Soccer Heads to B1G Tournament
Nov. 6, 2012
SETTING THE SCENE Indiana finished tied for third with Michigan in the Big Ten with a 3-2-1 record but earns the No. 4 seed as the Wolverines hold the tiebreaker over IU. Penn State and Northwestern tied for the B1G regular season title at 3-1-2. IU was 1-0-1 against the co-champions. This is the second-straight Big Ten Tournament that IU and MSU have met up in the quarterfinal round. IU was a 2-1 winner in 2011. The Hoosiers enter the postseason 2-2-2 in their last six matches. Indiana has never lost in the quarterfinal round of the Big Ten Tournament, going 7-0. Indiana is 27-7-5 all time in the Big Ten tournament and is one of just two teams with a winning record in tournament play (Penn State). The Hoosiers own 11 Big Ten Tournament titles. Next on the list is Penn State and Ohio State with three each.
NEWS AND NOTES With a Big Ten title on the line, the Hoosiers and Northwestern played to a 1-1 tie in the season finale on Nov. 1. Sophomore Eriq Zavaleta gave Indiana a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute with his 16th goal of the season. Defender Patrick Doody tallied his second assist of the year, serving the ball into the box for Zavaleta. Northwestern got the game-tying score in the 52nd minute from Joey Calistri. The Hoosiers out-shot the WIldcats 20-7, including 5-1 in the two overtime periods. IU did not allow a first-half shot from NU. Zavaleta led the way with eight shots, five of which were on frame. Indiana used just one sub in the game, with freshman Femi Hollinger-Janzen coming in off the bench. IU was without the services of defensive midfielder Jacob Bushue who missed the match due to injury. Soffner has allowed 14 goals in 1695:02 minutes of play for a 0.74 GAA. He has nine shutouts in 18 matches, matching his single-season best which came as a freshman in 2009. His 29 career shutouts ranks sixth on the IU career list. His 246 career saves (64 in 2012) puts him at fourth on the all-time IU list. Indiana is 4-1-1 in true road matches this season with wins over Saint Louis, Ohio State, Penn State and Kentucky. The lone loss came at Michigan State (3-1). This will be senior center back Caleb Konstanski's 41st-consecutive start for IU. The Hoosiers have out-scored opponents 19-8 after halftime. The Hoosiers are 2-for-2 in penalty kicks this season, with both makes coming from Zavaleta. IU is 9-2-1 this season when Zavaleta scores at least one goal. Indiana's 31 goals have come from nine different players. The win over SIUE on Sept. 12 was IU's first over a ranked opponent this season. They are 1-2 against teams in the NSCAA top-25. Indiana had its scoreless streak 377 minutes snapped by Akron on Sept. 7 with a goal at 18:36 in the match. Zavaleta has four multiple-goal games this season (vs. Cincinnati, vs. Clemson, at Kentucky, vs. Wisconsin) and has surpassed his freshman goal total with 16 goals in 18 matches. He had 10 goals as a rookie in 2011. Indiana's three-match shutout streak (Cincinnati, Clemson, San Diego State) matched its longest shutout string of the 2011 season (at St. John's, at Rutgers, vs. Penn State).
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS Michigan State missed out on its chance at the Big Ten title, falling 1-0 to in-state rival Michigan in the season finale on Nov. 3. That put the Spartans at 8-9-1 overall and 3-3 in Big Ten play. The Spartans are led by Adam Montague who has four goals and four assists on the season. Jay Chapman was the start of the game in the first meeting with IU on Oct. 28, scoring all three of his goals this season in the 3-1 victory. Zach Bennett has taken over the reigns in goal, starting eight matches and going 5-3 with a 0.75 GAA. He has three shutouts and 26 saves in 720 minutes of action. Michigan State has scored 19 goals, while also allowing 19 scores. Head coach Damon Rensing is in his fourth season as head coach. He is assisted by Kylie Stannard, Ben Pirmann and Jeremy Clark.
SERIES HISTORY Indiana leads the series 36-5-3, but four of the five losses have come in the last five seasons, as IU lost both meetings in 2008, one meeting in 2009 and this year's matchup. Last season IU was 1-0-1 against the Spartans with a 2-2 tie during the regular season and a 2-1 win in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament. Indiana has posted shutouts in 28 of the 44 meetings, with the last coming in 2010, a 3-0 win for the Hoosiers in East Lansing. As players for the Hoosiers, head coach Todd Yeagley and assistant coach Brian Maisonneuve were 4-0 against the Spartans, out-scoring MSU 11-0 in those four meetings.
