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    Hoosiers Travel to UNC for NCAA Quarterfinals

    Go Hoosiers! The Hoosiers travel to North Carolina for a Friday matchup with a trip to the College Cup on the line.
    Go Hoosiers!
    The Hoosiers travel to North Carolina for a Friday matchup with a trip to the College Cup on the line.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 28, 2012

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    Indiana (13-5-3) at North Carolina (16-3-3)
     Date Friday, November 30
     Time 6 p.m. ET
     Location Fetzer Field (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
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    SETTING THE SCENE
    • No. 16 seed Indiana advances to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2008, traveling to No. 9 seed North Carolina.
    • This is the second-straight year and the third time in the last four years that the Hoosiers and Tar Heels have met in the NCAA Tournament.
    • UNC was a 1-0 winner in 2009 and took a 1-0 overtime victory in 2011. Both games were in the third round of action.
    • Indiana advanced to the quarterfinals with a 2-1 double OT win at No. 1 seed Notre Dame. UNC was a 1-0 OT winner over Fairleigh Dickinson.
    • Four of the six meetings between IU and UNC have come in the NCAA Tournament.
    • The Hoosiers are in the quarterfinals for the first time since 2008 and the 23rd time in the program's 40-year history.
    • 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 80-27-4 all time in NCAA Tournament games. The 80 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).
    • The Hoosiers are the only remaining Big Ten team in the NCAA Tournament.

    NEWS AND NOTES
    • Indiana advanced to the quarterfinals with a 2-1 double OT win at No. 1 seed Notre Dame on Nov. 25.
    • The Hoosiers dominated from start to finish, out-shooting the Fighting Irish 19-11 overall and 10-1 on goal.
    • After ND scored against the run of play off Kyle Richard at 53:34, IU answered with a goal from Nikita Kotlov at 54:30, just 56 seconds later.
    AJ Corrado served a ball to the far post, where an unmarked Kotlov headed home the ball.
    • A fast-placed second half led to no more goals, and the first OT period saw each team take one shot.
    • The only shot in the second period came from sophomore Eriq Zavaleta at 101:06 when he headed home his 17th goal of the year and sixth game winner.
    Matt McKain served the ball in from the right, and Kotlov flicked it on to Zavaleta on the far post.
    • Zavaleta's goal was his first career NCAA Tournament goal. He is the leading goal scorer among the 8 teams remaining in the tournament with 17.
    • Indiana has an all-time record of 4-1 against the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
    • In the three wins over the No. 1 seed prior to this year, the Hoosiers went on to advance to the College Cup.
    • Since 2001, Indiana is 3-1 in quarterfinal matches.
    • Kotlov has seven goals and two assists in six career NCAA Tournament games. His seven goals is tied for second most by a Hoosier, tied with Pat Noonan (1999-02).
    • His three goals against Xavier in the first round tied a school record for goals in an NCAA Tournament match (Scott Merritt vs. Evansville-1996).
    • His four goals this tournament is tied for second-most in IU history with Steve Snow (1989) and Aleksey Korol (1999). The school record for goals in a single NCAA Tournament is owned by Korol with six in 1998.
    • Four of those goals and two of the assists have come in 2012.
    • Indiana has give up just one second-half shot attempt in two of its last three matches.
    • Junior A.J. Corrado's 12 assists is the most by a Hoosier since Lee Nguyen recorded 12 in 2005.
    • Senior goalkeeper Luis Soffner is 6-3 in NCAA Tournament games with wins over Louisville, Butler, Tulsa, Old Dominion, Xavier and Notre Dame. He has three career tournament shutouts.
    • IU is 16-3-3 (10-2-1 in 2012) when Zavaleta scores at least one goal.
    • The Hoosiers have won two overtime matches in a season for the first time since 2008. They are 2-0-3 in extra sessions in 2012. IU was 4-1-3 in OT in 2008.
    • Indiana has out-scored its opponents in NCAA Tournament second-round games 13-3 over the last three seasons.
    • Soffner has allowed 18 goals in 1976:08 minutes of play for a 0.82 GAA.
    • He has nine shutouts in 21 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 5-1-1 in true road matches this season with wins over Saint Louis, Ohio State, Penn State, Kentucky and Notre Dame. The lone loss came at Michigan State (3-1).
    • This will be senior center back Caleb Konstanski's 44th-consecutive start for IU.
    • The Hoosiers have out-scored opponents 25-10 after halftime.
    • The Hoosiers are 2-for-2 in penalty kicks this season, with both makes coming from Zavaleta.
    • Indiana's 38 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 3-2 against teams in the NSCAA top-25 after posting a 4-1 win over No. 22 Xavier and a 2-1 win over No. 3 Notre Dame.

