0-1-2 this season against top-25 teams after a 0-0 double overtime tie at No. 12 Notre Dame on Aug. 27 and a scoreless tie at No. 14 St. John's on Sept. 16. Indiana's first top-25 loss of the season came on Oct. 5 with a 3-2 overtime defeat at the hands of No. 11 Louisville.
In 2010 the Hoosiers were 7-3 against top-25 teams.
THE HOOSIER ARMY IS HERE
In 2011 the Hoosiers will welcome a new supporters group to Jerry Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium -- The Hoosier Army.
This new supporters group is open to any and all fans...students, youths, alumni, community members..whomever wants to come out, have fun and cheer on the Hoosiers.
Members will receive special prizes, including gear and meet-and-greets with the team and coaching staff.
For more information, visit the Hoosier Army Facebook Fan Page.
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