MICHIGAN STATE (36-5-3) 11/8/74 W 3-0 H 10/19/75 W 6-0 H 10/14/77 W 7-0 H 10/14/79 W 5-0 H 10/11/80 W 5-0 N 10/11/81 W 5-1 H 10/10/82 W 7-0 A 11/5/83 W 4-2 N 11/4/84 W 2-0 H 11/3/85 W 4-0 H 9/14/86 W 3-1 A 9/11/87 W 6-0 H 9/11/88 W 6-0 A 10/1/89 W 3-0 H 9/30/90 W 2-1 A 9/29/91 W 4-0 H 9/27/92 W 3-0 A 9/26/93 W 2-0 H 9/25/94 W 2-0 A 9/24/95 W 1-0 H 9/29/96 W 2-1 A 11/17/96 W 4-0 N! 9/28/97 W 3-0 H 9/27/98 W 3-0 A 9/26/99 W 2-0 H 9/24/00 W 1-0 A 9/23/01 W 3-0 H 11/11/01 W 2-0 N! 11/25/01 W 1-0 H* 9/22/02 W 6-1 A 9/21/03 T 1-1 H 9/26/04 W 3-1 A 11/12/04 L 1-2 N! 9/25/05 T 0-0 H 10/1/06 W 2-1 (2OT) A 10/6/07 W 2-0 H 11/9/07 W 1-0 A! 10/12/08 L 0-2 A 11/16/08 L 0-1 N! 10/18/09 L 0-1 (2OT) H 10/24/10 W 3-0 A 10/23/11 T 2-2 (2OT) H 11/9/11 W 2-1 N! 10/28/12 L 1-3 A
LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET... The Michigan State Spartans staked themselves to a 3-0 lead and the Hoosiers did not have an answer, falling 3-1 to the Spartans Oct. 28 at DeMartin Stadium in East Lansing, Mich. Indiana made a nuisance of itself in front of the MSU goal early in the first half, with five corner kicks in the first 12 minutes of play. Caleb Konstanski and Nikita Kotlov both had close-range shots that were deflected over the goal line. Matt McKain was credited with a team save in the 14th minute off a header from Ryan Keener, while goalkeeper Luis Soffner kept MSU off the board, parrying a shot from Cody Henderson over the bar in the 21st minute. Michigan State took a 1-0 lead in the 43rd minute with a goal from Jay Chapman. The play began when Kerel Bradford's clearance in the box when right to Sean Conerty. He passed it back to Ryan Thelen, who found a wide open Chapman 22 yards out. Less than five minutes into the second half the Hoosiers had a golden opportunity in the Michigan State box when Eriq Zavaleta served a ball in that was headed down by Kotlov. The ball landed at the feet of McKain, but he skied his shot over the goal. Two minutes later Zavaleta had a shot at a tight angle on the goal line, but MSU goalkeeper Zach Bennett smothered the shot. Michigan State immediately had a counter, and the Hoosiers were caught off guard with Chapman getting an easy one-on-one shot that he slipped past Soffner for the 2-0 Spartan lead. Chapman got the hat trick with his third goal of the day in the 76th minute. Again finding himself in a one-on-one situation with Soffner, Chapman slid it by the senior goalkeeper. Less than, two minutes later, Indiana got one back when Eriq Zavaleta tallied his 15th goal of the year, but it was too little, too late for the Hoosiers. Michigan State finished with a 12-11 advantage in shot attempts, with Indiana taking nine corner kicks to the Spartans' seven.
BIG TEN DOMINATION Since the Big Ten began sponsoring men's soccer in 1991, the Hoosier have dominated the league. The Hoosiers are 93-17-13 in regular season matches, tallying 30+ more victories than second-place team Penn State (60). 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.
SHOULD THE HOOSIERS WIN... A win over Michigan State in the quarterfinals would pit Indiana against top seed Penn State on Friday, Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. ET. That semifinal match will be shown live on the Big Ten Network. Indiana was a 1-0 winner over Penn State this season with Harrison Petts netting the game-winning goal in the second OT. Indiana leads the all-times series with Penn State, 29-11-3. Indiana is 6-2 in the last eight meetings and 4-1 in the last five matchups. The last meeting between the schools in the Big Ten Tournament came in 2010, a 2-1 win for the Nittany Lions in the semifinals.
