IU Hosts Xavier in NCAA Tourney Match Sunday
Nov. 16, 2012
SETTING THE SCENE Indiana and Xavier are meeting for the first time ever. The Musketeers advanced to the second round by defeating Kentucky, 1-0 in Lexington on Thursday. It marked the first-ever NCAA Tournament win for the Musketeers. They are 5-2-4 in road games this season. This is the second-straight year the Hoosiers have been the No. 16 seed. Last year IU defeated Old Dominion 3-0 in the second round before falling to eventual national champion and No. 1 seed UNC 1-0 in overtime. The Hoosiers are making their 37th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament and are in the field for the 26th-straight year (dating back to 1987 season). The only years IU has not made the NCAA Tournament field were 1973 (first varsity season), 1975 and 1986. IU trails only Saint Louis (47) and UCLA (39) in number of overall NCAA Tournament appearances. Indiana is 78-27-4 all time in NCAA Tournament games. The 78 wins is the most in Division I. The Hoosiers' season has come to an end at the hands of the eventual National Champion by a one-goal deficit each of the last two seasons (Akron-2010; UNC-2011). Since 2001, Indiana is 9-1-1 in second-round matches.
NEWS AND NOTES Junior Nikita Kotlov has three goals and two assists in four career NCAA Tournament games. Senior goalkeeper Luis Soffner is 4-3 in NCAA Tournament games with wins over Louisville, Butler, Tulsa and Old Dominion. He has three career tournament shutouts. Indiana is out-scoring its opponents in NCAA Tournament second-round games 9-2 over the last three seasons. The Hoosiers suffered their first-ever quarterfinal loss in the Big Ten Tournament, falling to Michigan State on Nov. 7. Indiana out-shot the Spartans 12-7 and allowed just one MSU shot in the second half, but that turned out to be the game-winning goal from Ryan Keener in the 77th minute. Adam Montague gave MSU a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute. Junior Nikita Kotlov scored the lone goal for the Hoosiers, with the assist coming from Caleb Konstanski in the 84th minute. Sophomore Eriq Zavaleta led the way with six shots, while goalkeeper Luis Soffner had four saves in the match. Soffner has allowed 16 goals in 1785:02 minutes of play for a 0.81 GAA. He has nine shutouts in 19 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 42nd-consecutive start for IU. The Hoosiers have out-scored opponents 20-9 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 32 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 19 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 MUSKETEERS Xavier is 14-2-5 on the season and advanced to the second round with a 1-0 win at Kentucky on Thursday. Luke Spencer scored the game's lone goal in the 86th minute, his team-leading 14th of the season. Matt Walker had the assist, giving him 10 goals and 10 assists on the season. The Musketeers' two losses have come at the hands of VCU (4-1/Oct. 26) and Saint Louis (1-0/Nov. 9). Against common Hoosier opponents, Xavier tied Northwestern (1-1), defeated Cincinnati 2-1, defeated Saint Louis 3-2, and defeated Butler, 2-1. Xavier has scored 48 goals this season, led by Spencer with 14 goals and seven assists. Walker is next with his 10 goals and 10 assists, while Will Walker has seven goals and six assists. XU has scored two or more goals in a game 13 times this season, including 16 goals in three matches against Richmond (5-1), Rhode Island (6-0) and Massachusetts (5-0). Justin Marshall has started all 21 matches in goal, playing 1819:13 minutes, allowing 17 goals for a 0.84 GAA. He has tallied 54 saves and posted four shutouts. Andrew Bezerra (0.87 GAA/104:02 minutes) and Matt Paprocki (1.35 GAA/66:45 minutes) have also seen action this season. Head coach Andy Fleming is in his third season at Xavier. Prior to that he was an assistant coach at Northwestern. He is assisted by Kris Bertsch and Michael Biggs.
SERIES HISTORY This is the first meeting between the two schools.
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 12 Big Ten Players of the Year, including four of the last six seasons. Will Bruin won the award in 2010, with Eriq Zavaleta taking the Offensive Player of the Year prize in 2012. The Hoosiers have also boasted the Freshman of the Year three of the last five years. Zavaleta won the award in 2011.
