SETTING THE SCENE
Indiana closes out the 2013 regular season Friday night at Northwestern.
The Hoosiers are playing for seeding in the Big Ten Tournament. At 1-4, IU can finish as high as fifth with a win over Northwestern and an Ohio State loss/tie. A loss at NU would have the Hoosiers finishing seventh in the Big Ten for the first time in school history.
Indiana and Northwestern have played to a tie in three-straight meetings. IU's last win was a 3-2 victory in 2010 that clinched the Big Ten regular season title. NU's last win came in 2009 by a 2-0 score in Evanston.
Indiana, Northwestern and Ohio State are the only schools with just one Big Ten win this season.
Indiana has scored seven goals in its last three matches after being shut out in two-straight matches. Three of those seven goals have come from Andrew Oliver.
A LOOK BACK
Indiana came back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits to Michigan State but eventually fell 3-2 in double overtime on Nov. 1.
The loss dropped IU to 0-5-1 in overtime games this season.
After MSU took a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute, the Hoosiers came back with a goal from Nikita Kotlov at 7:22.
Kotlov has goals in four of the last five meetings with Michigan State.
The Spartans would go into the lockerroom with a 2-1 lead at the break after Fatai Alashe's score in the 35th minute put them back on top.
Despite out-shooting the Spartans 25-13 and taking 12 corner kicks to three for the opponent, the Hoosiers spent most of the second half searching for that equalizer.
The goal finally came in the 82nd minute when Andrew Oliver hit a shot to the lower right off a cross from A.J. Corrado.
It was Oliver's third goal in as many games.
Neither team could find the back of the net in the first OT, and the game looked to be heading toward a tie when Tim Kreutz knocked in a rebound in the 108th minute for the MSU victory.
It was just the seventh win in 46 meetings for the Spartans.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Northwestern is coming off a 1-0 home loss to Wisconsin on Nov. 3 and is 1-2-3 in its last six matches.
The Wildcats have a 1-1 tie with No. 1 Notre Dame on their resume and put up a seven-game win streak earlier this season.
NU is paced by the Big Ten's leading scorer in Joey Calistri, who has 12 goals and four assists for 28 points. Chris Ritter has added five goals. Brandon Medina has four goals to go along with a team-best five assists.
Tyler Miller has seen a majority of minutes in goal, allowing 11 goals in 1257:02 minutes for a 0.79 GAA. Zak Allen was recently pressed into action and has played 398:30 minutes with four goals allowed for a 0.90 GAA.
Northwestern has scored 28 goals on the season, tied with IU for second in the Big Ten, while allowing just 15. Opponents are out-shooting the Wildcats 200-187 but have put up just 64 corner kicks compared to 71 for NU.
Northwestern is led by Tim Lenahan. He is assisted by Joe Ahearn and Jeff Oleck.
The Last Meeting
November 1, 2012
IU Ends Regular Season with 1-1 Tie vs. Northwestern
With at least a share of the Big Ten title on the line for both teams Thursday night, neither Indiana nor Northwestern could find the second goal it needed in a 1-1 double overtime tie Thursday night on Jerry Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium.
Indiana has dominated the series with the Wildcats with an overall record of 24-2-4.
The lone Hoosier losses came in 2004 (1-0) and 2009 (2-0). The last three meetings have all ended in ties: 2-2 during the 2011 regular season, 1-1 during the 2011 Big Ten Tournament, and 1-1 during the 2012 regular season. The teams also played to a 1-1 tie in 2005.
Indiana's last win in Evanston came in 2007 by a 1-0 score.
Sophomore Andrew Oliver has had the hot foot as of late for Indiana, scoring in each of the last three matches to give him three goals on the season, putting him third on the team in goals scored.
Oliver, who has appeared in just seven matches this year, got the scoring started with his first of the year in a 4-2 win over Evansville on Oct. 23.
He added the Hoosiers' lone goal in a 2-1 loss at Michigan on Oct. 26 with a cheeky header that chipped the `keeper to give IU a 1-0 lead in the first half.
Goal No. 3 came in the 82nd minute against Michigan State on Nov. 1 as his strike tied the match at 2-2, sending the game to overtime where the Hoosiers would eventually fall by a 3-2 score in 2OT.
The Michigan State game marked Oliver's first start of the season.
GOT THE SPARTANS NUMBER
While Indiana as a team has struggled against Michigan State over the last few years, senior Nikita Kotlov has had the Spartans number.
Kotlov has four goals in six career meetings against Michigan State, including one in each of the last two matchups.
