IU Welcomes Evansville Wednesday Night
Oct. 23, 2012
SETTING THE SCENE Indiana looks to get back on the winning track, coming off a disappointing 2-1 loss to Michigan last Friday night. Tonight's contest with Evansville is the final non-conference game of the season for the Hoosiers. Indiana is 24-4-3 all-time against the Purple Aces and have not lost to Evansville since 1990, going 13-0-1 in the last 14 meetings. Sophomore Eriq Zavaleta has six goals and two assists in his last five games and leads the team with 13 goals in 15 matches.
NEWS AND NOTES Indiana saw its unbeaten and unscored upon streak in Big Ten play fall to the wayside in a 2-1 loss to Michigan on Oct. 19. The Hoosiers took a 1-0 lead in the 27th minute when Femi Hollinger-Janzen netted his second goal of the season. A.J. Corrado assisted on the score for his team-leading ninth assist of the year. The Wolverines came right back with the game-tying goal in the 33rd minute, then scored the game winner less than three minutes into the second half. The Hoosiers had numerous chances to tie the match in the second half, sending balls off the post, cross bar and their own teammates. UM goalkeeper Adam Grinwis had seven saves as the Hoosiers put up 20 shots and 11 corner kicks. The loss vs. Michigan marked the first time this season the Hoosiers lost when scoring first, when leading in shots and leading in corner kicks. 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 38th-consecutive start for IU. Soffner has allowed just 10 goals in 1405:02 minutes of play for a 0.64 GAA. He has eight shutouts in 15 matches. His single-season best is nine shutouts, coming in 2009. His 28 career shutouts ranks tied for seventh on the IU career list. His 236 career saves (54 in 2012) puts him at fourth on the all-time IU list. The Hoosiers have out-scored opponents 18-5 after halftime. The Hoosiers are 2-for-2 in penalty kicks this season, with both makes coming from Zavaleta. Indiana's 27 goals have come from nine difference players.
SCOUTING THE PURPLE ACES Evansville is 9-5-0 on the season and enters Wednesday's match riding a two-game win streak with victories over SIUE (1-0) and Central Arkansas (1-0). The Purple Aces are 6-2 at home but just 3-3 on the road with losses at Saint Louis (4-1), Butler (3-0) and Bradley (2-0). The Purple Aces are out-scoring opponents 21-17, led by Faik Hajderovic with four goals and five assists (13 points). Jesse Sharp, Mark Gonzalez, Nick Schroeder and Nate Opperman have three goals each. Eric Teppen has started all 14 matches in goal, allowing 17 scores for a 1.23 GAA in 1243:14 minutes of play, along with 53 saves and five shutouts. In addition to SIUE and Butler, Evansville has also played Cincinnati (W, 2-0) and Kentucky (L, 2-0). Head coach Mike Jacobs is in his seventh season at Evansville. He is assisted by Marshall Ray and Michael Pereira.
SERIES HISTORY The Hoosiers are 24-4-3 against Evansville, including a 2-1 win in Evansville last season. Indiana is 13-0-1 in its last 14 meetings with the Purple Aces and have not lost a match in the series since 1990, a 1-0 win for Evansville in the NCAA Tournament. Two of Evansville's four wins have come in NCAA Tournament matches. Evansville got two of its four wins in the same season, defeating IU 3-0 during the 1985 regular season, and 3-0 in the NCAA Tournament that same year. All four Evansville wins over IU have been shutouts. Indiana has shut out the Purple Aces in two of the last three meetings and in 13 meetings overall.
EVANSVILLE (24-4-3) 10/20/78 W 1-0 A 11/4/79 W 1-0 N 11/4/79 W 4-0 H 11/2/80 W 3-2 A 11/1/81 W 4-0 H 10/31/82 T 1-1 A 11/21/82 W 1-0 H 10/30/83 W 2-1 H 10/28/84 W 4-3 A 11/25/84 W 5-0 H* 10/27/85 L 0-3 H 11/24/85 L 0-3 A* 11/2/86 T 1-1 A 10/25/87 W 1-0 H 10/29/88 L 0-1 A 10/29/89 W 4-0 H 11/25/90 L 0-1 A* 10/20/92 W 1-0 A 11/15/92 W 4-1 A* 10/21/94 W 3-1 A 10/20/95 T 2-2 H 11/24/96 W 4-1 H* 10/12/97 W 2-1 H 10/11/98 W 2-1 A 10/10/99 W 6-0 H 9/12/04 W 4-0 N 10/24/07 W 2-1 H 9/30/08 W 3-2 (OT) A 10/28/09 W 2-0 H 9/29/10 W 1-0 H 10/26/11 W 2-1 A
LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET... Indiana picked up its 10th win of the season with a 2-1 victory at Evansville on Oct. 26, 2011. Senior Chris Estridge and sophomore Nikita Kotlov were the goal scorers for the Hoosiers. Estridge tallied his third goal of the season with a strike in the 39th minute that put the Hoosiers up 1-0. He took a quick pass in the box from Harrison Petts before hitting the lower right past UE goalkeeper Eric Teppen. Kotlov put IU up 2-0 in the 57th minute, one-timing a ball from Alec Purdie. It was Kotlov's fifth goal this season and the fourth-straight match where he scored a goal. Freshman Michael Soderlund earned his first career start in goal, tallying five saves for his first career win. Sophomore A.J. Corrado also earned a starting nod in place of Jacob Bushue, who was sitting out after accumulating his fifth yellow card of the season. Joe Tolen, Tim Wylie, Jamie Vollmer, Nick Blevins and Patrick Doody also saw game action.
