No. 9 Indiana Closes Regular Season with OSU
Nov. 3, 2011
SETTING THE SCENE Indiana is 4-0-2 in its last six games and looks to end the regular season on a high note against Ohio State. Saturday will serve as Senior Day for Chris Estridge, Tommy Meyer, Alec Purdie, Tyler McCarroll and Nick Blevins. While IU is out of the Big Ten title race, the Hoosiers can have a say in who gets the regular season crown. A win over Ohio State, coupled with a Northwestern win or tie would give the Wildcats their first B1G title. Indiana is looking for its 11th victory this season, which would be the most regular-season wins for the Hoosiers since 2008. Indiana is averaging 2.40 goals per game over its last five matches. Freshman Eriq Zavaleta is in the thick of the Big Ten scoring race, leading the league in points (21) and tied for the lead in goals (9) heading into the final weekend. Indiana is looking for its first victory over the Buckeyes since the 2008 season.
NEWS AND NOTES The Hoosiers saw their Big Ten title hopes dashed on Oct. 30 with a 2-2 tie at Northwestern. Indiana trailed 1-0 at the half but came back with goals from A.J. Corrado and Eriq Zavaleta to take a 2-1 lead. It was Zavaleta's team-leading ninth goal of the season, and number two for Corrado. Alec Purdie assisted on both scores, giving him five on the season. The Wildcats came back with the game-tying goal in the 85th minute, and the Hoosiers were the only ones to get a shot off in the two 10-minute overtime periods. With under a minute to go it looked as if Zavaleta had scored the game-winning goal, but he was judged to be offsides by the assistant referee. Zavaleta led the Hoosiers in shot attempts with four, followed by three each from Nikita Kotlov and Alec Purdie. Corrado had two shots coming off the bench, both of which were on frame.
SCOUTING THE BUCKEYES Ohio State enters its regular season finale with a 10-5-2 record and a Big Ten title on the line. The Buckeyes are 4-1 in Big Ten play and could clinch the regular season title with a win over the Hoosiers. Chris Hegngi is tied for the Big Ten lead in goals scored with nine, while Sebastian Rivas is second on the team with four. Omar Vallejo leads the squad with four assists. The Buckeyes have scored 27 goals while allowing 19, and hold a 263-240 shot advantage over opponents. They have also taken 87 corner kicks to 79 by opponents. Goalkeeper Matt Lampson has started all 17 matches, allowing 19 goals in 1565 minutes for a 1.09 GAA. He has five shutouts on the year. Ohio State is 3-0-1 in its last four matches and its only conference loss came at home to Northwestern (3-2). Head coach John Bluem is in his 15th season at Ohio State. he is assisted by Frank Speth and Taly Goode.
SERIES HISTORY Indiana is 35-4-3 all-time against Ohio State but has lost three straight in the series, including a 1-0 loss in 2010. Five of the last seven games against the Buckeyes have gone to overtime, with IU going 2-1-2 in those matches. The Hoosiers won the first 26 meetings with the Buckeyes before a 1-0 loss in the 2000 Big Ten Tournament. Indiana won both meetings in 2008, a 3-2 overtime win during the regular season and a 1-0 overtime victory in the Big Ten Tournament. Ohio State won two meetings in 2009, a 1-0 overtime win during the regular season and a 4-2 victory in the Big Ten Tournament in Bloomington. The Hoosiers have shut out the Buckeyes 27 times in 42 meetings. As players, Todd Yeagley had one goal (1991) and two assists (1993, 1994) against the Buckeyes. Brian Maisonneuve had a goal and an assist in a 7-0 win in 1993.
FOLLOW THE HOOSIERS ON TWITTER
For all the latest IU men's soccer news, follow the Hoosiers on Twitter at @IUMensSoccer.
