No. 12 IU Heads To Louisville Wednesday Night
Oct. 9, 2012
SETTING THE SCENE Indiana brings a three-match win streak into Louisville as it faces the Cardinals Wednesday night. The Hoosiers have allowed just one goal over the last 285:02 minutes of play and just two goals over the last 555:02. Tonight will be the Hoosiers' eighth match away from home this season. After tonight Indiana has just one regular-season road match remaining (Oct. 28 at Michigan State). The Hoosiers lead the series with Louisville, 16-3-0, but all three loses have come in the last five seasons. Indiana is 2-3 in the last five meetings with the Cardinals. It will be a homecoming match for IU freshman and Louisville native Richard Ballard (duPont Manual).
NEWS AND NOTES The Hoosiers improved to 3-0 in Big Ten play with a 2-0 win over Wisconsin on Oct. 6 in Bloomington. Eriq Zavaleta did all the scoring for the Hoosiers, netting goals in the 11th minute and 49th minute. The first goal came off an A.J. Corrado corner kick that was flicked on to Zavaleta by Nikita Kotlov. Zavaleta's shot came from three yards out. The second goal also came off service from Corrado, with Zavaleta chipping the goalkeeper. Zavaleta now has a Big Ten-best 11 goals on the season, while Corrado is tied for the Big Ten lead in assists with six. Goalkeeper Luis Soffner recorded his seventh shutout of the season, tallying three saves in the match. It was the second match in a row the Hoosiers have scored in the first 10 minutes, after scoring just three first-half goals in the first 10 games of the season. Indiana has not allowed a goal in Big Ten play this season, out-scoring opponents 5-0. 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 35th-consecutive start for IU. Senior goalkeeper Luis Soffner has allowed just six goals in 1115:02 minutes of play for a 0.48 GAA. He has seven shutouts in 12 matches. His single-season best is nine shutouts, coming in 2009. In the most recent NCAA rankings, Soffner is tied for second in save percentage (.889) and fifth in goals-against average (0.48). His 27 career shutouts ranks eighth on the IU career list. His 230 career saves (48 in 2012) puts him at fourth on the all-time IU list. The Hoosiers have out-scored opponents 16-2 after halftime.
BIG TEN DOMINATION Since the Big Ten began sponsoring men's soccer in 1991, the Hoosier have dominated the league. The Hoosiers are 93-15-12 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 CARDINALS Louisville is 7-4 on the season and coming off a 2-1 come-from-behind win at Syracuse. Greg Cochrane scored his team-leading fifth goal of the year to tie the match at 1-all, and Zach Foxhaven's second goal of the year was the game winner. Dylan Mares has three goals this season, along with three assists. Will Vitalis leads the team with four assists, to go along with two goals. The Cardinals are out-scoring opponents 21-12, including 9-5 in the first half. Louisville is 6-1 at home this season, with its only loss a 1-0 defeat at the hands of rival Kentucky. In other common opponents with the Hoosiers, Louisville lost 1-0 to Saint Louis and posted a 4-0 win over Ohio State and a 2-1 win over Notre Dame. The Cardinals are using a platoon system in goal, with Joachim Ball starting six matches, allowing eight goals in 554:39 minutes for a 1.30 GAA. Mike Mauro has appeared in five matches, with two starts, allowing three goals in 450 minutes for a 0.80 GAA. Mauro played all 90 minutes Saturday against Syracuse. Head coach Ken Lolla is in his seventh season at Louisville. He is assisted by Mario Sanchez and Jeremy Proud. Former Hoosier John Michael Hayden is a volunteer coach with the Cardinals.
SERIES HISTORY Indiana leads the all-time series, 16-3-0 All three Louisville wins have come in the last five seasons with victories in 2007 (2-1 OT), 2009 (4-0) and 2011 (3-2 OT). The teams are 2-2 in the last four meetings, with the last IU win a 1-0 victory in the 2009 NCAA Tournament. The series began in 1981 and Indiana has out-scored the Cardinals by a 56-12 margin. Indiana had nine-straight shutouts in the series from 1998-2006. Nine of Louisville's 12 goals have come in the last five meetings.
LOUISVILLE (16-3-0) 10/4/81 W 6-1 H 10/27/82 W 3-1 A 10/26/83 W 14-0 H 9/1/91 W 3-0 A 9/30/92 W 4-1 H 9/25/98 W 3-0 H 9/23/99 W 2-0 A 9/21/00 W 2-0 H 9/20/01 W 4-0 A 9/10/02 W 2-0 H 10/29/03 W 2-0 A 10/27/04 W 2-0 H 10/5/05 W 2-0 A 10/4/06 W 2-0 H 10/10/07 L 1-2 (OT) A 10/22/08 W 1-0 H 10/21/09 L 0-4 A 11/19/09 W 1-0 H* 10/5/11 L 2-3 (OT) H
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ZAVALETA EARNS B1G,NATIONAL HONORS For the third time this season, Indiana University sophomore striker Eriq Zavaleta is the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced Oct. 8. Zavaleta is coming off a four-goal, two-assist performance last week as the Hoosiers picked up wins at Kentucky (4-1) and vs. Wisconsin (2-0) to improve to 9-2-1 on the season. Against the Wildcats Zavaleta scored a pair of goals in the fourth and 67th minutes, and assisted on the two other scores in the win in Lexington. Zavaleta's fourth multiple-goal game of the season came three days later as he tallied both scores in a 2-0 win over Wisconsin to keep the Hoosiers undefeated in Big Ten play at 3-0. In addition to his Big Ten honor, Zavaleta was also named the College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer National Player of the Week.
