IU Welcomes No. 11/19 Louisville Tuesday
Oct. 14, 2013
SETTING THE SCENE Indiana looks to snap a three-game skid as it welcomes No. 11/19 Louisville to Armstrong Stadium. Indiana is winless so far in the month of October, its last victory coming on Sept. 29 vs. Ohio State. The Hoosiers broke out of a two-game scoring slump in their match at Wisconsin on Oct. 11, tallying three second-half goals. IU leads the series with Louisville 16-3-1 but is 1-1-1 in the last three meetings, its last win coming on Nov. 19, 2009 in the NCAA Tournament, a 2-0 victory. All three Louisville wins have come since 2007.
A LOOK BACK It was heartbreak for the Hoosiers yet again as leads of 2-0 and 3-1 turned into a 4-3 loss at Wisconsin on Oct. 11. The dynamic duo of Tanner and Tommy Thompson staked the Hoosiers to a 2-0 lead early in the second half. Tommy knocked in a Tanner corner kick at 52:55 to give IU a 1-0 lead. It was 2-0 Hoosiers less than two minutes later as Tommy beat UW goalkeeper Casey Beyers on a thru ball from Tanner. The Badgers got one back in the 66th minute from Toni Ramadani, but Indiana answered at 67:01 when Femi Hollinger-Janzen headed home a free kick from A.J. Corrado. With 18 minutes left Wisconsin made it a 3-2 game thanks to A.J. Cochran's shot off a corner kick. With 8:09 left the scored was tied a 3-3 at Jacbob Brindle beat Michael Soderlund. The Badgers tallied the game-winning goal at 84:54 as Cochran picked up his second goal of the night, heading in a corner kick at the back post.
SCOUTING THE CARDINALS
Louisville enters the game with an 8-2-1 overall record and a mark of 3-0-1 in road games this season. The Cardinals are 6-0-1 in their last seven, with the last loss coming on Sept. 13 by a 1-0 score to UC Irvine. They have posted five shutouts during their seven-match unbeaten streak, outscoring opponents 16-3 during that run. Ricardo Velazco leads the way with five goals and five assists this season (15 points). Andrew Brody has six assists to go along with two goals (10 points). Eleven different players have accounted for Louisville's 20 goals this season. Joachim Ball has played all 1010 minutes in goal this season, allowing six scores for a 0.53 GAA. He has 20 saves and six shutouts on the season. Head Coach Ken Lolla is in his eighth year at Louisville. He is assisted by Mario Sanchez and Danny Cepero.
SERIES HISTORY Indiana leads the all-times series 16-3-1. The teams are 1-1-1 in their last three meetings, including a 2-2 tie in 2012. Nikita Kotlov and Eriq Zavaleta scored the goals for the Hoosiers last year as IU came back from a 2-1 deficit to tie the match. Current Hoosier Dylan Mares assisted on Louisville's first goal last season. Mares spent 3 years at Louisville before joining the Hoosiers in January 2013. Indiana's last win in the series came in 2009, a 2-0 victory in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Louisville took the 2011 meeting by a 3-2 score in overtime. The Hoosiers held a 2-0 lead in that game until the Cardinals came back with three unanswered goals. Indiana won the first 14 meetings between the two schools. The Cardinals first win in the series came in 2007 by a 2-1 OT score in Louisville.
HEARTBREAK HOOSIERS Indiana has struggled to hang on to leads late in matches this season, as evidenced by a 4-7-1 overall record and 0-4-1 overtime record. Three times this season the Hoosiers have held a lead with less than 10 minutes left, only to see the game slip through their hands. At Wisconsin on Oct. 11, Indiana held a 3-2 lead with 8:10 to play before the Badgers tied things up and eventually scored the game-winning goal in regulation. At No. 23 Butler on Sept. 26, the Hoosiers were cruising with a 2-0 lead and just 3:06 to play before Butler tallied two goals in the final 3:05 to send the game to overtime, where they would knock in the game winner in the 104th minute. Perhaps the most heartbreaking of all, Indiana had a 1-0 lead and just :47 seconds to play at UAB when the Blazers were awarded a penalty kick, sending the game to OT. The, with just :17 seconds left in the first OT they scored the game winner.
NEED HELP? CALL THOMPSON AND THOMPSON The freshman duo of Tanner and Tommy Thompson has provided a spark for the Indiana offense this season. The brothers hooked up for a pair of scores in Indiana's 4-3 loss at Wisconsin on Oct. 11. The first game when Tanner sent in a corner kick that Tommy knocked home for a 1-0 lead. Less than two minutes later the two put another goal on the board for IU as Tanner played a thru ball to Tommy, who beat the goalkeeper low. Tommy is tied for first in goals scored (five) and leads the team in total points with 11. Tanner is tied for fifth in scoring with six points off one goal and four assists. Tommy put in the game-tying goal in a 4-1 win over Bakersfield and gave 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 12 games this season, while Tanner has come in off the bench for all 12 matches.
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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 is currently tied for the team lead in goals scored with five and is second in total points with 10. He has already topped his goal-scoring total of a year ago, where he finished with four goals in 24 appearances. 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. His fifth goal came on Oct. 11 as he headed home a free kick from A.J. Corrado in a 4-3 loss at Wisconsin.
DID YOU KNOW? The Hoosiers are 0-4-1 in overtime games this season. Their last OT win came on Nov. 25, 2012 at Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament (2-1, 2OT). The Hoosiers have scored three or more goals in a game three times this season but are just 1-2 in those matches. The lone win was a 4-1 victory over Bakersfield on Sept. 13. The last time Indiana had a three-game losing streak was in 2011 (0-2 at Wisconsin, 2-3 vs. Louisville, 0-1 vs. Creighton). IU has lost four games in a row just once, in 1985 (2-3 vs. Clemson, 0-1 vs. UCLA, 2-3 vs. NC State, 0-2 vs. Duke). Freshman Michael Galullo was named 2012-13 Gatorade Indiana Boys Soccer Player of the Year. That makes five-straight Indiana players of the year that have donned the Cream and Crimson (2012-Femi Hollinger-Janzen; 2011-Eriq Zavaleta; 2010-A.J. Corrado; 2009-Harrison Petts).
IS 2 THE MAGIC NUMBER? The Hoosiers are 4-7-1 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 third in points with eight, and 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 21 goals this season. Femi Hollinger-Janzen and Tommy Thompson lead the way with five goals. Right behind is 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.
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 and Soccer America 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.
LEADING THE SHIP Senior midfielders Jacob Bushue and Harrison Petts have been named team captains for the 2013 season. Between the pair they have 150 appearances in the Cream and Crimson, with 131 starts.
THE BILL WAS FILLED The Hoosiers set a new Armstrong Stadium attendance record on Sept. 1 when 7,720 fans passed through the gates to see the team take on UCLA. That topped the old record of 7,423 set in 2007 also against UCLA as part of the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic. More than 3,200 IU students were part of that 7,720 attendance total, filling the Hoosier Army section to beyond capacity.
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