FRESHMAN IMPACT The Hoosiers are getting key contributions from several players who are donning the cream and crimson for the first time in 2011. Forward Eriq Zavaleta is making his case for Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors. Zavaleta leads the team in goals scored with nine He is tied for the Big Ten lead in goals scored with nine and leads the league in points (21) and points per game (1.23). His nine goals have come on just 42 shots, and 20 of his 42 shots have been on frame (.476). A starter in all 17 matches, his nine goals are also the most by an IU freshman since Matt Fundenberger had 13 as a freshman in 1997. Freshman midfielder Patrick Doody has appeared in 13 games for IU. While he has not yet found the back of the net, Doody has been a key player for Indiana off the bench as they have gone 8-1-4 in his appearances. Kerel Bradford redshirted in 2010 and is making the most of his first season on the pitch at IU. Bradford has started all 17 matches and has been a key cog for the Hoosiers in the midfield.
INDIANA IN THE POLLS Indiana moved up one spot to No. 9 in the NSCAA top 25, and down one spot to No. 9 in the Soccer America poll. The Hoosiers are up one spot to No. 15 in the College Soccer News top-30. IU moves up to No. 9 in the week 11 Top Drawer Soccer Tournament 48.
NCAA RPI Indiana dropped two spots to No. 21 in the third NCAA RPI list that came out on Nov. 1. IU was No. 19 in the first two RPI releases. Other Big Ten RPI numbers: Northwestern 37, Wisconsin 40, Ohio State 46, Michigan State 78, Penn State 92, Michigan 135.
HOOSIERS IN THE BIG TEN (as of 11/2) The Hoosiers are at or near the top of the standings in several Big Ten statistical categories. Eriq Zavaleta leads the Big Ten in points with 21 and points per game with 1.24. He is tied for the conference lead in goals scored (9) and goals per game (0.53). Alec Purdie is second in points (19), points per game (1.12) and is tied for third in goals (7) and fourth in goals per game (0.41). Purdie leads the conference in game-winning goals with four, while Zavaleta is tied for second with three. Tommy Meyer and Harrison Petts are tied for second in assists (6) and assists per game (0.35). Purdie is tied for fifth with five, while A.J. Corrado and Chris Estridge are tied for seventh with four each. Goalkeeper Luis Soffner is fourth in the Big Ten in save percentage (.795) and is third in goals-against average (0.90), saves (58), saves per game (3.62), shutouts (6) and shutouts per game (0.38).
HOOSIER PRIDE Indiana takes great pride in being a home-grown program and 2011 is no different as 17 of the 28 players on the roster hail from the Hoosier State. Nate Mitchell (Fort Wayne), Eriq Zavaleta (Westfield), Lance Davis (Washington), Chris Estridge (Indianapolis), Harrison Petts (Zionsville), Nikita Kotlov (Indianapolis), Alec Purdie (Elkhart), A.J. Corrado (Zionsville), Joe Tolen (Evansville), Tim Wylie (Fort Wayne), Jamie Vollmer (Westfield), Tyler McCarroll (Carmel), Kyle Sparks (Avon), Caleb Konstanski (Bloomington), Matt McKain (Columbus), Dylan Lax (Columbus) and Sean Weidman (Indianapolis) all call Indiana home. And the local boys are major contributors. 26 of Indiana's 32 goals this season have been scored by Hoosier natives. Zavaleta leads the way with nine, followed by seven from Purdie, five from Kotlov, three from Estridge and two from Corrado. Nine of Indiana's 10 game-winning goals have been put in the back of the net by a Hoosier native (Purdie-4, Zavaleta-3, Estridge-1, Kotlov-1).
BIG TEN DOMINATION Since the Big Ten began sponsoring men's soccer in 1991, the Hoosier have dominated the league. The Hoosiers are 89-15-12 in regular season matches, tallying 30+ more victories than second-place team Penn State (57). Indiana has never lost in its Big Ten opener, going 18-0-3 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.
OFFENSIVE DEFENDER While known as a lights-out defender and a top professional prospect, senior centerback Tommy Meyer has found his offensive side this season. Meyer has found himself much more involved in the offense this year and is tied for the team lead with six assists. Meyer had a pair of assists in the 6-0 win over Dayton on Sept. 4 and added two more in a 2-0 win at Rutgers on Sept. 18. His fifth assist of the year came on Eriq Zavaleta's goal vs. No. 11 Louisville. He also assisted on Nikita Kotlov's goal in a 4-1 win at Michigan on Oct. 15. His six assists rank Meyer tied for second in the Big Ten Conference, as well as his 0.35 assists per game average.
