IU Travels to Akron for NCAA Tournament 1st Round
Nov. 19, 2013
SETTING THE SCENE Indiana is making its 27th-consecutive and 38th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Hoosiers have won eight NCAA titles, second among Division I schools, while its 18 College Cups and 83 NCAA Tournament victories and .745 NCAA Tournament winning percentage are tops in Division I. IU faces Akron in the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time, posting a record of 4-1 in the five previous meetings. The Hoosiers ride a four-match unbeaten streak into the game, its longest of the season, and have given up just one goal in the last 385:53 and have held teams scoreless for the last 279:57. Indiana is also 2-0-1 in its last three meetings with ranked opponents, with all of the above stats coming in games away from Armstrong Stadium.
QUICK HITS In his last four matches freshman GK Colin Webb is 3-0-1, has 21 saves and a 0.23 GAA. Jamie Vollmer's game-winning goal vs. Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament title game was his first career goal. Freshman forward Tommy Thompson has 11 shots and an assist on the game-winning goal vs. Michigan in the last 3 games after missing the final six games of the regular season due to injury. Dylan Mares was a starter on the Louisville team that lost 1-0 to Akron in the 2010 NCAA title game. He had one shot on goal in the match. In fact, Mares will be the only player on the field Thursday that saw action in that NCAA Championship game. Not a single player on the current Akron roster played in that match. Mares, Nikita Kotlov, Harrison Petts and Jacob Bushue all have postseason experience vs. the Zips. Indiana is 1-0-1 in OT games this postseason after going 0-5-1 during the regular season. The Hoosiers were a perfect 5-for-5 on PK attempts vs. Penn State after going 0-for-2 on PKs during the regular season. IU's win over MSU in the Big Ten Tournament title game marked the second-straight year and the fourth time overall the No. 5 seed has won the B1G Tournament. Indiana's 29 BTT wins is tops in the Big Ten, as is its .744 winning percentage (29-8-6). A.J. Corrado is a second-team All-Big Ten honoree, Capital One Academic All-District honoree and a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award.
BIG TEN TOURNAMENT RECAP MICHIGAN STATE-B1G TOURNAMENT FINAL Jamie Vollmer's first career goal was a big one as his 66th minute goal gave Indiana a 1-0 win over Michigan State to win its 12th Big Ten Tournament title on Nov. 17. A poor clearance from MSU goalkeeper Zach Bennett landed at the foot of Vollmer, who dribbled the ball to the top of the 18-yard box before hitting a shot under Bennett for the score. The victory gave IU the Big Ten's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. Playing into the wind the Hoosiers were out-shot by MSU 10-5 in the first half. Goalkeeper Colin Webb made six saves in that half, including two spectacular diving stops to keep the game scoreless. With the wind at its back in the second half the Hoosier offense took over, peppering Michigan State with 13 shots, including five on goal looks. The Hoosiers finished with nine corner kicks, compared to none for the Spartans. Webb tallied his third shutout of the season in the victory as was not forced to make a save in the second half as IU limited the Spartans to just four shot attempts. Webb was named Defensive Player of the Tournament, while Vollmer took home Offensive Player of the Tournament honors. Jacob Bushue and Tommy Thompson were named to the all-tournament team. PENN STATE-B1G TOURNAMENT SEMIFINAL Indiana earned its spot in the B1G Tournament championship game with a 0-0 tie (5-3 PKs) vs. Penn State in the semifinals on Nov. 15. The Hoosiers are now 13-5-4 in Big Ten Tournament semifinal games. Indiana is 4-2-3 against Penn State in Big Ten Tournament semifinal games. The Hoosiers did everything but put the ball in the net in 110 minutes of action vs. the Nittany Lions, out-shooting PSU 22-10 and taking 19 corner kicks to five for Penn State. While IU was credited with just one shot on goal, that stat is a bit misleading as the Hoosiers had numerous shots within the 18-yard box blocked by defenders, as well as shots off the post and cross bar. Indiana had a 7-1 shot advantage in the 2 overtime periods, with PSU lone attempt coming in the first OT. IU also had seven corner kicks in OT, compared to none for PSU. In penalty kick time, Nikita Kotlov, Femi Hollinger-Janzen, Tanner Thompson, Jacob Bushue and Kyle Sparks were all successful on their PKs. Penn State's first kicker, Martin Seiler, sent his off the cross bar and that was the difference as IU won 5-3. Hoosier goalkeeper Colin Webb, making his third-consecutive start, improved to 2-1-1 on the season while recording his second shutout in four appearances. MICHIGAN-B1G TOURNAMENT QUARTERFINAL Indiana avenged its regular season loss with a 2-1 overtime win over Michigan in the semifinal round of the Big Ten Tournament on Nov. 13. Unfolding in the exact opposite way of the first meeting, Michigan got on the board first with a goal from Ezekiel Harris in the 11th minute to take a 1-0 lead. The Hoosiers took over the first half from that point, out-shooting the Wolverines 8-4 (4-1 on goal) but could not find the equalizer in the first 45 minutes. A.J. Corrado put Indiana back in the game in the 63rd minute with his third goal of the season. A deflection off Tommy Thompson back out to Corrado found the senior alone, where he hit a laser shot from 23 yards out into the upper 90 past U-M goalkeeper Adam Grinwis. The two teams remained deadlocked in regulation, sending it to overtime for IU's seventh overtime match of the season. For the first time this year the Hoosiers were on the right end of an overtime game with junior Dylan Mares tallying his third goal of the year to give IU the 2-1 win in the 96th minute. Thompson played the ball out wide to Mares, who hit it back across the goal behind Grinwis who had come off his line. Indiana finished with a 15-11 advantage in shots, led by Thompson's five. Nikita Kotlov had three attempts, with two on frame. Freshman Colin Webb picked up his second-straight win in goal, improving to 2-1 on the season.
