No. 11 Hoosiers Host Michigan Friday Night
Oct. 18, 2012
SETTING THE SCENE The Hoosiers look to remain undefeated in Big Ten play when Michigan comes to town Friday night. The Hoosiers are unbeaten in their last five matches (4-0-1) and bring a perfect 3-0 Big Ten record into the game. Indiana has not allowed a goal in Big Ten play this season and have eight shutouts in 17 meetings with the Wolverines. Sophomore Eriq Zavaleta has six goals and two assists in his last four games and leads the team with 13 goals in 14 matches. The Hoosiers have just three regular-season matches left after tonight, two of which will be played at Armstrong Stadium.
NEWS AND NOTES The Hoosiers tallied a goal in each half en route to a 2-0 win over Butler on Oct. 16. Eriq Zavaleta scored what would be the game-winning goal in the 29th minute, heading home a throw-in from Nikita Kotlov. It was Zavaleta's 13th goal of the season and his fourth game winner. Kotlov added the insurance score in the 53rd minute, blasting home a ball that was played to him in the box from Jacob Bushue and A.J. Corrado. Goalkeeper Luis Soffner had two saves as he recorded his eighth shutout of the season. 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 37th-consecutive start for IU. Soffner has allowed just eight goals in 1315:02 minutes of play for a 0.55 GAA. He has eight shutouts in 14 matches. His single-season best is nine shutouts, coming in 2009. His 28 career shutouts ranks eighth on the IU career list. His 233 career saves (51 in 2012) puts him at fourth on the all-time IU list. The Hoosiers have out-scored opponents 18-4 after halftime. The Hoosiers are 2-for-2 in penalty kicks this season, with both makes coming from Zavaleta. Indiana's 26 goals have come from nine difference players. Zavaleta has four multiple-goal games already this season (vs. Cincinnati, vs. Clemson, at Kentucky, vs. Wisconsin) and has already surpassed his freshman goal total with 13 goals in 14 matches. He had 10 goals as a rookie in 2011.
SCOUTING THE WOLVERINES Michigan is 4-6-1 on the season and is coming off a 1-0 loss at Akron. The Wolverines have played four top-25 teams this season, going 0-4 in those matches with losses to Marquette (2-1), Notre Dame (1-0), Northwestern (2-0) and Akron (1-0). They are 1-2-1 in Big Ten play with the lone win a 3-2 overtime win over Ohio State. Five players have scored two goals to lead the team this season, led by Fabio Pereira with two goals and four assists. The Wolverines have scored 15 goals, while allowing 17. They are being out-shot by opponents, 169-142. Goalkeeper Adam Grinwis has played all 1042:57 minutes in goal, allowing 16 scores for a 1.38 GAA with 51 saves. The Wolverines will be without the services of defender Brian Klemczak, who will serve a one-match suspension after receiving a red card in Tuesday's match at Akron. Head coach Chaka Daley is in his first season at Michigan. He is assisted by Tommy McMenemy and Ian Gordona.
SERIES HISTORY The Hoosiers are 15-1-1 against Michigan, with the lone loss coming in 2008 by a 1-0 score. Indiana is riding a five-match win streak in the series, outscoring the Wolverines 11-2 during that span. Indiana has held Michigan to 1 or no goals in 15 of the 17 meetings. They allowed two scores in a 2-2 tie (2005) and a 3-2 win (2007). Eriq Zavaleta's first career multiple goal game came against the Wolverines last season, where he finished with two goals.
MICHIGAN (15-1-1) 10/4/74 W 10-1 H 10/8/00 W 7-0 H 10/7/01 W 3-0 A 11/9/01 W 1-0 N! 10/6/02 W 2-1 H 10/5/03 W 2-1 (OT) A 10/10/04 W 2-1 H 11/23/04 W 1-0 H* 10/9/05 W 2-0 A 9/24/06 T 2-2 (2OT) H 9/29/07 W 3-2 (OT) A 10/4/08 L 0-1 H 11/14/08 W 1-0 N! 11/29/08 W 3-0 H* 10/10/09 W 1-0 A 10/16/10 W 2-1 H 10/15/11 W 4-1 A
LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET... Indiana controlled the run of play early but found itself down 1-0 in the 23rd minute on a goal from the Wolverines' Tyler Arnone. Michigan held the lead until the 56th minute when Eriq Zavaleta broke a string of unlucky breaks with a goal by getting in behind the goalkeeper. Alec Purdie put home the game-winner, his fourth of the season, off a pass from Harrison Petts in the 63rd minute. Nikita Kotlov added to the scoring tallying with his second of the season coming in the 78th minute. The play began with a great run from Matt McKain, who took the ball down to the endline before sending in a beautiful cross to Kotlov. The sophomore placed a perfect header for the score. Zavaleta tallied his second of the night and seventh of the season by chipping the ball in over goalkeeper Adam Grinwis in the 86th minute. Indiana finished with 13 shots and put four of its five on-goal looks in the back of the net. Indiana also sent a ball off the crossbar and had three go in the net that were called back on an offsides call, all coming before its first goal of the match.
