Hoosiers Face ODU Sunday in NCAA Tourney
Nov. 18, 2011
SETTING THE SCENE Indiana and Old Dominion will meet for the first time ever on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Indiana is 6-0-3 in its last nine games. The Hoosiers are making their 36th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament and are in the field for the 25th-straight year. Indiana is 77-26-4 all time in NCAA Tournament games. Freshman Eriq Zavaleta leads the Big Ten in goals scored (10), points (25), points per game (1.25) and goals per game (0.50) heading into the Tournament. Sophomore Nikita Kotlov has had the hot foot for the Hoosiers with six goals in his last eight matches. The Hoosiers are the only remaining Big Ten team in the NCAA Tournament.
NEWS AND NOTES Indiana's Big Ten Tournament run came to an end in the semifinal round with a 1-1 tie against No. 1 seed Northwestern. The Wildcats prevailed in penalty kicks, 3-2, and went on to win their first Big Ten Tournament title. Freshman Eriq Zavaleta gave the Hoosiers a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute with his Big Ten-best 10th goal of the season. Senior Tommy Meyer assisted on the goal, giving him seven on the year which is tops on the team and second in the conference. The Hoosiers held the one-goal advantage until the 77th minute when an own goal knotted things up. Indiana out-shot the Wildcats 7-4 in the overtime periods, including 4-1 in the second overtime. Seven of 11 Hoosiers played all 110 minutes in the match. The Hoosiers stretched their unbeaten streak to eight matches with a 2-1 win over Michigan State in the quarterfinal round of the Big Ten Tournament. The win improved the Hoosiers to 36-4-3 all-time against the Spartans. Sophomore Nikita Kotlov gave the Hoosiers a 1-0 lead in the 39th minute with his seventh goal of the season. Kotlov chipped the goalkeeper on a perfectly-played ball from freshman Eriq Zavaleta. Senior Alec Purdie scored what would be the game-winning goal just 1:15 into the second half. Sophomore Jamie Vollmer's long throw-in skipped to the head of Zavaleta, who re-directed the ball to Purdie for the score. Kotlov had two goals against the Spartans this season, while Zavaleta tallied three of his five assists against Michigan State. Goalkeeper Luis Soffner picked up his 11th win of the season, matching his career best for wins in a season (2009). The Hoosiers have scored two or more goals in six of their last eight matches and in 12 of 20 overall games this season.
SCOUTING THE MONARCHS Old Dominion is 12-5-2 on the season and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament after playing Liberty to a 0-0 tie in double overtime and taking the match in penalty kicks, 5-4. ODU is one of the most prolific scoring offense in the nation, scoring 48 goals this season. They are led by junior forward Yannick Smith who has 16 goals and two assists. Sophomore forward Tim Hopkinson has 10 goals and eight assists on the year, followed by sophomore Gideon Asante with seven goals and nine assists. They have out-scored opponents 20-4 in the first half but have given up 21 second-half goals. Goalkeeper Victor Francoz has started all 19 matches, allowing 25 goals in 1736 minutes for a 1.30 GAA. Old Dominion finished as runner-up in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament, falling 2-1 to Delaware in the title game. Head coach Alan Dawson is in his 14th season at Old Dominion. He is assisted by Ryan Sniegoski and Trevor Adair.
SERIES HISTORY This is the first meeting between the Hoosiers and Monarchs. The Hoosiers are 4-1 against teams from the Colonial Athletic Association. The Hoosiers have wins over William and Mary (2002), VCU (2003), George Mason (1983, 1989) and a loss to James Madison (1999).
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FIVE HOOSIERS EARN ALL-BIG TEN HONORS Indiana led the way with five first-team All-Big Ten honorees. Freshman forward Eriq Zavaleta and senior defender Chris Estridge were unanimous first-team selections. Also earning first-team honors were senior midfielder Alec Purdie, sophomore midfielder Nikita Kotlov and senior defender Tommy Meyer. It is the first first-team All-Big Ten honor for all five players. It is the most first-team honors for Indiana since 2004 when it also had five first-team selections. Zavaleta was also unanimously voted the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. It is the 11th time a Hoosier has been named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and the third time in the last six seasons. (Last-Will Bruin in 2008). Zavaleta was a unanimous selection to the Big Ten All-Freshman team and was joined by Kerel Bradford on the squad. Bradford was also named the Hoosiers' Sportsmanship Award winner. Indiana has now had 93 first-team All-Big Ten honorees.