SCOUTING THE ZIPS Akron enters the game at 16-3-1, coming of a Mid-American Conference tournament title with a 4-1 win over Western Michigan. The Zips are undefeated in their last 11 matches at 10-0-1. The lone tie came on Oct. 23 vs. Michigan State. The last loss was on Oct. 5 at home, a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Hartwick. The other two losses came at St. John's (2-1) and at home vs. VCU (1-0). Aodhan Quinn is the top goal scorer for UA with six, along with Reinaldo Brenes. Adam Najem is tops in points with 16 on 4g and 8a. Just seven players have accounted for Akron's 30 goals scored this year. Fernando Pina has seen a majority of minutes in goal, starting 18 matches and going 1731:03 minutes with 12 goals allowed for a 0.62 GAA with 43 saves and eight shutouts. Head coach Jared Embick is in his first season at the helm of the UA program. He is assisted by Carl Capellas, Stuart Dobson and Oliver Slawson.
SERIES HISTORY Indiana leads the all-time series, 24-6-2. Akron has won the last three meetings, a 1-0 win in 2009, a 2-1 win in the 2010 NCAA Tournament and a 1-0 win in 2011. Prior to 2009 IU had won 12 of the last 13 meetings, with the last win a 2-0 victory in Akron in 2006. The teams played to a 0-0 tie in their last meeting in Bloomington in 2008. The first meeting came in 1975, a 2-1 win for the Zips. The Hoosiers then rattled off eight-straight wins before a tie in 1983.
INDIANA vs. AKRON IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT Indiana and Akron have met five times in the NCAA Tournament with the Hoosiers holding a 4-1 record. The last meeting came in the 2010, a 2-1 Akron win in the third round. Indiana's wins came in 1976 (2-1), 1983 (2-1), 1985 (2-0) and 1998 (3-2). The Hoosiers went on to win NCAA titles in 1983 and 1998, while Akron won the NCAA Championship in 2010.
SHOULD THE HOOSIERS WIN... The winner of the Indiana/Akron match will face No. 9 seed Marquette on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 6 p.m. ET in Milwaukee, Wis. Indiana and Marquette played to a 3-3 tie in the 2013 preseason, with Indiana taking a 3-0 lead in the first half.
IN THE LAST FOUR MATCHES... Indiana is 3-0-1 overall and 2-0-1 against ranked teams. The Hoosiers have posted three shutouts, while allowing out-scoring opponents 6-1. Junior midfielder Dylan Mares has posted game-winning goals vs. Northwestern and Michigan. Freshman goalkeeper Colin Webb is 3-0-1 with 21 saves, three shutouts and a 0.23 GAA. Indiana claimed its 12th Big Ten Tournament title. The Hoosiers are out-shooting opponents 66-46 and have a 37-12 advantage in corner kicks.
HOOSIER TIES IN NCAA TOURNAMENT Several coaches with Indiana ties have their teams in the NCAA Tournament. Former Indiana assistant coach and player John Trask has his Wisconsin Badgers back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1995. Former Indiana player and coach Mike Freitag is an assistant coach at Denver, where the Pioneers will play Louisville in the first round. Former IU volunteer coach Dave Giffard has his VCU Rams in the tournament, hosting Navy in the first round. Assistant coach Josh Tudela played at Indiana (2003-06). Wake Forest head coach Jay Vidovich is a former IU player, and his Demon Deacons earned the No. 14 seed.