BIG TEN DOMINATION Since the Big Ten began sponsoring men's soccer in 1991, the Hoosier have dominated the league. The Hoosiers are 93-15-12 in regular season matches, tallying 30+ more victories than second-place team Penn State (58). Indiana has never lost in its Big Ten opener, going 19-0-3 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. Eriq Zavaleta won the award in 2011.
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.
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DEJA VÚ KOTLOV? In 2011, midfielder Nikita Kotlov got off to a slow start on the season with just one goal in his first 12 matches. Over the final 10 matches of the season, Kotlov tallied eight goals to finish second on the team with nine total, earning All-Big Ten honors. In 2012, Kotlov did not score his first goal of the season until game 13, heading home a ball in a 2-2 tie at Louisville on Oct. 10. Kotlov added his second goal of the year in the very next game as the Hoosiers posted a 2-0 win over Butler on Oct. 16.
KEEP ON WINNING With a 2-0 win over Butler, Indiana was assured of its 40th-straight winning season. The Hoosiers are currently in their 40th year of varsity soccer, with the first season of the program coming in 1973. They have tied UCLA for the NCAA record, which the Bruins set from 1967 through the 2006 season. The next active team on the list is Virginia, which has 31-straight winning seasons entering 2012.
NCAA Division I-Consecutive winning seasons No. Team From-To 40 UCLA 1967-2006 40 Indiana 1973-present 37 Saint Louis 1959-1996 37 Clemson 1970-2007 34 SMU 1975-2008 31 Virginia 1981-present
NCAA RPI The first NCAA RPI has been released, with the Hoosiers leading the Big Ten at No. 5. Other RPI numbers for Big Ten schools are No. 28 Northwestern, No. 42 Michigan, No. 70 Penn State, No. 77 Wisconsin, No. 91 Ohio State, No. 98 Michigan State. In addition to the Big Ten teams, IU's opponents are No. 3 Notre Dame, No. 6 Akron, No. 8 Saint Louis, No. 10 Louisville, No. 23 SIUE, No. 33 Kentucky, No. 63 Clemson, No. 69 Oregon State, No. 78 Cincinnati, No. 94 Evansville, No. 100 San Diego State, No. 109 Butler.
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 the Big Ten in assists with eight 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 eight 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. His eighth assist was also on a Kotlov goal in a 2-0 win over Butler.
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 13 goals in 14 matches this season, including multiple goal efforts vs. Cincinnati (2), Clemson (2), Kentucky (2) and Wisconsin (2). Zavaleta is an efficient scorer with his 13 goals coming on just 51 shot attempts. He is also efficient in his shot selection, with 23 of his 51 attempts on goal (45%). Zavaleta has four of the team's 10 game-winning goals this season. He currently leads the Big Ten in shots (51), shots per game (3.64), points (28), points per game (2.00), goals (13), goals per game (0.92) and game-winning goals (4).
THE SOFFNER WALL Senior goalkeeper Luis Soffner is off to the best start of his career in 2012. In 14 matches Soffner has posted eight 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 1315:02 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 (8), goals-against average (0.55), save percentage (.864) and shutouts per game (0.57).
INDIANA IN THE POLLS Indiana climbed one spot to No. 11 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) rankings. The Hoosiers moved down one spot to No. 9 in the 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 one spot to No. 8 in the Soccer Times poll.
HOOSIERS IN THE BIG TEN (as of 10/18) Indiana is tied for the conference lead in overall (10) and Big Ten (3) victories. The team currently ranks first in points (72), goals (26), goals per game (1.86), goals allowed (8), goals against average (0.55), shutouts (8) and corner kicks (88). Sophomore Eriq Zavaleta leads the league in shots (51), shots per game (3.64), points (28), points per game (2.00), goals (13), goals per game (0.93) and game-winning goals (4). A.J. Corrado is tied for the conference lead in assists (8) and assists per game (0.57). Goalkeeper Luis Soffner leads the conference in goals-against average (0.55), shutouts (8) and shutouts per game (0.57), and save percentage (.864).
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