NEW TO ME...AND YOU While they may not be freshmen, these key players are new faces for Hoosier fans in 2011. Sophomore A.J. Corrado came to Indiana from SMU in the spring of 2010, and the Hoosier native has had an immediate impact. Corrado's first career goal came in a 2-0 win at Rutgers on Sept. 18. He added his second goal of the season in a 2-2 tie at Northwestern. Appearing in all 17 matches, he also has assisted on the game-winning goal vs. No. 16 Penn State, and had a pair of assists in a 6-0 win over Dayton on Sept. 4. Corrado's fouth assist this season came in a 2-2 tie with Michigan State on Oct. 23. Corrado is from Zionsville, Ind. and played alongside sophomore Harrison Petts at Zionsville Community HS. Sophomore Jamie Vollmer is in his first year at IU after spending 2010 at Butler. Vollmer has appeared in all 17 matches, with 13 starts, and has one assist on the season. The midfielder is best known for his long throw-ins that have incredible accuracy and come in to play in the box each time.
OH...OVERTIME Extra minutes have not been kind to the Hoosiers this season as they are 0-1-4 in overtime contests. Indiana started the season with a 0-0 double overtime tie at No. 12 Notre Dame on Aug. 27. The Hoosiers were also held without a goal in extra time in a 0-0 double overtime tie at No. 16 St. John's on Sept. 16. Their first loss in overtime came on Oct. 5, a 3-2 defeat at the hands of No. 11 Louisville. Indiana held a 2-0 lead until the 73rd minute, when the Cardinals fired off two quick goals to tie the match, then scored the game-winning goal less than five minutes into overtime. The Hoosiers' third tie this season came against Michigan State on Oct. 23. Indiana could not hold on to a 2-0 lead, giving up two second-half goals for a 2-2 tie. Indiana made it back-to-back 2-2 ties on Sundays with a draw at Northwestern on Oct. 30. The Hoosiers came back from a 1-0 deficit to take a 2-1 lead, but gave up the tying goal with just over five minutes to play. Indiana is 6-7-17 in overtime matches over the last five seasons.
DID YOU KNOW? Indiana's four ties this year is the most in a season since the Hoosiers went 13-4-5 in 2007. If he maintains his lead, Eriq Zavaleta can become the first Hoosier to lead the team in goals scored since Darren Yeagle in 2006. Indiana went 8-2-2 against nonconference opponents this season, its best nonconference record since 2005, when it went 9-0-3 against nonconference opponents Indiana is 6-1-1 this year when jumping out to a 2-0 lead in a match. Eriq Zavaleta's nine goals is the most by a freshman since Matt Fundenberger had 13 in 1997. Indiana is 6-1-1 in games where Zavaleta scores a goal. The Hoosiers' 27 shots against Michigan State was a season high. 54 percent (6/11) of Indiana's starting lineup is either a freshman or sophomore. In addition, the first two players off the bench are also sophomores. Indiana has 33 assists on 32 goals this season. Indiana is out-scoring its opponents 14-5 in the first half. The Hoosiers have scored 14 goals in the first half and 18 goals in the second half so far this year. Twelve different players have scored points for IU this year. Purdie has topped his previous career best for goals in a season with seven so far this year. He had three in 2010, and five total for his career entering the 2011 season. The Hoosiers have scored 10 of their 32 goals within the first 32 minutes of the match this season. Five of those have come within the first 20 minutes of play. Indiana has been limited to single digits in shot attempts twice this season (at St. John's, Creighton). Indiana has earned seven Big Ten Player of the Week awards so far this season. That is more than the 2009 (1) and 2010 (4) seasons combined. Indiana is averaging 2,390 fans per home match this season.
Check back soon