BIG TEN DOMINATION Since the Big Ten began sponsoring men's soccer in 1991, the Hoosier have dominated the league. The Hoosiers are 93-16-12 in regular season matches, tallying 30+ more victories than second-place team Penn State (59). 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 3-1, tied with Northwestern. Penn State also has three wins at 3-1-1. The Hoosiers hold their Big Ten destiny in their hands with matches at Michigan State (Oct. 28) and vs. Northwestern (Nov. 1) remaining. Penn State is also in the mix at 3-1-1, but the Hoosiers hold the tiebreaker over the Nittany Lions after a 1-0 win on Sept. 29. Ohio State (0-4) and Wisconsin (1-3) have been eliminated from regular-season title contention.
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INDIANA IN THE POLLS Indiana fell five spots to No. 16 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) rankings. The Hoosiers moved down three spots to No. 12 in the Soccer America poll. Indiana fell four spots to No. 13 in the Top Drawer Soccer Tournament 48 and two spots to No. 11 in the College Soccer News Top 30. The Hoosiers went down three spots to No. 11 in the Soccer Times poll.
HOOSIERS IN THE BIG TEN (as of 10/22) Indiana is tied for the conference lead in overall (10) and Big Ten (3) victories. The team currently ranks first in points (75), goals (27), goals per game (1.80), goals allowed (10), goals against average (0.64), shutouts (8) and corner kicks (99). Sophomore Eriq Zavaleta leads the league in shots (58), shots per game (3.87), points (28), points per game (1.87), goals (13), goals per game (0.87) and game-winning goals (4). A.J. Corrado leads in assists (9) and assists per game (0.60). Goalkeeper Luis Soffner leads the conference in shutouts (8), shutouts per game (0.53), and save percentage (.844).
NCAA RANKINGS (as of 10/22) In the latest NCAA rankings, Indiana is 10th in save percentage (.848), tied for 12th in shutout percentage (0.53), and 11th in team goals-against average (0.64) Individually, Luis Soffner is 12th in save percentage (.844) and 12th in goals-against average (0.64). Eriq Zavaleta is fifth in goals per game (0.87), eighth in points per game (1.87), fifth in total goals (13) and seventh in total points (28).
NCAA RPI The first NCAA RPI was released on Oct. 15, with the Hoosiers leading the Big Ten at No. 5. In the second release on Oct. 22 the Hoosiers fell two spots to No. 7 Other RPI numbers for Big Ten schools are No. 26 Michigan, No. 38 Northwestern, No. 41 Penn State, No. 63 Michigan State, No. 82 Wisconsin and No. 86 Ohio State. In addition to the Big Ten teams, IU's opponents are No. 3 Akron, No. 4 Notre Dame, No. 8 Louisville, No. 9 Saint Louis, No. 18 Kentucky, No. 30 SIUE, No. 62 Evansville, No. 76 Clemson, No. 80 Cincinnati, No. 89 San Diego State, No. 93 Oregon State and No. 97 Butler.
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 63 times this season. In comparison, IU opponents have seen the flagged raised just 14 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 and Michigan State at 30 offside calls. Ten of those 63 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 and in a 2-1 loss to Michigan.
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
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 nine 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. Number nine came on Femi Hollinger-Janzen's score in a 2-1 loss to Michigan.
SECOND-HALF STANDOUTS Indiana has been a slow starter this season with just nine first-half goals. But when it comes to the second half, watch out. The Hoosiers have scored 18 of their 27 goals after the halftime break, while allowing just five goals in the same time frame. IU is out-shooting its opponents 126-91 after the half, while holding a slim 75-73 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 13 goals in 15 matches this season, including multiple goal efforts vs. Cincinnati (2), Clemson (2), Kentucky (2) and Wisconsin (2). Zavaleta's 13 goals have come on 58 shot attempts. He is also efficient in his shot selection, with 25 of his 58 attempts on goal (43%). Zavaleta has four of the team's 10 game-winning goals this season. He currently leads the Big Ten in shots (58), shots per game (3.87), points (28), points per game (1.87), goals (13), goals per game (0.87) and game-winning goals (4).
THE SOFFNER WALL Senior goalkeeper Luis Soffner is off to the best start of his career in 2012. In 15 matches Soffner has posted eight shutouts and had a streak of 377 scoreless minutes this season. Indiana has allowed just 10 goals this season, fewest among Big Ten teams, with Soffner playing all 1405:02 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), save percentage (.844) and shutouts per game (0.53). He is second in goals-against average (0.64), but first among goalkeepers who have played more than 720 minutes this season.
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 74 of 75 matches played in goal. Konstanski is a fourth-year senior, having started 61 of 67 matches. He has made 37 consecutive starts for the Hoosiers.
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