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INDIANA IN THE POLLS Indiana moved up one spot to No. 21 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) rankings. Indiana fell one to No. 17 in the Top Drawer Soccer Tournament 48 and three spots to No. 19 in the College Soccer News Top 30.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN The road has been a friendly place for the Hoosiers this season as they are 6-2-1 in matches played away from Armstrong Stadium Indiana is 4-1-1 in true road matches and 2-1 in neutral-site games. Indiana has road wins over Saint Louis, Cincinnati, Oregon State, Ohio State, Penn State and Kentucky. The lone true road loss came at Michigan State by a 3-1 score. IU also has a neutral site 1-0 loss to Akron. The lone tie came at Louisville (2-2). Over the last two seasons the Hoosiers are 18-9-7 away from home.
CORRADO NAMED TO ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT TEAM Indiana University junior midfielder A.J. Corrado was one of 11 student-athletes named to the Capital One Academic All-District Men's Soccer Team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. First-team honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month. Corrado was selected to the District 5 teams, which includes student-athletes from teams in the state of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. He is the only Big Ten player on the squad. On the field this year, Corrado leads the Big Ten in total assists with nine, as well as assists per game. He has helped set up four game-winning goals this year while starting all 18 matches. In the classroom Corrado is a biology major with a 3.75 GPA.
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. Goal number three on the season came in a 2-0 win over Evansville, giving him three goals in the last five matches.
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 12 first-half goals. But when it comes to the second half, watch out. The Hoosiers have scored 19 of their 31 goals after the halftime break, while allowing just eight goals in the same time frame. IU is out-shooting its opponents 153-108 after the half, while holding a 98-81 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 16 goals in 18 matches this season, including multiple goal efforts vs. Cincinnati (2), Clemson (2), Kentucky (2) and Wisconsin (2). Zavaleta's 15 goals have come on 65 shot attempts. He is also efficient in his shot selection, with 34 of his 73 attempts on goal (47%). Zavaleta has five of the team's 11 game-winning goals this season. He currently leads the Big Ten in shots (73), shots per game (4.06), points (34), points per game (1.89), goals (16), goals per game (0.89) and game-winning goals (5).
THE SOFFNER WALL Senior goalkeeper Luis Soffner is having an outstanding senior campaign. In 18 matches Soffner has posted nine shutouts and had a streak of 377 scoreless minutes this season. Indiana has allowed 14 goals this season, fewest among Big Ten teams, with Soffner playing all 1695:02 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 (9), and shutouts per game (0.50). He is second in goals-against average (0.74), but first among goalkeepers who have played more than 732 minutes this season.
HOOSIERS IN THE BIG TEN (as of 11/5) Indiana leads the conference in overall wins (11) and tied for the top spot in Big Ten victories with three. The team currently ranks first in points (84), goals (31), goals per game (1.72), goals allowed (14), goals against average (0.74), shutouts (9) and corner kicks (116). Sophomore Eriq Zavaleta leads the league in shots (73), shots per game (4.06), points (34), points per game (1.89), goals (16), goals per game (0.89) and game-winning goals (5). A.J. Corrado leads in assists (9) and assists per game (0.50). Goalkeeper Luis Soffner leads the conference in shutouts (9) and shutouts per game (0.50).
NCAA RANKINGS (as of 11/5) In the latest NCAA rankings, Indiana is 21st in save percentage (.831), tied for 12th in shutout percentage (0.50), and 16th in team goals-against average (0.74) Individually, Eriq Zavaleta is fourth in total goals (16), fourth in goals per game (0.89), fifth in total points (34), and seventh in points per game (1.89).
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. They remained at No. 7 in the third release on Oct. 30, but fell three spots to No. 10 in the fourth release on Nov. 5. Other RPI numbers for Big Ten schools are No. 28 Michigan, No. 41 Northwestern, No. 46 Penn State, No. 60 Michigan State, No. 81 Ohio State and No. 82 Wisconsin. In addition to the Big Ten teams, IU's opponents are No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 2 Akron, No.9 Saint Louis, No. 11 Louisville, No. 26 Kentucky, No. 32 SIUE, No. 58 Clemson, No. 76 Evansville, No. 86 Cincinnati, No. 88 Butler, No. 89 San Diego State and No. 93 Oregon State.
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 72 times this season. In comparison, IU opponents have seen the flagged raised just 19 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 Michigan at 40 offside calls. Ten of those 68 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.
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 77 of 78 matches played in goal. Konstanski is a fourth-year senior, having started 64 of 70 matches. He has made 40 consecutive starts for the Hoosiers.
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