After being shut out as a freshman in 2010, Kotlov scored in a 2-2 regular season tie and a 2-1 Big Ten Tournament win in 2011.
Kotlov was scoreless in the 2012 regular season meetings but scored a goal in a 2-1 loss in the Big Ten Tournament.
In 2013, Kotlov scored the first IU goal in a 3-2 double OT loss.
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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 28 goals this season.
Femi Hollinger-Janzen and Tommy Thompson lead the way with five goals. Right behind is Nikita Kotlov with four scores, and Andrew Oliver with three.
Jacob Bushue, Harrison Petts, Patrick Doody, and A.J. Corrado 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 28.
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 274 shots, tops in the Big Ten, with 116 of those attempts on frame.
Indiana also leads the league with 111 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 13 of the Hoosiers' 24 assists this season.
Corrado leads the way with six assists this season. Last year he led the Big Ten with 12 and has 22 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 94-21-13 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.
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.
Indiana has struggled to hang on to leads late in matches this season, as evidenced by a 5-11-1 overall record and 0-5-1 overtime record.
Five times this season the Hoosiers have held a lead or been tied with less than 10 minutes left, only to see the game slip through their hands.
On Nov. 1, Indiana tied up the game with Michigan State at 2-2 in the 82nd minute, only to see the Spartans score the game-winning goal in the 108th minute.
The Hoosiers were tied with Michigan at 1-1 until the Wolverines scored the game-winning goal with 2:46 to play in regulation.
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.
EVERYBODY LOVES KOTLOV
Senior Nikita Kotlov has provided a spark for Indiana on offense this season, sitting tied for second in points with 10 and third in goals scored with four.
Known more for his late-season scoring prowess, Kotlov has taken a more active role early in 2012. He netted the game winner vs. Brown on Sept. 20, and added to Indiana's lead in a 2-0 victory over Ohio State on Sept. 29.
His fourth goal of the year came in a 3-2 2OT loss to Michigan State on Nov. 1.
In 2012 Kotlov finished with nine goals, including the game-winning score in the College Cup championship game vs. Georgetown.
But six of his nine goals came in the postseason, including a hat trick in a 4-1 win over Xavier in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
He also had the game-tying goal in a 2-1 2OT win at No. 1 seed Notre Dame in the Round of 16.
Kotlov has 25 career goals.
OT? OH, NO...
Extra time has not been kind to the Hoosiers this season as they are 0-5-1 in games that extend beyond 90 minutes.
The Hoosiers were downed just 49 seconds into the first overtime on Sept. 1 vs. UCLA, falling to the Bruins by a 1-0 score.
After giving up a penalty kick with 46 seconds left in regulation to tie the game a 1-1, Indiana saw UAB score the game-winning goal with 17 seconds left in the first OT for a 2-1 victory on Sept. 6.
It was three-straight OTs on Sept. 8 as IU came back from a 3-1 deficit to tie the game at 4-4, but the Mountaineers were victorious in the 103rd minute.
Indiana finally held its ground in OT on Sept. 15, playing UC Irvine to a 1-1 tie.
The Hoosiers suffered their fourth OT loss of the season when they dropped a 3-2 decision in double overtime at No. 23 Butler on Sept. 25. Indiana led that match 2-0 will less than four minutes to play in regulation.
Loss No. 5 came in Nov. 1 as the Hoosiers were downed by Michigan State, 3-2, when the Spartans scored in the 108th minute.
Indiana is 5-13-19 in overtime matches since the 2007 season.
The five OT matches played in the first eight games isn't quite an IU record. Indiana played five OT matches in its first seven games of 1996.
INDIANA IN THE POLLS
Indiana is unranked in all four major college soccer polls (NSCAA, Soccer America, Top Drawer Soccer, College Soccer News).
Seven 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 160 appearances in the Cream and Crimson, with 140 starts.
THOMPSON TWINS? NOT QUITE...
The Hoosiers have a set of brothers on the squad this year in freshmen Tanner and Tommy Thompson. But while they are the same age athletically and academically, these brothers are not twins.
Tanner is the oldest of the two, born Aug. 12, 1994. He graduated from high school a semester early and joining the Hoosiers in January 2013 in time for the spring season.
Tommy is his younger brother, born Aug. 15, 1995. He finished high school in just three years to join the Hoosiers in the fall of 2013.
They are Indiana legacies as their father Gregg played for Jerry Yeagley from 1978-82.
The elder Thompson scored both goals in the Hoosiers' eight-overtime, 2-1 win over Duke in the 1982 NCAA title game. He was inducted into the Indiana Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007.