SETTING THE SCENE
For the first time in school history the team is in the midst of a five match losing streak as it looks to snap the skid Wednesday night vs. Evansville.
Indiana is also in a scoring slump as it has been shut out in four of the last five matches.
The Hoosiers have won 25 of 32 meetings with the Purple Aces and have not lost to Evansville since 1990, a 1-0 loss in Evansville in the NCAA Tournament. IU's only loss at home to Evansville came in 1985.
Indiana is coming off a dominating performance at VCU where it found itself on the wrong end of a 1-0 score thanks to a second-half penalty kick by the Rams.
With just four games left, the Hoosiers will finish the regular season with a losing record for the first time in school history.
A LOOK BACK
Indiana had a 21-8 advantage in shots, 10-3 on goal, but could not find the back of the net as a penalty kick in the 68th minute gave VCU a 1-0 win on Oct. 18 in Richmond.
Nikita Kotlov had the best chance of the first half for IU as he picked up a VCU turnover near the top of the 18. He carried the ball to the left post, where goalkeeper James Wells' fingertips stopped his shot to the lower right.
Thirty seconds later IU had a corner kick and the ball came back to Patrick Doody with his shot cleared off the line by a Rams defender. Harrison Petts was on the receiving end of the kick save, and his shot was blocked.
With a minute to go, Doody had another looked that was blocked by Wells as he came off his line. Kotlov got the rebound and Wells tallied his seventh save of the night.
With 29 minutes to play the Hoosiers thought they had broken through with a goal as Femi Hollinger-Janzen headed home a corner kick from A.J. Corrado, but a foul was called in the box, negating the play.
With 24 minutes left in the second half Matt McKain made a run down the endline before crossing the ball into the box. Hollinger-Janzen made his run up the middle but slipped on the turf as he tried to get a boot on it.
It was a penalty kick with 22:39 left in the match that gave the Rams a 1-0 lead as Dennis Castillo hit the lower left corner for the score. VCU was awarded the PK when Jacob Bushue's attempt at a sliding tackle caught the attacker's feet. At that point the Hoosiers had out-shot the Rams 16-6, and the goal was just the second on-frame shot of the night for VCU.
As had been the case for most of the match, from that point on the Hoosiers controlled possession as they looked for the equalizer. In less than a two minute span the Hoosiers had three of their nine corner kicks in the game. In between those three set pieces Bushue had a shot that was cleared off the line by a defender and Kotlov added another that was stopped by Wells.
Dylan Mares had a shot blocked by Wells in the 82nd minute, and a pair of shots from Corrado in the final four minutes went high and wide, the last just barely missing the post as it hit the side netting.
SCOUTING THE PURPLE ACES
Evansville is 8-4-1 on the season and coming off a 1-0 double overtime loss to Missouri State on Oct. 19. They are 3-2 in their last five games.
The Purple Aces have a pair of wins over top-25 teams this year, defeating No. 6 Saint Louis 2-1 in 2OT at home on Sept. 11 and No. 16 Butler 3-1 at home on Oct. 1.
Faik Hajderovic is the leader of the Evansville attack with 14 assists to go along with two goals.
Mark Gonzalez had a team-best seven goals this year, while Dylan Terry has added four goals and five assists.
Evansville is out-scoring opponents 27-22 this season and has a 243-198 advantage in shot attempts. Opponents have taken 65 corner kicks, compared to 61 for the Purple Aces.
Eric Reppen has played all but 24 minutes in goal this season, allowing 20 scores in 1225:04 minutes for a 1.47 GAA with 63 saves.
Head coach Mike Jacobs is in his eighth season at Evansville. He is assisted by Marshall Rey and Mike Pereira.
The Last Meeting
October 24, 2012
Indiana Blanks Evansville, 2-0
Goals from Eriq Zavaleta and Nikita Kotlov in the first half, as well as the ninth shutout of the year for goalkeeper Luis Soffner gave the IU men's soccer team a 2-0 win over visiting Evansville Wednesday night on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
This is the 33rd meeting between the programs with Indiana holding a 25-4-3 lead in the series.
The Hoosiers have won 11 straight meetings and are 14-0-1 in the last 15 matchups, including a 2-0 win last season in Bloomington.
Eriq Zavaleta and Nikita Kotlov scored the first-half goals for IU in the win. The Hoosiers out-shot Evansville 19-6 in the game.
Kotlov scored the game winner for Indiana in a 2-1 victory in 2011, which also featured goalkeeper Michael Soderlund playing the full 90 minutes.
IU's last loss to Evansville came by a 1-0 score in 1990 in the NCAA Tournament. It's only loss in Bloomington came in 1985 by a 3-0 score.
Two of IU's four losses in the series came during the 1985 season.
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 14 matches for Indiana this season, contributing two goals and four assists while taking 21 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.FOLLOW THE HOOSIERS ON TWITTER For all the latest IU men's soccer news, follow the Hoosiers on Twitter at @IUMensSoccer.
Indiana has struggled to hang on to leads late in matches this season, as evidenced by a 4-9-1 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.
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 27 goals in 14 games this season. That is the most goals allowed by the Hoosiers since giving up 28 goals in 20 matches in 2010.
Indiana's five-game losing streak is the first in program history.
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).
BIG TEN DOMINATION
Since the Big Ten began sponsoring men's soccer in 1991, the Hoosier have dominated the league.
The Hoosiers are 94-19-13 in regular season matches, tallying 30 more victories than second-place team Penn State (64).
Indiana has never lost in its Big Ten opener, going 20-0-3 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 22 seasons, including 2012 when IU's Luis Soffner led the league with a 0.72 GAA.
IU has had a league-record 11 Big Ten Players of the Year, including four of the last six seasons. Eriq Zavaleta won the award in 2012.
The Hoosiers have also boasted the Freshman of the Year three of the last six years. Eriq Zavaleta won the award in 2011.
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).
Eight of Indiana's 2013 opponents are in this week's NSCAA 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 154 appearances in the Cream and Crimson, with 134 starts.