SETTING THE SCENE
Indiana has just two games remaining in the 2013 regular season and both are Big Ten matchups, beginning with Michigan State Friday night.
The Hoosiers are 1-1 in their last two games, coming off a 2-1 loss at Michigan after leading 1-0 at the half on a goal from Andrew Oliver.
Michigan State is 0-2-1 in its last three game with losses to Penn State and Wisconsin, and a tie at Akron. Their last win was a 3-0 victory over Oakland on Oct. 16.
Indiana has scored five goals in its last two matches after being shut out in two-straight matches. Two of those five goals have come from Oliver.
Five of Indiana's six losses in the series have come since the 2008 season, all six have come since 2004.
Indiana is 2-5-1 in the last eight meetings with MSU.
IU was out-shot 19-6 at Michigan, just the fifth time in 16 games it has been out-shot. The Hoosiers were held without a corner kick for the first time this season.
Should Indiana win out the season, they could finish as high as third in the Big Ten.
Nikita Kotlov has goals in three of the last four meetings with Michigan State.
A LOOK BACK
Indiana dropped to 1-3 in Big Ten play with a 2-1 loss at Michigan on Oct. 26.
The Hoosiers took a 1-0 lead in the 43rd minute on a goal from Andrew Oliver, his second in as many matches.
Patrick Doody played the ball into the box from the left side, and Oliver headed it over U-M goalkeeper Adam Grinwis who had come off his line.
The Hoosiers led a the break despite being out-shot 7-4. Goalkeeper Michael Soderlund had one save in the first half.
The Hoosiers put up just two shots in the second half, compared to 12 for Michigan.
Tamann Sahlool scored the equalizer in the 70th minute with a header, and the game-winning goal came with just 2:46 left in regulation off the foot of T.J. VanSlooten.
Nikita Kotlov had two shots for IU, both on frame. Harrison Petts also took two shots in the match.
It marked the fourth time this season IU has give up the game winning or game-tying goal in the final six minutes of play.
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
Michigan State is 8-3-3 on the season, 1-2-1 in B1G play, and coming off a 1-0 loss at Wisconsin on Sept. 27.
The Spartans have allowed just 10 goals while scoring 23, including a 15-7 scoring advantage after the halftime break. MSU has taken 236 shots while allowing opponents 200 looks at the net.
Tim Kreutz leads the team in goals (seven) and total points (17). Adam Montague has four goals and five assists for 13 points.
Zach Bennett has played all 1350:07 minutes in goal, allowing 10 scores for a 0.67 GAA with 71 saves. He has eight shutouts on the season.
The Spartans are led by Damon Rensing. He is assisted by Kylie Stannard, Ben Pirmann and Jeremy Clark.
The Last Meeting
November 7, 2012
Hoosiers Fall to Michigan State, 2-1 in B1G Tournament
No. 5 seed Michigan State scored a goal in each half and the No. 4 seed Hoosiers' stay at the 2012 Big Ten Men's Soccer Tournament was a short one, falling 2-0 in the quarterfinal round Wednesday afternoon at Lakeside Field in Evanston, Ill.
Indiana leads the all-time series with Michigan State 36-6-3 but is 2-5-1 in the last eight meetings.
IU's last win came in 2011, a 2-1 victory in the Big Ten Tournament. The Hoosiers' last win in Bloomington came in 2007, a 2-0 victory.
Michigan State won both meetings in 2012, a 3-0 victory in East Lansing during the regular season and a 2-1 win in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.
Nikita Kotlov scored the lone goal for IU in last year's 2-1 B1G Tournament loss.
Kotlov also had a goal in a 2-1 win over the Spartans in the 2011 B1G Tournament, and Jamie Vollmer had an assist on Alec Purdie's game-winning goal.
Kotlov and Bushue scored in the 2-2 tie during the 2011 regular season.
THERE IS A FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
Sophomores Andrew Oliver and Kyle Sparks put themselves in the scoring tally for the first time this season in a 4-2 win over Evansville on Oct. 23.
Oliver's goal in the 60th minute was the second game winner of his career. After a hard shot from Matt McKain was blocked by UE goalkeeper Eric Teppen, the ball landed at Oliver who was all alone and calmly took his shot on a open net.
It marked his third career goal as he had scores vs. Ohio State and Kentucky in 2012.
Sparks' goal in the 76th minute gave IU a nice cushion at 4-0. A long ball over the top from A.J. Corrado found an on-rushing Sparks, who took his shot from about 25 yards out.
It is the second career score for Sparks, adding to his goal in a 3-0 win over Clemson last season.
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 11 different players account for Indiana's 26 goals this season.
Femi Hollinger-Janzen and Tommy Thompson lead the way with five goals. Right behind is Nikita Kotlov with three scores.
Jacob Bushue, Harrison Petts, Patrick Doody, A.J. Corrado and Andrew Oliver are next in line with two goals each.
Dylan Mares, Tanner Thompson, and Kyle Sparks have also gotten in on the scoring action with one goal each.
Despite being shut out five times this season, Indiana still ranks second in the Big Ten in goals scored with 26.
That is thanks to four matches where the Hoosiers have scored three or more goals, and three matches with four goals.
Indiana put four in the net vs. West Virginia, Bakersfield and Evansville, along with three at Wisconsin.
The Hoosiers have taken 249 shots, tops in the Big Ten, with 106 of those attempts on frame.
Indiana also leads the league with 99 corner kicks.
MAY I HELP YOU?
If you need a helping hand, look no further than A.J. Corrado, Tanner Thompson and Matt McKain as the threesome accounts for 12 of the Hoosiers' 23 assists this season.
Corrado leads the way with five assists this season. Last year he led the Big Ten with 12 and has 21 for his career.
McKain gets in the action from his right back spot, running the flank for a career-best three assists this season. He has seven for his career, contributing two in 2011 and 2012.
Thompson has made an immediate impact in the midfield during his freshman campaign with four assists. Two of his helpers have come on goals by his brother, Tommy.
Indiana has six goals this season off set pieces, with three assists from Corrado and one each from Thompson and Harrison Petts. Dylan Mares had a direct score off a free kick vs. Brown.
BIG TEN DOMINATION
Since the Big Ten began sponsoring men's soccer in 1991, the Hoosier have dominated the league.
The Hoosiers are 94-20-13 in regular season matches, tallying 29 more victories than second-place team Penn State (65).
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.
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