IU at Wisconsin Friday Night
Oct. 9, 2013
SETTING THE SCENE The Hoosiers look to nab their first road win of the season (0-3) and get above .500 in Big Ten play as they travel to Wisconsin for a Friday night match. The Hoosiers are 1-1 in league play, coming off a 2-0 loss to Penn State. Wisconsin is 0-1 with its loss also coming at the hands of the Nittany Lions (3-1). Indiana is in the midst of a 222:57 minute scoreless streak, with its last goal coming at 37:02 in a 2-0 win over Ohio State on Sept. 29. The Hoosiers have been shut out in back-to-back matches for the first time since the start of the 2012 season (Sept. 2 vs. San Diego State and Sept. 7 vs. Akron) and for just the second time in the last four seasons. The Hoosiers are looking for their first win over the Badgers in Madison since 2009, a 1-0 victory. Indiana is 4-1-1 in the last six meetings.
A LOOK BACK Indiana lost its first Big Ten match of the season in a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Penn State Sunday afternoon at Armstrong Stadium. The Nittany Lions scored the game-winning goal in the 15th minute with a score from Tyler Jordan. They added an insurance goal in the 25th minute with Owen Griffith scoring from distance. Indiana out-shot the Nittany Lions 18-7 for the match, including 11-1 in the second half. IU had a chance to cut into the lead in the second half when Tommy Thompson was taken down in the penalty area, resulting in a PK. Thompson took the attempt but PSU goalkeeper Andrew Wolverton blocked the shot. Wolverton finished with five saves in the match, along with one team save for PSU. IU goalkeeper Michael Soderlund tallied three saves in 90 minutes of action.
SCOUTING THE BADGERS Wisconsin is 7-2-1 on the season and 0-1 in Big Ten play with a 3-1 loss at Penn State. They are 4-0 at home this year. The Badgers are coming off a 3-2 win over Drake at home on Oct. 8. Nick Janus tallied his team-leading sixth goal of the season, along with scores from Jacob Brindle (3) and Paul Yonga (2). Casey Beyers played all 90 minutes in goal, improving to 6-2-1 on the season. He has two shutouts to his credit The Badgers are out-scoring opponents 21-14 this season and have out-shot the opposition 129-100. Tomislav Zadro is second on the team in scoring with eight points and leads the squad with four assists. Head coach John Trask is in his fourth season at Wisconsin. He is no stranger to the Hoosiers, having played for Indiana and served as an assistant coach with the program. He is assisted by Keith Tiemeyer, Ian Sarachan and Stan Anderson.
SERIES HISTORY Indiana leads the all-time series, 35-4-5. The Hoosiers won last year's meeting by a 2-0 score in Bloomington. Eriq Zavaleta scored both goals for IU, while A.J. Corrado had a pair of assists to go along with one for Nikita Kotlov. Wisconsin won the last meeting in Madison by a 2-0 score on Oct. 2, 2011. It was Indiana's first loss in the series since 1995, snapping a 19-match unbeaten streak. Three of the last seven meetings have gone to overtime, a 0-0 tie in 2007, a 3-2 IU win in 2008 and a 1-1 tie in 2010.
BIG TEN DOMINATION Since the Big Ten began sponsoring men's soccer in 1991, the Hoosier have dominated the league. The Hoosiers are 94-18-13 in regular season matches, tallying 30+ more victories than second-place team Penn State (62). 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 a little over 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.
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NIFTY FIFTY Indiana's 2-0 win over Ohio State on Sept. 29 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 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, 3-3 vs. Penn State.
IS 2 THE MAGIC NUMBER? The Hoosiers are 4-6-1 on the season, but 3-1 when scoring two goals in a game. Indiana 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.
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.
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 11 games this season, while Tanner has come in off the bench for all 11 matches.
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 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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