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HOOSIER TIES IN NCAA TOURNAMENT Several coaches with Indiana ties have their teams in the NCAA Tournament. Former IU player and assistant coach Caleb Porter has his Akron Zips at the No. 5 seed. Former IU player and assistant coach Mike Getman led his UAB Blazers to the first round of the tournament. Wake Forest head coach Jay Vidovich is a former IU player, and his Demon Deacons are the No. 15 seed. Former player John Michael Hayden is a volunteer coach for the Louisville Cardinals, the No. 10 seed. VCU head coach Dave Giffard was a volunteer coach at IU and his Rams are the No. 14 seed in 2012.
EIGHT HOOSIERS EARN BIG TEN HONORS 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 Nov. 8 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. 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. 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. 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 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. 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.
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.
INDIANA EARNS TEAM ACADEMIC AWARD The Indiana men's soccer team was named an NSCAA 2011-12 Team Academic Award winner. A total of 221 men's teams across all divisions posted a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher, thereby earning the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2011-12 academic year.
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, and he added his fourth goal of the year in a 2-1 loss to Michigan State in the quarterfinal round of the Big Ten Tournament. Kotlov has four goals in the last six 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 20 of their 32 goals after the halftime break, while allowing just nine goals in the same time frame. IU is out-shooting its opponents 163-109 after the half, while holding a 100-87 advantage in first-half shots.
ZA-VA-LE-TA There were 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 had a strong 2012 campaign. Zavaleta has 16 goals in 19 matches this season, including multiple goal efforts vs. Cincinnati (2), Clemson (2), Kentucky (2) and Wisconsin (2). Zavaleta's 16 goals have come on 79 shot attempts. He is also efficient in his shot selection, with 35 of his 79 attempts on goal (44%). Zavaleta has five of the team's 11 game-winning goals this season. He currently leads the Big Ten in shots (79), shots per game (4.16), points (34), points per game (1.79), goals (16), goals per game (0.84) and game-winning goals (5).
THE SOFFNER WALL Senior goalkeeper Luis Soffner has had a solid senior campaign. In 19 matches Soffner has posted nine shutouts and had a streak of 377 scoreless minutes this season. Indiana has allowed 16 goals this season, fewest among Big Ten teams, with Soffner playing all 1785:02 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 (0.47). He is second in goals-against average (0.81), but first among goalkeepers who have played more than 822 minutes this season.
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. HOOSIERS IN THE BIG TEN (as of 11/15) Indiana is tied for second in overall wins (11) and tied for the top spot in Big Ten victories with three. The team currently ranks first in goals (32), goals per game (1.68), goals allowed (16), goals against average (0.81), shutouts (9) and corner kicks (119). Sophomore Eriq Zavaleta leads the league in shots (79), shots per game (4.16), points (34), points per game (1.79), goals (16), goals per game (0.84) and game-winning goals (5). A.J. Corrado leads in assists (9) and assists per game (0.47). Goalkeeper Luis Soffner leads the conference in shutouts (9) and shutouts per game (0.47).
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. The final release put the Hoosiers at No. 16. Other RPI numbers for Big Ten schools are No. 27 Michigan, No. 30 Michigan State, No. 41 Northwestern, No. 53 Penn State, No. 89 Wisconsin and No. 92 Ohio State. In addition to the Big Ten teams, IU's opponents are No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 2 Akron, No. 6 Saint Louis, No. 13 Louisville, No. 25 Kentucky, No. 35 SIUE, No. 59 Clemson, No. 85 Evansville, No. 86 Cincinnati, No. 88 San Diego State, No. 90 Butler and No. 96 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 74 times this season. In comparison, IU opponents have seen the flagged raised just 20 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 48 offside calls. Ten of those 74 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 78 of 79 matches played in goal. Konstanski is a fourth-year senior, having started 66 of 71 matches. He has made 41 consecutive starts for the Hoosiers.
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