MAY I HELP YOU? If Hoosiers are scoring goals, odds are the ball was played to them by junior midfielder A.J. Corrado. Corrado leads the Hoosiers and is tied for the Big Ten lead in assists with six this season. Three of those assists came in one week with victories over Kentucky (4-1) and Wisconsin (2-0). Corrado assisted on Eriq Zavaleta's second goal of the night at Kentucky. He then assisted on Zavaleta's game-winning goal in the 11th minute vs. Wisconsin and his score in the 49th minute. In fact, four of his six assists have come on goals by Zavaleta.
SECOND-HALF STANDOUTS Indiana has been a slow starter this season with just five six-half goals. But when it comes to the second half, watch out. The Hoosiers have scored 16 of their 22 goals after the halftime break, while allowing just two goals in the same time frame. IU is out-shooting its opponents 94-72 after the half, and the Hoosiers have a slight 59-57 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 11 goals in 12 matches this season, including multiple goal efforts vs. Cincinnati (2), Clemson (2), Kentucky (2) and Wisconsin (2). Last season Zavaleta did not score his sixth goal until the 13th match of the year. Zavaleta is an efficient scorer with his 11 goals coming on just 44 shot attempts. He is also efficient in his shot selection, with 20 of his 44 attempts on goal (45%). Zavaleta has three of the team's nine game-winning goals this season. He currently leads the Big Ten in shots (44), shots per game (3.67), points (24), points per game (2.00), goals (11), goals per game (0.92) and game-winning goals (3).
THE SOFFNER WALL Senior goalkeeper Luis Soffner is off to the best start of his career in 2012. In 12 matches Soffner has posted seven 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 1115:02 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, on Sept. 24 after a 2-0 shutout of Ohio State, and on Oct. 2 after a 1-0 shutout of Penn State, Soffner leads the conference in saves (48), shutouts (7), save percentage (.889) and shutouts per game (0.58). Among goalkeepers who have played more than 430 minutes, he is tops in GAA (0.48).
INDIANA IN THE POLLS Indiana climbed two spots to No. 12 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) rankings. The Hoosiers moved up three spots to No. 8 in the Soccer America poll. Indiana climbed one spot to No. 11 in the Top Drawer Soccer Tournament 48 and up three spots to No. 10 in the College Soccer News Top 30. The Hoosiers went up three spots to No. 9 in the Soccer Times poll.
HOOSIERS IN THE BIG TEN (as of 10/8) Indiana leads the conference in overall (9) and Big Ten (3) victories. The team currently ranks first in points (59), goals (22), goals per game (1.83), goals allowed (6), goals against average (0.48), shutouts (7) and corner kicks (82). Sophomore Eriq Zavaleta leads the league in shots (44), shots per game (3.67), points (24), points per game (2.00), goals (11), goals per game (0.92) and game-winning goals (3). A.J. Corrado is tied for the conference lead in assists (6) and is second in assists per game (0.50). Goalkeeper Luis Soffner leads the conference in saves (48), shutouts (7) and shutouts per game (0.58), and save percentage (.889). He is second in goals-against average (0.48).
NCAA RANKINGS (as of 10/8) In the latest NCAA rankings, Indiana is tied for second in save percentage (.893), tied for eighth in shutout percentage (0.58), and fifth in team goals-against average (0.48) Individually, Luis Soffner is tied for second in save percentage (.889) and fifth in goals-against average (0.48). Eriq Zavaleta is third in goals per game (0.92), t-4th in points per game (2.00), third in total goals (11) and third in total points (24).
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 eight 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 26 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.
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 71 of 72 matches played in goal. Konstanski is a fourth-year senior, having started 58 of 64 matches. He has made 34 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. Indiana defeated Ohio State, 2-0, on Sept. 23 in the live broadcast on the Big Ten Network. 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 19 points for Indiana in wins over Kentucky (4-1) and Wisconsin (2-0) came from a player from the Hoosier state. In fact, 51 of Indiana's 59 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.
THE HOOSIER ARMY IS HERE The Hoosier Army returns strong in numbers in 2012. This 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: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hoosier-Army-IU-Soccer-Supporters-Club/196449667074285.
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