KEEP ON SCORING Despite losing 68 percent of its goal production fro the 2010 season, the Hoosiers have scored just one few goal (36) in 20 matches than it did last year (37). The Hoosiers goal numbers in 2010 and 2011 top numbers put up in 2009 (28-23 games), 2008 (35-24 games), 2007 (31-22 games) and 2006 (32-22 games). Nikita Kotlov and Alec Purdie have more than doubled their scoring output from 2010, with Kotlov going from three goals in 2010, to seven in 2011, and Purdie from three goals in 2010 to eight in 2011.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN The road has been a friendly place for the Hoosiers this season as they are 6-1-4 in matches played away from Armstrong Stadium Indiana is 4-1-3 in true road matches and 2-0-1 in neutral-site games. Indiana has road wins over Rutgers, Butler, Michigan and Evansville, with ties at Notre Dame, St. John's and Northwestern. The lone loss came at Wisconsin by a 2-0 score.
PETTS NAMED TO ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT TEAM Indiana University sophomore midfielder Harrison Petts was named to the Capital One Academic All-District team, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced on Nov. 4. In order to qualify for nomination a student-athlete must have been at their institution at least one year and reached sophomore athletic eligibility, carry a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher, and have participated in at least 50 percent of a team's games. Petts is one of just three Big Ten student-athletes to earn the award. Petts has started all 18 games this season and is tied for the team lead and ranks tied for second in the Big Ten in assists with six. He had a pair of assists in a 6-0 win over Dayton and a 4-1 win at Michigan, while also contributing assists on goals vs. Louisville and Evansville. As a freshman Petts started all 19 matches played and was a unanimous selection to the Big Ten All-Freshman team. His three goals and five assists also earned him a spot on the Top Drawer Soccer All-Rookie second team, Soccer America All-Freshman second team and College Soccer News All-Freshman second team. Petts will now advance to the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration. That team will be announced on December 1.
INDIANA IN THE POLLS Indiana dropped four spots to No. 11 in the Soccer America poll and stay at No. 9 in the NSCAA top 25. The Hoosiers are at No. 10 in the College Soccer News top-30 which was last released on Nov. 6. IU dropped to No. 15 in the final Top Drawer Soccer Tournament 48.
NCAA RPI Indiana moved up five spots to No. 14 in the fifth NCAA RPI list that came out on Nov. 15. IU was No. 19 in the first two RPI releases, No. 21 in week three and No. 19 in week four. Other Big Ten RPI numbers: Northwestern 34, Wisconsin 49, Ohio State 52, Michigan State 69, Penn State 79, Michigan 149.
HOOSIERS IN THE BIG TEN (as of 11/13) The Hoosiers are at or near the top of the standings in several Big Ten statistical categories. Eriq Zavaleta leads the Big Ten in points with 25 and points per game with 1.25. He also leads the league in goals scored (10) and goals per game (0.50). Alec Purdie is second in points (21), points per game (1.05) and is tied for third in goals (8) and fourth in goals per game (0.40). Purdie leads the conference in game-winning goals with five, while Zavaleta is tied for second with three. Tommy Meyer is second in the league in assists with seven, while Harrison Petts is tied for third with six. Zavaleta and Purdie are tied for sixth with five assists each. Goalkeeper Luis Soffner is third in save percentage (.802), saves (69) and shutouts (7) and is fourth in goals-against average (0.85) and saves per game (3.63).
OH...OVERTIME Extra minutes have not been kind to the Hoosiers this season as they are 0-1-5 in overtime contests. Indiana started the season with a 0-0 double overtime tie at No. 12 Notre Dame on Aug. 27. The Hoosiers were also held without a goal in extra time in a 0-0 double overtime tie at No. 16 St. John's on Sept. 16. Their first loss in overtime came on Oct. 5, a 3-2 defeat at the hands of No. 11 Louisville. Indiana held a 2-0 lead until the 73rd minute, when the Cardinals fired off two quick goals to tie the match, then scored the game-winning goal less than five minutes into overtime. The Hoosiers' third tie this season came against Michigan State on Oct. 23. Indiana could not hold on to a 2-0 lead, giving up two second-half goals for a 2-2 tie. Indiana made it back-to-back 2-2 ties on Sundays with a draw at Northwestern on Oct. 30. The Hoosiers came back from a 1-0 deficit to take a 2-1 lead, but gave up the tying goal with just over five minutes to play. The Hoosiers and Wildcats again played to a tie in the semifinal round of the Big Ten Tournament, this one ending in a 1-1 score. Indiana is 6-7-18 in overtime matches over the last five seasons.
