No. 18 Indiana Travels to Butler Wednesday
Oct. 11, 2011
SETTING THE SCENE
The Hoosiers are looking to snap a three-game losing streak as they travel to in-state foe Butler Wednesday night.
Indiana has been out-scored 6-2 in its last three matches and have lost three straight for the first time since the 2009 season (Michigan State, Louisville, Northwestern).
The Hoosiers lead the series with Butler, 19-3-1, but have lost two of the last three meetings. Butler was a 4-1 winner in 2010.
This is Indiana's first trip to Indianapolis since 2008, a 2-0 victory for the Hoosiers. In that game Daniel Kelly scored 11 seconds into the match, the second-fastest goal from the start of play in school history.
NEWS AND NOTES
The Hoosiers dropped their third straight with a 1-0 loss to No. 5 Creighton on Oct. 9.
Creighton scored in the 42nd minute and the Hoosiers were unable to capitalize on several scoring opportunities.
Senior midfielder Alec Purdie had two shots, both of which were on frame.
As a team Indiana took nine shots, five of which were on frame.
Goalkeeper Luis Soffner had five saves, while two teams saves were also credited.
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 BULLDOGS
Butler is 5-4-2 on the season and is coming off a 0-0 tie against UIC on Oct. 8. The Bulldogs are 2-2-1 in their last five games with wins over IPFW (3-1) and Loyola (3-1). The losses came to UWM (3-1) and IUPUI (3-0).
Austin Oldham is the team's leading scorer with five goals and three assists (13 points). Adekunle Oluyedun and Adam Glanzer have three goals each.
Jon Dawson and Andy Holte have split time in goal, with Dawson tallying a 2.08 GAA in 605 minutes, allowing 14 goals. Holte has a 1.48 GAA, allowing seven goals in 425 minutes of action.
Butler's opponents hold a 21-16 scoring advantage but the Bulldogs have 61 shots on frame compared to 57 for opponents.
Opponents are out-scoring Butler 13-4 in the first half.
Head coach Paul Snape is in his first season at Butler. He is no strangers to the Hoosiers as he spent eight seasons as an assistant coach at Michigan. He is assisted by Adam Bruh, Bryce Cooper and Mike Sanich.
Indiana leads the all-time series with Butler, 19-3-1.
The Bulldogs have won two of the last three meetings, including a 4-1 victory in 2010 in Bloomington. They were also 2-1 overtime winners at Armstrong Stadium in 2009.
Indiana's last win in the series was a 1-0 victory in the second round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament. That match was also played in Bloomington.
Indiana took a 2-0 win in its last trip up to Indianapolis in 2008.
The Hoosiers' only other loss in the series came in 1995 by a 1-0 score.
Indiana has out-scored the Bulldogs 61-15 in the series but has been out-scored 6-3 in the last three meetings.
This is sophomore Jamie Vollmer's second match in the local derby and will now have played on both sides of the ball. Last season Vollmer was a Bulldog and played 47 minutes off the bench for Butler. In 2011 he has started all 11 matches for the Hoosiers.
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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 fourth in the Big Ten in goals scored with four. He is tops in the conference in goals and goals per game (0.36) among freshmen.
His four goals have come on just 20 shots, and he has started all 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 0.45 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 (Indianapolis), 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 five spots to No. 15 in this week's Soccer America poll and drop to No. 18 in the NSCAA top 25.
The Hoosiers dropped 10 spots in the College Soccer News top-30, falling to No. 18. IU moves down nine spots to No. 17 in the week 7 Top Drawer Soccer Tournament 48.
HOOSIERS IN THE BIG TEN (as of 10/9)
The Hoosiers are at or near the top of the standings in several Big Ten statistical categories.
Purdie leads the league in points per game (1.27), game-winning goals (3) and is second in goals per game (0.55). He is second in goals scored with six.
Goalkeeper Luis Soffner is second in the Big Ten in save percentage (.811) and is third in goals against average (0.89). He ranks tied for third in saves (43) and saves per game (3.91) and is third in shutouts (4) and fourth in shutouts per game (0.36).
BRING ON THE TOP 25
Indiana is 1-2-2 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. The Hoosiers met No. 5 Creighton on Oct. 9, a 1-0 loss.
Its win came on Sept. 23 against No. 16 Penn State.
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.
BIG TEN DOMINATION
Since the Big Ten began sponsoring men's soccer in 1991, the Hoosier have dominated the league.
The Hoosiers are 88-15-10 in regular season matches, tallying 30+ more victories than second-place team Penn State (57).
Indiana has never lost in its Big Ten opener, going 18-0-3 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.
THE HOOSIERS 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 2011.
Indiana will have its Oct. 15 match at Michigan and Nov. 5 match vs. Ohio State shown on the Big Ten Network.
The Hoosiers vs. Wolverines telecast will be shown tape-delay on Sunday, Oct. 16 at noon.
IU's matchup vs. Ohio State in the regular season finale will also be a tape-delay broadcast, airing Sunday, Nov. 6 at noon.
In addition, the Network will pick up a wildcard telecast.
The Big Ten Network will also show the semifinal and final matches of the Big Ten Tournament in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Indiana's matches vs. Louisville (Oct. 5) and Michigan State (Oct. 23) will be shown live on BigTenNetwork.com.
All other Hoosier home matches will be streamed live on IUHoosiers.com.
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