Hoosiers Host Butler Tuesday Night
Oct. 15, 2012
SETTING THE SCENE Indiana faces in-state foe Butler in a regional matchup at Armstrong Stadium. The Hoosiers are 6-1-1 in their last eight matches and 3-0-1 in the last four. Sophomore Eriq Zavaleta has five goals and two assists in his last three games and leads the team with 12 goals in 13 matches. The Hoosiers have just four regular-season matches left after tonight, three of which will be played at Armstrong Stadium. Indiana is 6-2-2 in nonconference matches this season and 2-1-1 in nonconference games at home. Indiana leads the series with Butler, 20-3-1.
NEWS AND NOTES The Hoosiers went up, then had to come from behind in a 2-2 tie at Louisville on Oct. 10. Nikita Kotlov gave Indiana a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute with his first goal of the season, a header off an A.J. Corrado corner kick that was flicked on by Jacob Bushue. The Cardinals scored a pair of goals in the second half to take a 2-1 lead in the 61st minute. Less than 10 minutes later, Eriq Zavaleta tied the game at 2-all with his 12th goal of the season. Neither team could muster a shot in the two 10-minute overtime periods, despite the fact Indiana played a man up for almost 20 minutes after Ryan Smith was shown his second card of the night in the 93rd minute. The Hoosiers out-shot Louisville 10-7 in the second half. Indiana has not allowed a goal in Big Ten play this season, out-scoring opponents 5-0. Indiana is 4-0-1 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 36th-consecutive start for IU. Senior goalkeeper Luis Soffner has allowed just eight goals in 1225:02 minutes of play for a 0.59 GAA. He has seven shutouts in 13 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 231 career saves (49 in 2012) puts him at fourth on the all-time IU list. The Hoosiers have out-scored opponents 17-4 after halftime. The Hoosiers are 2-for-2 in penalty kicks this season, with both makes coming from Zavaleta. Indiana's 24 goals have come from nine difference players. The Hoosiers have out-scored opponents 17-4 after halftime.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS The Bulldogs are 3-5-4 and are coming off a 1-0 loss to VCU on Sunday. This is Butler's fourth game in nine days and third game in five days after playing at Xavier (L, 2-1) Richmond (W, 6-0) and VCU. Adam Glanzer leads the team in scoring with four goals and one assist (nine points), while Jeff Adkins, Tyler Pollock, Austin Oldham and Jordan Burt have two goals each. Goalkeeper Jon Dawson has allowed 16 goals in 1144:50 minutes for a 1.26 GAA with 54 saves and three shutouts. Butler is out-scoring opponents 19-16 and has a 168-152 advantage in shots. They have also taken 70 corner kicks, compared to 62 for opponents. They are 0-3 in road matches this season. Head coach Paul Snape is in his second season at Butler. He is assisted by Adam Bruh, Jason Perry and Mike Sanich.
SERIES HISTORY Indiana leads the series 20-3-1, but is 2-2 in the last four meetings. Eriq Zavaleta netted the game winner last season in the 85th minute. The Hoosiers have scored just one goal in the last three meetings, going 2-1 in those matches. Indiana has 15 shutouts in 24 meetings, including shutout wins in 2009 and 2011. The Hoosiers' largest margin of victory came in 2005, a 6-0 win in Bloomington. All three Indiana losses in the series have come in Bloomington.
BUTLER (20-3-1) 8/30/91 W 5-0 A 9/10/92 W 3-0 A 10/6/94 W 2-0 A 10/6/95 W 1-0 H 11/19/95 L 0-1 H* 10/10/96 W 6-1 A 10/9/97 W 6-2 H 11/23/97 W 2-1 H* 10/8/98 W 3-0 A 11/29/98 W 2-1 H* 10/7/99 W 5-0 H 10/6/00 W 1-0 H 10/4/01 W 3-0 H 10/3/02 W 2-0 A 10/2/03 T 1-1 H 10/20/04 W 2-0 A 10/19/05 W 6-0 H 10/24/06 W 4-2 A 9/26/07 W 2-0 H 10/7/08 W 2-0 A 10/7/09 L 1-2 (2OT) H 11/22/09 W 1-0 H* 10/27/10 L 1-4 H 10/12/11 W 1-0 A
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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 seven 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 seven assists have come on goals by Zavaleta. He also assisted on Nikita Kotlov's goal in a 2-2 tie at Louisville, sending in a corner kick that was headed in by the sophomore.
SECOND-HALF STANDOUTS Indiana has been a slow starter this season with just seven first-half goals. But when it comes to the second half, watch out. The Hoosiers have scored 17 of their 24 goals after the halftime break, while allowing just four goals in the same time frame. IU is out-shooting its opponents 104-79 after the half, and the Hoosiers have a slight 62-61 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 12 goals in 13 matches this season, including multiple goal efforts vs. Cincinnati (2), Clemson (2), Kentucky (2) and Wisconsin (2). Last season Zavaleta had just six goals 13 matches into the year. Zavaleta is an efficient scorer with his 12 goals coming on just 48 shot attempts. He is also efficient in his shot selection, with 21 of his 48 attempts on goal (43%). Zavaleta has three of the team's nine game-winning goals this season. He currently leads the Big Ten in shots (48), shots per game (3.69), points (26), points per game (2.00), goals (12), 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 13 matches Soffner has posted seven shutouts and had a streak of 377 scoreless minutes this season. Indiana has allowed just eight goals this season, fewest among Big Ten teams, with Soffner playing all 1225:02 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 shutouts (7), save percentage (.860) and shutouts per game (0.54). Among goalkeepers who have played more than 520 minutes, he is tops in GAA (0.59).
INDIANA IN THE POLLS Indiana climbed two spots to No. 12 in the Oct. 9 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) rankings. The Hoosiers moved up three spots to No. 8 in the Oct. 9 Soccer America poll. Indiana climbed two spots to No. 9 in the Top Drawer Soccer Tournament 48 and up one spot to No. 9 in the College Soccer News Top 30. The Hoosiers went up three spots to No. 9 in the Oct. 9 Soccer Times poll.
HOOSIERS IN THE BIG TEN (as of 10/15) Indiana is tied for the conference lead in overall (9) and Big Ten (3) victories. The team currently ranks first in points (65), goals (24), goals per game (1.85), goals allowed (8), goals against average (0.59), shutouts (7) and corner kicks (85). Sophomore Eriq Zavaleta leads the league in shots (48), shots per game (3.69), points (26), points per game (2.00), goals (12), goals per game (0.92) and game-winning goals (3). A.J. Corrado is tied for the conference lead in assists (7) and assists per game (0.54). Goalkeeper Luis Soffner leads the conference in shutouts (7) and shutouts per game (0.54), and save percentage (.860). He is second in goals-against average (0.59).
THE BIG TEN RACE Indiana sits atop the Big Ten standings at 3-0, tied with Northwestern. The Hoosiers hold their Big Ten destiny in their hands with matches vs. Michigan (Oct. 19) at Michigan State (Oct. 28) and Northwestern (Nov. 1) remaining. Penn State is also in the mix at 2-1-1, but the Hoosiers hold the tiebreaker over the Nittany Lions after a 1-0 win on Sept. 29. Ohio State is the only team that has been eliminated from regular-season title contention at 0-4.
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 51 times this season. In comparison, IU opponents have seen the flagged raised just 10 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 29 offside calls. Ten of those 51 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 72 of 73 matches played in goal. Konstanski is a fourth-year senior, having started 59 of 65 matches. He has made 35 consecutive starts for the Hoosiers.
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