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GUESS WHO'S BACK... After missing the last six matches of the regular season due to injury, freshman forward Tommy Thompson made his return in style for the Hoosiers vs. Michigan on Nov. 13, playing 79 minutes off the bench in the 2-1 OT win. Thompson led the team with five shot attempts (one on frame) but it was his pass to Dylan Mares in the 96th minute that led to the game-winning goal, sending the Hoosiers to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals and keeping Indiana's season alive. Thompson was also active off the bench for Indiana in the 0-0 semifinal tie with Penn State, putting up three shots in 89 minutes of play. He saw 58 minutes of action off the bench vs. Michigan State in the championship game, recording three shots and earning all-tournament team honors. Thompson is tied for the team lead in goals scored with five and is third on the team in scoring with 12 points (5g, 2a).
MARES TO THE RESCUE It has been an up-and-down season for first-year Hoosier Dylan Mares, who came to IU from Louisville for his junior year. Entering the postseason, Mares, who led the Cardinals in goals scored in 2012, had just two goals and one assist. His second goal of the year came in the regular-season finale at Northwestern, giving IU a 1-0 lead in a game they would go on to win 3-0. Goal No. 3 was perhaps the most important of his career, giving IU a 2-1 overtime win over Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament to keep IU's season alive. That gives Mares a goal in two of the last four matches and the game-winning goal in two of the last four games.
CAUGHT IN HIS WEBB Freshman goalkeeper Colin Webb has given the Hoosiers a lift in goal in each of the last four matches, going 3-0-1 with a trio of shutouts. Webb earned his second start of the year on Nov. 8 at Northwestern where he tallied a season-high six saves en route to his first win of the season, first career Big Ten win and first career shutout. He earned his third start vs. Michigan in the quarterfinal of the Big Ten Tournament on Nov. 13, tallying four saves in 95:53 of action for the 2-1 win. Playing on his 19th birthday on Nov. 15, Webb recorded his second career shutout, tallying five saves in a 0-0 tie with Penn State, a game that would see Indiana advance to the B1G Tournament title game, 5-3 in PKs. His third win and third shutout of the year came vs. Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship game, where he tallied six first-half saves en route to Defensive Player of the Tournament honors. In his last four matches Webb has 21 saves and a 0.23 GAA.
FOUR HOOSIERS EARN ALL-BIG TEN 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.
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 34 goals this season. Femi Hollinger-Janzen, Nikita Kotlov and Tommy Thompson lead the way with five goals. Right behind is Andrew Oliver, A.J. Corrado and Dylan Mares with three. Jacob Bushue, Harrison Petts, Kyle Sparks and Patrick Doody are next in line with two goals each. Tanner Thompson and Jamie Vollmer have 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 34. 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 340 shots, tops in the Big Ten, with 137 of those attempts on frame. Indiana also leads the league with 148 corner kicks.
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 12 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 four of the last seven years. Tommy Thompson won the award in 2013.
HEARTBREAK HOOSIERS Indiana has struggled to hang on to leads late in matches this season, as evidenced by a 8-11-2 overall record and 1-5-2 overtime record. Five times this season the Hoosiers have held a lead or been tied with less than 10 minutes left, only to see the game slip through their hands. On Nov. 1, Indiana tied up the game with Michigan State at 2-2 in the 82nd minute, only to see the Spartans score the game-winning goal in the 108th minute. The Hoosiers were tied with Michigan at 1-1 until the Wolverines scored the game-winning goal with 2:46 to play in regulation. At Wisconsin on Oct. 11, Indiana held a 3-2 lead with 8:10 to play before the Badgers tied things up and eventually scored the game-winning goal in regulation. At No. 23 Butler on Sept. 26, the Hoosiers were cruising with a 2-0 lead and just 3:06 to play before Butler tallied two goals in the final 3:05 to send the game to overtime, where they would knock in the game winner in the 104th minute. Perhaps the most heartbreaking of all, Indiana had a 1-0 lead and just :47 seconds to play at UAB when the Blazers were awarded a penalty kick, sending the game to OT. The, with just :17 seconds left in the first OT they scored the game winner.
LEADING THE SHIP Senior midfielders Jacob Bushue and Harrison Petts have been named team captains for the 2013 season. Between the pair they have 170 appearances in the Cream and Crimson, with 160 starts.
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