IU Travels to Notre Dame for NCAA 3rd Round Match
Nov. 23, 2012
SETTING THE SCENE No. 16 seed Indiana and No. 1 seed Notre Dame meet for the second time this season and the 37th time in the history of the two schools. The Fighting Irish were a 1-0 winner over IU during the 2012 regular season. Indiana advanced to the round of 16 with a 4-1 win over Xavier. Notre Dame posted a 3-0 win over Michigan State. Indiana is 9-1-1 in games played at Alumni Stadium since the facility opened in 2009. The Hoosiers are 1-0-1 in games against the Fighting Irish at Alumni Stadium, with a 3-0 win in 2009 and a 0-0 tie in 2011. The Hoosiers are in the round of 16 for the fifth-straight year and the 33rd time in the program's 40-year history. Indiana has not won a third-round game since 2008. This is the second-straight year the Hoosiers have been the No. 16 seed. 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 79-27-4 all time in NCAA Tournament games. The 79 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).
NEWS AND NOTES Since 2001, Indiana is 10-1-1 in second-round matches. Junior Nikita Kotlov has six goals and two assists in five career NCAA Tournament games. Indiana has give up just one second-half shot attempt in each of its last two matches. IU advanced to the third round thanks to a three-goal performance from Kotlov in a 4-1 win over Xavier on Nov. 18. The junior gave IU a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute, then sealed the win by tallying the game-winning goal in the 68th minute. Freshman Femi Hollinger-Janzen supplied the third goal (and his third of the season) in the 80th minute. Kotlov followed three minutes later to complete the hat trick, The Hoosiers out-shot the Musketeers 11-7. Goalkeeper Luis Soffner recorded his 12th win of the season, making three saves in the process. Soffner is 5-3 in NCAA Tournament games with wins over Louisville, Butler, Tulsa, Old Dominion and Xavier. He has three career tournament shutouts. Indiana has out-scored its opponents in NCAA Tournament second-round games 13-3 over the last three seasons. Soffner has allowed 17 goals in 1875:02 minutes of play for a 0.82 GAA. He has nine shutouts in 20 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 255 career saves (73 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 43rd-consecutive start for IU. The Hoosiers have out-scored opponents 23-9 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 36 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 2-2 against teams in the NSCAA top-25 after posting a 4-1 win over No. 22 Xavier. 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 20 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).
INDIANA vs. NOTRE DAME IN NCAA TOURNAMENT Indiana and Notre Dame have meet three times in the NCAA Tournament, with the Hoosiers holding a 2-1 record in those matches. The Hoosiers were a 1-0 winner in 1994 in the regional semifinal and a 1-0 winner in 2002 in a second-round matchup. Notre Dame's lone tournament win came in their last NCAA meeting, a 2-0 win in the 2005 second round as the unseeded Fighting Irish knocked off the No. 3 seed Hoosiers.
SCOUTING THE FIGHTING IRISH Notre Dame is 17-3-1 on the season and earned the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Fighting Irish won the Big East title with a 3-2 double overtime win over No. 3 seed Georgetown. They also have victories this season over No. 5 seed Akron, No. 4 seed Connecticut, and No. 7 seed Marquette. ND's only losses this season came at Louisville (2-1), at Connecticut (2-1) and at Northwestern (2-1). Senior Ryan Finley is among the nation's leading scorers with 21 goals and four assists (46 points). Harrison Shipp and Patrick Hodan have contributed six goals each as the Fighting Irish are out-scoring opponents 51-18. Will Walsh and Patrick Wall have split time in goal. Walsh has made 11 appearances, playing 1010 minutes and allowing eight goals (0.71 GAA) for an 8-2-1 record with six shutouts. Wall has appeared in 10 matches, playing 921 minutes and allowing 10 goals (0.98 GAA) for a 9-1 record with three shutouts. Notre Dame is out-scoring opponents 37-5 after halftime. Head coach Bobby Clark is in his 12th season at Notre Dame. He is assisted by B.J Craig, Greg Dalby and Vern Gingerich.
SERIES HISTORY Indiana leads the all-time series 26-7-3 since 1973. The Hoosiers have won three of the last six meetings but are 0-2-1 in the last three matchups. The Hoosiers are 14-2-1 in matches played in South Bend. Indiana has not won in Bloomington since a 3-1 victory in 2008. A total of 25 goals have been scored in the last seven meetings, including a 5-4 OT victory by Notre Dame in 2006 and a 3-2 win by the Hoosiers in 2007. The Hoosiers have been shut out just five times in 36 meetings, including the last two matchups.
