No. 18 Indiana Visits Michigan Saturday
Oct. 14, 2011
SETTING THE SCENE
Indiana is back on the winning track after a 1-0 victory at Butler Wednesday and looks to carry that momentum back into Big Ten play as it travels to Ann Arbor to meet Michigan.
The Hoosiers have just six regular-season games left, four of which are Big Ten matchups.
Indiana has won four in a row over Michigan and have never lost to the Wolverines in Ann Arbor.
In fact, Indiana has lost just once in 15 meetings with Michigan since the program was revivied in 2000.
NEWS AND NOTES
Indiana snapped a three-match losing streak with a 1-0 victory at Butler on Oct. 12.
The Hoosiers dominated on the offensive side of the ball, taking 18 shots to the Bulldogs' eight, but the game was not decided until a goal in the 85th minute.
Freshman Eriq Zavaleta recorded his fifth goal of the year and second game-winning score with a blast into the lower left from eight yards out on the left side.
The play was set up by a fantastic run by left back Chris Estridge, who came screaming up the left side before finding Zavaleta in the box.
The Hoosiers held an 11-3 advantage in the shot tally in the second half. The Hoosiers picked up their sixth shutout of the season.
Goalkeeper Luis Soffner was credited with his fifth solo shutout, making three saves in the process.
Indiana has already topped its shutout total from 2010, when it had just three clean sheets.
SCOUTING THE WOLVERINES
Michigan is 4-9-1 on the season, coming off a 2-1 overtime win at Oakland on Wednesday. They are 1-2 in Big Ten play with a 2-1 win over Penn State and a 3-2 loss at Ohio State and 2-1 loss to Wisconsin.
Michigan is the reigning Big Ten Tournament champion and advanced to the NCAA College Cup last season, falling to Akron in the semifinal.
Fabio Pereira and Etienne Lussiez lead the team with four goals each. Pereira is the top assist maker with three.
The Wolverines are getting outscored by opponents, 23-19, but have 234 shots compared to 175 for opponents.
Just 91 of the 234 shots have been on frame.
Adam Grinwis has appeared in 13 matches in goal, allowing 21 scores in 1113 minutes for a 1.55 GAA.
12 of Michigan's 19 goals have come in the second half, while opponents have scored 14 of their 23 goals in the second half.
Steve Burns is in his 12th season at Michigan. He is assisted by Andrew Wagstaff and Craig Waibel.
Indiana leads the all-time series 13-1-1 since the Wolverines revived their program in 2000.
The Hoosiers have won four straight in the series, including a 2-1 victory in 2010. Michigan's only win came in 2008 in Bloomington, a 1-0 victory. Indiana played Michigan three times that season, posting a 1-0 win in the Big Ten Tournament and a 3-0 win in the NCAA Tournament.
Alec Purdue and Caleb Konstanski had the goals for Indiana in last year's win, with both coming in the first half and within three minutes of each other.
Indiana holds a 30-9 scoring advantage in the series, not counting a 10-1 victory in 1974.
FOLLOW THE HOOSIERS ON TWITTER
For all the latest IU men's soccer news, follow the Hoosiers on Twitter at @IUMensSoccer.
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 five. He is tops in the conference in goals and goals per game (0.42) among freshmen.
His five goals have come on just 23 shots, and he has started all 12 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 12 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 12 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 0.42 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. Fifteen of Indiana's 20 goals this season have been scored by Hoosier natives.
Purdie leads the way with six, followed by five from Zavaleta, two from Estridge and one each from Corrado and Kotlov.
Six of Indiana's seven game-winning goals have been put in the back of the net by a Hoosier native (Purdie-3, Zavaleta-2, 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.
DID YOU KNOW?
Indiana has never lost to the Wolverines in Ann Arbor, going 5-0.
The Hoosiers have given up just three goals in five meetings in Ann Arbor.
Eriq Zavaleta's five goals is the most by a freshman since Will Bruin recorded six in 2008.
The Hoosiers' 18 shots against Butler was just one off its season high (19-Dayton).
54 percent (6/11) of Indiana's starting lineup is either a freshman or sophomore. In addition, the first two players off the bench are also sophomores.
Indiana has 22 assists on 20 goals this season.
Indiana is out-scoring its opponents 12-3 in the first half.
Eleven different players have scored points for IU this year.
Purdie has topped his previous career best for goals in a season with six so far this year. He had three in 2010, and five total for his career entering the 2011 season.
The Hoosiers have scored nine of their 20 goals within the first 30 minutes of the match this season. Five of those have come within the first 20 minutes of play.
Indiana has earned six Big Ten Player of the Week awards so far this season. That is more than the 2009 (1) and 2010 (4) seasons combined.
Indiana is averaging 2,841 fans per home match this season.
HOOSIERS IN THE BIG TEN (as of 10/13)
The Hoosiers are at or near the top of the standings in several Big Ten statistical categories.
Purdie is third in the league in points per game (1.17), tops in game-winning goals (3) and is second in goals per game (0.50). He is second in goals scored with six.
Goalkeeper Luis Soffner is second in the Big Ten in save percentage (.821) and is third in goals against average (0.81). He ranks third in saves (46) and saves per game (3.83) and is third in shutouts (5) and shutouts per game (0.42).
Check back soon