DID YOU KNOW? Indiana was the only Big Ten team to shut out Ohio State during the regular season. The Hoosiers win over Ohio State on Nov. 5 marked its 90th Big Ten victory in 117 matches (90-15-12). Indiana's 11 regular-season wins is the most since the 2007 season (12). Indiana's five ties this year is the most in a season since the Hoosiers went 13-4-5 in 2007. Indiana is 3-0-1 in Big Ten Network broadcasted games this season. If he maintains his lead, Eriq Zavaleta can become the first Hoosier to lead the team in goals scored since Darren Yeagle in 2006. Indiana went 8-2-2 against nonconference opponents this season, its best nonconference record since 2005, when it went 9-0-3 against nonconference opponents Indiana is 7-1-1 this year when jumping out to a 2-0 lead in a match. Eriq Zavaleta's 10 goals is the most by a freshman since Matt Fundenberger had 13 in 1997. Indiana is 6-1-2 in games where Zavaleta scores a goal. The Hoosiers' 27 shots against Michigan State was a season high. 54 percent (6/11) of Indiana's starting lineup is either a freshman or sophomore. In addition, the first two players off the bench are also sophomores. Indiana has 38 assists on 36 goals this season. Indiana is out-scoring its opponents 17-5 in the first half. The Hoosiers have scored 17 goals in the first half and 19 goals in the second half so far this year. Twelve different players have scored points for IU this year. Purdie has topped his previous career best for goals in a season with eight so far this year. He had three in 2010, and five total for his career entering the 2011 season. The Hoosiers have scored 11 of their 36 goals within the first 32 minutes of the match this season. Six of those have come within the first 20 minutes of play. Indiana has been limited to single digits in shot attempts twice this season (at St. John's, Creighton). Indiana earned seven Big Ten Player of the Week awards this season. That is more than the 2009 (1) and 2010 (4) seasons combined. Indiana is averaging 2,064 fans per home match this season. Indiana has won Notre Dame's Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament five times since its inception in 2002 (2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011). The Hoosiers have played in the tournament every year but one (2002). Freshman goalkeeper Michael Soderlund saw his first game action vs. Dayton, playing 18 minutes. Soderlund should actually be starting his senior year of high school this fall but graduated a year early to join the Hoosiers. Indiana has scored 11 goals over the last two seasons in its Sunday afternoon adidas/IU Credit Union Classic matches (5- vs. UCLA in 2010; 6- vs. Dayton in 2011). Eight of Indiana's regular-season opponents were ranked in the NSCAA preseason top 25, including preseason No. 1 Louisville. Head coach Todd Yeagley and assistant coaches Brian Maisonneuve, Ernie Yarborough and Chris Munroe all played collegiately at Indiana. Yeagley, Maisonneuve and Yarborough were in fact all teammates from 1992-94. Senior Tommy Meyer and his father, Keith Meyer, are the first father-son combination to play soccer at Indiana. Meyer played for the Hoosiers in 1980 and 1982-84, winning NCAA titles in 1982 and 1983. Freshman Eriq Zavaleta's uncle, Greg Vanney, is currently an assistant coach with MLS' Chivas USA and was an 11-year member of the U.S. Men's National Team. Both his uncle Greg and father, Carlos, played at UCLA and are in the Bruins' Hall of Fame. Freshman Jack Coleman led FC Dallas Academy to the U.S. Development Academy championship game this past July and was named to the U.S. Development Academy Starting XI. Zavaleta and sophomore A.J. Corrado were both starters on the Columbus Crew Jrs. team that won the USL Super-20 championship this past July. Zavaleta had a goal and Corrado an assist in the title match. Head Coach Todd Yeagley's first victory at the helm of the Hoosier program was a big one as the Hoosiers posted a 5-1 victory over No. 5 UCLA on Sept. 5, 2010.
HOOSIER PRIDE Indiana takes great pride in being a home-grown program and 2011 is no different as 17 of the 28 players on the roster hail from the Hoosier State. Nate Mitchell (Fort Wayne), Eriq Zavaleta (Westfield), Lance Davis (Washington), Chris Estridge (Indianapolis), Harrison Petts (Zionsville), Nikita Kotlov (Indianapolis), Alec Purdie (Elkhart), A.J. Corrado (Zionsville), Joe Tolen (Evansville), Tim Wylie (Fort Wayne), Jamie Vollmer (Westfield), Tyler McCarroll (Carmel), Kyle Sparks (Avon), Caleb Konstanski (Bloomington), Matt McKain (Columbus), Dylan Lax (Columbus) and Sean Weidman (Indianapolis) all call Indiana home. And the local boys are major contributors. 30 of Indiana's 36 goals this season have been scored by Hoosier natives. Zavaleta leads the way with 10, followed by eight from Purdie, seven from Kotlov, three from Estridge and two from Corrado. Eleven of Indiana's 12 game-winning goals have been put in the back of the net by a Hoosier native (Purdie-5, Zavaleta-3, Kotlov-2, Estridge-1).
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