IU Faces Michigan in B1G Tournament
Nov. 11, 2013
SETTING THE SCENE The Hoosiers ride a 3-0 victory over Northwestern on Nov. 8 into postseason play. That win over the Wildcats propelled Indiana from seventh to fifth in the Big Ten standings, setting up a meeting with fourth seed Michigan in the quarterfinals. Indiana is 7-1 in the quarterfinal round of the Big Ten Tournament. The Hoosiers are 2-0 against Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament, winning 1-0 in 2001 and 2008. Indiana is 27-8-5 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 are Michigan State, Penn State and Ohio State with three each. Indiana's last Big Ten Tournament title came in 2006.
A LOOK BACK The Hoosiers closed the regular season on a high note with a 3-0 win at Northwestern on Nov. 8. Dylan Mares' second goal of the season proved to be the game winner as he punched home rebounded shots from Harrison Petts and Femi Hollinger-Janzen to give IU a 1-0 lead in the 34th minute. Indiana added to its lead in the 67th minute when Nikita Kotlov tallied his fifth goal of the year, putting away a cross from A.J. Corrado. Kotlov is now tied for the team lead in goals scored with five, while Corrado leads the Hoosiers with six assists. Kyle Sparks made it a 3-0 IU lead in the 77th minute with his second goal of the year. Jacob Bushue and Kotlov flicked the ball on to Sparks, who headed it in from two yards out. Freshman goalkeeper Colin Webb earned his first career shutout and first Big Ten win in just his second appearance between the pipes. Webb had a career-best six saves in the game. Indiana's win snapped a streak of three-straight ties in the IU-NU series. IU also improved to 25-2-4 in the series.
SCOUTING THE WOLVERINES Michigan enters the Big Ten Tournament with an overall record of 8-6-3 and finished fourth in the conference standings with a 3-3 record. The Wolverines are coming off a 2-0 loss at Michigan State on Nov. 9. James Murphy leads the team in scoring with 10 points on four goals and two assists. TJ VanSlooten also has four goals, as the Wolverines have scored 21 goals this year. Tyler Arnone is tops in assists with five. Adam Grinwis has played all but 45 minutes this season, allowing 21 goals in 1550:07 for a 1.22 GAA with 68 saves and four shutouts. Grant Mattia's 45 minutes of action in between the pipes came in the second half of the Wolverines' 2-1 win over Indiana.
SERIES HISTORY Indiana leads the all-time series 15-3-1 but has lost two straight to the Wolverines, both by 2-1 scores in the 2012 and 2013 regular season. Andrew Oliver gave IU a 1-0 lead at Michigan with a first half score on Oct. 26, but Michigan came back with goals from Yamann Sahlool in the 70th minute and the game winner from TJ VanSlooten in the 88th minute. Indiana's last win in the series was a 4-1 victory in 2011. Nikita Kotlov, Alec Purdie and Eriq Zavaleta (2) accounted for the Hoosier goals in its win. Harrison Petts had a pair of assists in the 2011 victory, along with one for Matt McKain.
SHOULD THE HOOSIERS WIN... A win over Michigan in the quarterfinals would pit Indiana against top seed Penn State on Friday, Nov. 15 at noon ET. That semifinal match will be shown live on the Big Ten Network. Indiana dropped a 2-0 decision at home to Penn State on Oct. 6. Indiana leads the all-times series with Penn State, 29-12-3. Indiana is 4-2 in the last six meetings. 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.
KOTLOV, WEBB EARN B1G PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS Indiana University senior midfielder Nikita Kotlov is the Big Ten Men's Soccer Offensive Player of the Week, while freshman Colin Webb is the Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced on Nov. 11. Kotlov tallied a goal and an assist in Indiana's 3-0 win at Northwestern on Nov. 8, giving IU the No. 5 seed in this week's Big Ten Tournament. Kotlov's shot off the underside of the cross bar gave IU a 2-0 lead in the 67th minute of play. It was Kotlov's fifth goal of the season, tied for tops on the team, and his second goal in as many matches. Webb earned his second start of the season in the match at Northwestern and finished with a career-best six saves en route to his first career shutout and first Big Ten victory. Webb has seen 192:39 minutes of action this year with 11 saves and a 1-1 record.
CORRADO NAMED TO ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT TEAM Indiana University senior midfielder A.J. Corrado was named to the Capital One Academic All-District Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Oct. 31. Corrado now moves on to the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration. A starter in all 18 matches for IU this season, Corrado leads the team in assists with seven and is tied for fifth on the team in goals scored with two. His 11 points ranks tied for second for the Hoosiers. A standout in the classroom, Corrado is a biology major with a 3.64 GPA. In October Corrado was named a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award. 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.
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HOT FOOT Sophomore Andrew Oliver has had the hot foot as of late for Indiana, scoring in three of the last four matches to give him three goals on the season, putting him fourth on the team in goals scored. Oliver, who has appeared in just eight 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.
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 31 goals this season. Femi Hollinger-Janzen, Nikita Kotlov and Tommy Thompson lead the way with five goals. Right behind is Andrew Oliver with three. Jacob Bushue, Harrison Petts, Kyle Sparks, Dylan Mares, Patrick Doody, and A.J. Corrado are next in line with two goals each. Tanner Thompson has also gotten in on the scoring action with one goal.
STILL SCORING Despite being shut out five times this season, Indiana still ranks second in the Big Ten in goals scored with 31. That is thanks to five 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 and at Northwestern. The Hoosiers have taken 285 shots, tops in the Big Ten, with 121 of those attempts on frame. Indiana also leads the league with 114 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 14 of the Hoosiers' 27 assists this season. Corrado leads the way with seven assists this season, tied for tops in the Big Ten. Last year he led the Big Ten with 12 and has 23 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 95-21-13 in regular season matches, tallying 30 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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