NOTRE DAME (26-7-3) 9/14/73 W 5-1 A 9/13/74 W 11-1 H 10/22/78 W 7-1 H 9/28/79 W 4-0 A 9/28/80 W 4-0 H 10/25/81 W 2-0 A 9/24/82 W 4-0 H 9/25/83 W 4-0 A 9/23/84 W 5-1 H 9/22/85 W 4-0 A 9/12/86 W 2-0 H 9/13/87 L 3-4 A 9/9/88 T 1-1 H 9/29/89 W 3-1 A 9/27/91 W 4-1 A 9/25/92 W 3-0 H 9/24/93 W 3-0 A 9/23/94 W 2-0 A 11/20/94 W 1-0 N 9/22/95 W 4-2 A 9/27/96 W 3-0 H 9/2/97 W 4-0 A 10/17/01 L 0-1 H 11/27/02 W 1-0 H* 9/18/03 L 0-1 (OT) A 9/15/04 W 2-0 H 10/26/05 W 3-0 A 11/22/05 L 0-2 H* 9/3/06 L 4-5 (OT) H 10/17/07 W 3-2 A 10/16/08 W 3-1 H 10/14/09 W 3-0 A 10/6/10 L 1-2 H 8/27/11 T 0-0 (2OT) A 9/26/12 L 0-1 H
INDIANA vs. BIG EAST Indiana is 76-18-11 all-time against teams currently in the BIG EAST. The Hoosiers are 12-0 vs. Cincinnati, 2-3-1 vs. Connecticut, 0-0-1 vs. Georgetown, 16-3-1 vs. Louisville, 9-0-1 vs. Marquette, 26-7-3 vs. Notre Dame, 5-1-1 vs. Rutgers, 2-3-2 vs. St. John's, 2-0-0 vs. Seton Hall and 2-1-1 vs. USF. The Hoosiers defeated Cincinnati 3-0 on Aug. 26 but lost to the Fighting Irish on Sept. 26 and tied Louisville (2-2) on Oct. 10.
SHOULD THE HOOSIERS WIN... The winner of the Indiana/Notre Dame match will face the winner of the match between No. 9 North Carolina and Fairleigh Dickinson in the quarterfinal round, Nov. 30-Dec. 2. The site of that match will be determined by the two teams that advance, with the higher seed playing host to the game.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN The road has been a friendly place for the Hoosiers this season as they are 6-3-1 in matches played away from Armstrong Stadium Indiana is 4-1-1 in true road matches and 2-2 in neutral-site games. Indiana has road wins over Saint Louis, Cincinnati, Oregon State, Ohio State, Penn State and Kentucky. The lone true road loss came at Michigan State by a 3-1 score. IU also has neutral site losses to Akron (1-0) and Michigan State (2-1). The lone tie came at Louisville (2-2). Over the last two seasons the Hoosiers are 18-10-7 away from home.
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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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. He exploded for three goals in IU's 4-1 win over Xavier in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 18, giving him his first career hat trick. All seven of Kotlov's goals have come in the last eight matches.
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.
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 earned 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 were the No. 14 seed in 2012.
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
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 11 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. Corrado reached double digits for the first time in his career by assisting on Nikita Kotlov's first and second scores in a 4-1 win over Xavier in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 18.
SECOND-HALF STANDOUTS Indiana has been a slow starter this season with just 13 first-half goals. But when it comes to the second half, watch out. The Hoosiers have scored 23 of their 36 goals after the halftime break, while allowing just nine goals in the same time frame. IU is out-shooting its opponents 168-110 after the half, while holding a 106-93 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 20 matches this season, including multiple goal efforts vs. Cincinnati (2), Clemson (2), Kentucky (2) and Wisconsin (2). Zavaleta's 16 goals have come on 82 shot attempts. He is also efficient in his shot selection, with 37 of his 82 attempts on goal (45%). Zavaleta has five of the team's 11 game-winning goals this season. He currently leads the Big Ten in shots (82), shots per game (4.10), points (35), points per game (1.75), goals (16), goals per game (0.80) and game-winning goals (5).
THE SOFFNER WALL Senior goalkeeper Luis Soffner has had a solid senior campaign. In 20 matches Soffner has posted nine shutouts and had a streak of 377 scoreless minutes this season. Indiana has allowed 17 goals this season, fewest among Big Ten teams, with Soffner playing all 1875:02 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 is second in the conference in shutouts (9), and tied for first in shutouts per game (0.45). He is third in goals-against average (0.82) and leads the league in save percentage (.811).
HOOSIERS IN THE BIG TEN (as of 11/18) Indiana is tied for second in overall wins (12) and tied for the top spot in Big Ten victories with three. The team currently ranks first in goals (36), goals per game (1.80), goals allowed (17), and corner kicks (123). Sophomore Eriq Zavaleta leads the league in shots (82), shots per game (4.10), points (35), points per game (1.75), goals (16), goals per game (0.80) and game-winning goals (5). A.J. Corrado leads in assists (11) and assists per game (0.55). Goalkeeper Luis Soffner leads the conference save percentage (.811).
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 21 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 49 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. the Hoosiers are 1-0-3 in OT games in 2012.
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 79 of 80 matches played in goal. Konstanski is a fourth-year senior, having started 67 of 72 matches. He has made 42 consecutive starts for the Hoosiers.
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