Zavaleta Headlines All-Big Ten Team
Nov. 8, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Led by unanimous Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Eriq Zavaleta, eight Hoosiers earned All-Big Ten honors, as announced by the conference office Thursday night at the 2012 Big Ten Men's Soccer Tournament banquet in Evanston, Ill.
In addition to Zavaleta, junior A.J. Corrado was named to the All-Big Ten first team. Juniors Nikita Kotlov and Jacob Bushue were second-team honorees, along with senior Caleb Konstanski. Femi Hollinger-Janzen and Richard Ballard were selected to the Big Ten All-Freshman team. Junior Harrison Petts was named the Hoosiers' Sportsmanship Award winner.
Zavaleta was a unanimous pick as offensive player of the year and as an All-Big Ten first-team selection. This season Zavaleta has tallied 16 goals and two assists in 18 matches. He leads the conference in shots (79), shots per game (4.16), points (34), points per game (1.79), goals, goals per game (0.84) and game-winning goals (5).
The sophomore has tallied four multiple-goal games this season and has scored in three of the last four matches. He is the second Hoosier in the last three years to win the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year award (Will Bruin-2010) and the 12th Hoosier overall to be named a Big Ten Player of the Year. The B1G Player of the Year award was split into an offensive and defensive award in 2009.
It is the second-straight season Zavaleta has been a unanimous first-team pick. He was also named Freshman of the Year in 2011.
Joining Zavaleta on the All-Big Ten first team is Corrado. Corrado leads the team and the Big Ten Conference in assists with nine this season. Corrado was named to the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament All-Tournament team after scoring his lone goal of the season in IU's 3-2 come-from-behind win over Oregon State. Three of his nine assists came in one week with victories over Kentucky and Wisconsin. It is the first All-Big Ten honor for Corrado.
Kotlov is second on the team in scoring with four goals and three assists (11 points). Kotlov scored a goal in a 2-2 tie at Louisville and added his second of the season in a 2-0 win over Butler. Goal number three came in a 2-0 win over Evansville, while he tallied IU's lone goal in a 2-1 loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament.
All four goals have come in the last seven games.
Bushue has been a defensive stalwart for IU as its holding midfielder. The junior has started 17 of 18 matches played this season as a injury has limited his time on the field in the last two games. Bushue has also had a presence on the offensive end, with a goal and an assist in a 2-0 win over No. 22 SIUE. He has tallied four assists on the season.
Konstanski earns All-Big Ten honors for the first time in his career as the anchor of the Hoosier defense. Konstanski, who was named team captain at the start of the season, has started all 19 matches this season and has made 41-consecutive starts for IU. For his career he has started 65 of 71 matches.
Konstanski has helped the Hoosiers to nine shutouts this season, including three-straight clean sheets against Cincinnati, Clemson and San Diego State. He also has two goals this season, scoring his first of the year in a 3-0 win over Cincinnati. He also had the game-winning goal against SIUE, earning Big Ten Defensive Player of he Week honors.
Hollinger-Janzen has been a pleasant surprise for Indiana. Appearing in all 19 matches, Hollinger-Janzen has provided a spark off the bench. He assisted on the Hoosiers' second goal in a 3-0 win over Clemson and five shots vs. San Diego State, earning adidas/IU Credit Union All-Tournament team honors. His first career goal came in a 4-1 win at Kentucky and added his second in a 2-1 loss to Michigan.
Ballard has made a late-season push with the Hoosiers, appearing in eight matches with four starts. His first career start came against Michigan, and he was also in the starting lineup vs. Evansville, Michigan State and Northwestern.
Petts has started all 19 matches this season and has been a mainstay for Indiana in the midfield during his three-year career. It was Petts who scored the game-winning goal in the 106th minute in Indiana's 1-0 win at Penn State, and he also had an assist on Zavaleta's game-tying goal in a 3-2 victory over Oregon State.
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