    IN THE LAST SIX MATCHES...
    • Indiana is 3-2-1, 2-0 against teams ranked in the NSCAA top-25.
    • The Hoosiers have outscored their opponents, 11-8.
    Nikita Kotlov has six goals and one assist.
    • IU has outshot its opponents, 92-50.
    • The Hoosiers have posted just one shutout.

    INDIANA vs. NORTH CAROLINA IN NCAA TOURNAMENT
    • Indiana and North Carolina have met four times in the NCAA Tournament.
    • Each of the last four meetings between the schools have come in tournament play.
    • IU was a 1-0 winner in the quarterfinal round in 2000, topping the No. 1 seed Tar Heels.
    • UNC won 2-0 in 2001 in the College Cup final.
    • The last two meetings have both come in the round of 16, a 1-0 UNC win in 2009 and a 1-0 OT win by the Tar Heels in 2011.

    SCOUTING THE TAR HEELS
    • North Carolina is 16-3-3 on the season and earned the No. 9 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
    • The Tar Heels got to the quarterfinals after a 0-0 tie with UMBC (?? PKs) and a 1-0 OT win over Fairleigh Dickinson.
    • Two of its three losses have come to No. 2 seed Maryland (0-1 OT regular season; 2-1 in ACC Championship game).
    • The only other loss was 1-0 at James Madison on Sept. 11.
    • UNC has scored just 33 goals but has allowed only six, with 17 shutouts.
    • Andy Craven is the leading scorer with six goals and five assists (17 points). Martin Murphy and Rob Lovejoy have five goals each.
    • Scott Goodwin has a 0.26 GAA with 43 saves, playing all 2063:32 minutes this season.
    • UNC is out-shooting its opponents 256-159.
    • This will be the first time this season UNC has played a team located west of West Virginia.
    • Head coach Carlos Somoano is in his second season at UNC. He is assisted by Jeff Negelha and Grant Porter.

    SERIES HISTORY
    • This is the seventh meeting between Indiana and North Carolina, with the Tar Heels holding a 4-2 lead in the series.
    • The teams met last season in the third round of the NCAA Tournament, a 1-0 overtime win for the Tar Heels. They would go on to win the NCAA title.
    • They also met in 2009, also in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. UNC was a 1-0 winner in that match.
    • It is the fifth-straight meeting between the teams that has come in the NCAA Tournament.
    • Prior to 2009 the team met in the 2001 NCAA College Cup title game, won 2-0 by the Tar Heels.
    • Indiana won the NCAA Tournament third round meeting between the schools in 2000, 1-0 in Chapel Hill. UNC was the No. 1 seed that season.
    • The teams matched up during the regular season in 1988 and 1994, with IU takin a 2-0 victory in Bloomington in 1988, and falling at home by a 2-1 score in 1994.



    INDIANA vs. ACC
    • Indiana is 25-14-6 in matches against teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
    • The Hoosiers are 3-0-2 vs. Maryland, 2-4 vs. UNC, 2-1 vs. Wake Forest, 2-0 vs. Boston College, 4-2-1 vs. Virginia, 4-2-1 vs. Duke, 6-4-1 vs. Clemson, 2-1-1 vs. NC State.
    • The Hoosiers defeated Clemson, 3-0 on Aug. 31 in Bloomington.
    • Virginia Tech is the only ACC school the Hoosiers have never faced.

