IU at VCU Friday Night
Oct. 17, 2013
SETTING THE SCENE Indiana is in the midst of a four-game losing streak for the first time since 1985 and looks to snap that skid Friday as it travels to VCU. The Hoosiers are also looking for their first road win of the season, currently at 0-4 away from Armstrong Stadium. IU's attack has been dormant as of late, being shut out in three of the last four matches. The Hoosiers scored three goals in a 4-3 loss at Wisconsin on Oct. 11. The Hoosier soccer program is no stranger to VCU head coach Dave Giffard as he served as a volunteer assistant at IU in 2005. VCU assistant coach Josh Tudela played for the Hoosiers from 2003-06, earning All-America honors in the midfield in 2006 and winning NCAA titles in 2003 and 2004.
A LOOK BACK A late first half goal and two insuance scores late in the second half saw No. 7 Louisville send Indiana to its fourth-straight loss by a 3-0 score on Oct. 15. The Hoosiers took the first six shots of the match and in a span of two minutes, from 28:58 to 26:58 on the clock, put up four corner kicks, a header wide from Jacob Bushue, a shot from A.J. Corrado parried away by UL goalkeeper Joachim Ball, and a header from Nikita Kotlov saved by Ball. The early domination was for naught as Louisville made its way back into the match. In the 37th minute Taylor Curtis took a shot that was cleared off the line by Hoosier defender Matt McKain. The ball eventually went out for a corner kick, where Ricardo Velazco's service found the head of Daniel Keller, who knocked home his third goal of the season. Indiana continued to search for the game-tying score, including a curling shot from Femi Hollinger-Janzen that forced a diving save from Ball. On the counter attack, the Cardinals would stretch their lead to two goals as Zack Foxhoven took the ball down to the end line before rolling a cross into the penalty area. Marlon Hariston slotted home his third goal of the season from the six-yard spot. Less than two minutes later Louisville put its final stamp on the game and Foxhoven and Hariston again teamed up. This time it was Hariston in the box and as he went down on a tackle managed to pass the ball to his left where Foxhoven hit it into the lower right corner. The Cardinals finished with 16 shots to 12 for Indiana. Kotlov had three shots for the Hoosiers, all on frame, while Bushue and Mares had two each. Freshman Tanner Thompson made his first career start, while Jamie Vollmer made his first start of the 2013 season. Junior Drew Schall was also in the starting lineup for the second-consecutive match.
SCOUTING THE RAMS Virginia Commonwealth is 6-4-1 on the season, including wins at Akron (1-0) and Maryland (3-2). VCU is riding a three-match win streak with victories over Saint Louis (2-1), Massachusetts (4-0) and Rhode Island (3-1) at home. Kharlton Belmar is the leading goal scorer with four on the season. Jose Manel is tops in points with nine (3 goals, 3 assists). Eight different players have scored VCU's 17 goals this year. Goalkeeper Andrew Wells has played all 1026:40 minutes in goal, allowing 14 scores for a 1.23 GAA. he has tallied 43 saves and three shutouts on the season. VCU has been shut out twice this season, a 4-0 loss to UAB and a 1-0 loss to Coastal Carolina. Head coach Dave Giffard is in his fourth season at VCU. He is assisted by Brett Teach and Josh Tudela.
SERIES HISTORY This is just the second meeting between the two programs. The other came in the 2003 NCAA Tournament, a 5-0 win by the Hoosiers as they marched on to the program's sixth NCAA title. This will be Indiana's first trip to Richmond to face the Rams. The Hoosiers played in the NCAA title game in Richmond in 1997 and won its fourth NCAA championship in the city in 1998.
CORRADO NAMED SENIOR CLASS AWARD FINALIST Ten NCAA® men's soccer student-athletes, including Indiana University senior midfielder A.J. Corrado, who excel both on and off the field were selected as finalists on Oct. 16 for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate soccer. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. A complete list of finalists follows this release. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. Corrado has started all 13 matches for Indiana this season, contributing two goals and four assists while taking 17 shots. The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 men's candidates and 30 women's candidates announced in August. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website through November 25. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner. The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Men's and Women's College Cup® championships in December. To vote visit SeniorCLASSAward.com.
HEARTBREAK HOOSIERS Indiana has struggled to hang on to leads late in matches this season, as evidenced by a 4-8-1 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.
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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 he has played this season, while Tanner has appeared in all 13 matches and made his first start vs. No. 7 Louisville on Oct. 15.
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. Indiana has given up 26 goals in 13 games this season. That is the most goals allowed by the Hoosiers since giving up 28 goals in 20 matches in 2010. Indiana has had only one other four-game losing streak, coming 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).
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