    SHOULD THE HOOSIERS WIN...
    • The winner of the Indiana/North Carolina match will face the winner of Connecticut/Creighton in the College Cup semifinal in Hoover, Ala. on Friday, Dec. 7.

    MR. NOVEMBER
    • Junior midfielder Nikita Kotlov has taken this team on his back in the month of November as he replicates his late-season scoring prowess from 2011.
    • Kotlov has four goals and two assists in two NCAA Tournament matches heading into the game at North Carolina.
    • In 2011, 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.
    • He added a goal and an assist as the Hoosiers upended No. 1 seed Notre Dame, 2-1 on Nov. 25 in a third-round match.
    • All eight of Kotlov's goals have come in the last nine matches.
    • His late-season performance has shot him up to fourth in the B1G in shots (48), tied for third in points (20), second in points per game (1.00), tied for third in goals (8), and second in goals per game (0.40).

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    ON THE ROAD AGAIN
    • The road has been a friendly place for the Hoosiers this season as they are 7-3-1 in matches played away from Armstrong Stadium
    • Indiana is 5-1-1 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, Kentucky and Notre Dame.
    • 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 19-10-7 away from home.

    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.

    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 had his Akron Zips at the No. 5 seed, advancing to the round of 16 before falling to Creighton.
    • 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. Louisville will play Maryland this weekend for a trip to the College Cup.
    • VCU head coach Dave Giffard was a volunteer coach at IU and his Rams were the No. 14 seed in 2012.

    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.
    • Indiana remained unbeaten in OT matches in 2012 with a 2-1 double OT victory at Notre Dame on Nov. 25 in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
    • The Hoosiers are 2-0-3 in OT games 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 1981-present



    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 25 of their 38 goals after the halftime break, while allowing just 10 goals in the same time frame.
    • IU is out-shooting its opponents 179-119 after the half, while holding a 114-95 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 17 goals in 21 matches this season, including multiple goal efforts vs. Cincinnati (2), Clemson (2), Kentucky (2) and Wisconsin (2).
    • Zavaleta's 17 goals have come on 86 shot attempts.
    • He is also efficient in his shot selection, with 39 of his 86 attempts on goal (45%).
    • Zavaleta has six of the team's 12 game-winning goals this season.
    • He currently leads the Big Ten in shots (86), shots per game (4.10), points (37), points per game (1.76), goals (17), goals per game (0.81) and game-winning goals (6).

    THE SOFFNER WALL
    • Senior goalkeeper Luis Soffner has had a solid senior campaign.
    • In 21 matches Soffner has posted nine shutouts and had a streak of 377 scoreless minutes this season.
    • Indiana has allowed 18 goals this season, fewest among Big Ten teams, with Soffner playing all 1976:08 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 shutouts per game (0.43). He is second in goals-against average (0.82) and leads the league in save percentage (.802).

    HOOSIERS IN THE BIG TEN (as of 11/26)
    • Indiana is tied for first in overall wins (13) and tied for the top spot in Big Ten victories with three.
    • The team currently ranks first in goals (38), goals per game (1.81), goals allowed (18), and corner kicks (130).
    • Sophomore Eriq Zavaleta leads the Big Ten in shots (86), shots per game (4.10), points (37), points per game (1.76), goals (17), goals per game (0.81) and game-winning goals (6).
    A.J. Corrado leads in assists (12) and assists per game (0.57).
    • Goalkeeper Luis Soffner leads the conference save percentage (.802).
    Nikita Kotlov is fourth in shots (48), tied for third in points (20), second in points per game (1.00), tied for third in goals (8), and second in goals per game (0.40).

    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 81 times this season.
    • In comparison, IU opponents have seen the flagged raised just 24 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 81 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.
    • Indiana remained unbeaten in OT matches in 2012 with a 2-1 double OT victory at Notre Dame on Nov. 25 in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
    • The Hoosiers are 2-0-3 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 80 of 81 matches played in goal.
    • Konstanski is a fourth-year senior, having started 68 of 73 matches. He has made 43 consecutive starts for the Hoosiers.
     

     


       

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