Men's Soccer

    Hoosiers Face Creighton in College Cup Semifinal

    Go Hoosiers! The Hoosiers are making their 18th College Cup appearance and the first since 2004.
    Go Hoosiers!
    The Hoosiers are making their 18th College Cup appearance and the first since 2004.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Dec. 4, 2012

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    Indiana (14-5-3) vs. Creighton (17-3-3)
     Date Friday, December 7
     Time 7:30 p.m. ET
     Location Regions Park (Hoover, Ala.)
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    SETTING THE SCENE
    • Indiana and Creighton match up for the third-straight year, but the first time in the College Cup since 2000.
    • The 16 seed, IU advances to the College Cup for the first time since 2004
    • Indiana advanced to the College Cup with a 4-1 win over Xavier, a 2-1 double OT win at No. 1 seed Notre Dame, and a 1-0 win at No. 9 seed North Carolina.
    • Creighton earned its spot in Hoover with a 4-2 win over Washington, a 1-1 tie at Akron (5-4 PKs) and a 1-0 win at Connecticut.
    • Indiana and Creighton are the only teams in the College Cup that had to play on the road to get there. Both played 3rd and quarterfinal round matches away from home.
    • The Hoosiers are in the College Cup for the 18th 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 81-27-4 all time in NCAA Tournament games. The 81 wins is the most in Division I.
    • The Hoosiers are the second Big Ten team in the last three years to advance to the College Cup (Michigan-2010) and the third in the last six seasons (Ohio State-2007).

    NEWS AND NOTES
    • Indiana advanced to its first College Cup since 2004 with a 1-0 win at No. 9 seed North Carolina on Nov. 30.
    • The Hoosiers have now beaten the No. 1 seed and the defending National Champion to reach the 2012 College Cup.
    Eriq Zavaleta scored the game-winning goal in the 60th minute, his 18th goal of the year, seventh game winner of the season, and second-straight game-winning goal for IU.
    • Left back Patrick Doody played a ball into the box, which was headed on goal by Zavaleta.
    • UNC goalkeeper Scott Goodwin made a one-handed punch save, but the ball went right back to Zavaleta and he headed home the score on an open net. Zavaleta is the leading goal scorer among the four College Cup teams with 18.
    • IU finished with six shots in the match, all of which came between the 55th and 63rd minutes. UNC had 13 shots, three which were on goal.
    • Goalkeeper Luis Soffner picked up his 10th shutout of the season and tallied three saves.
    • The 10 shutouts is a single-season best for the redshirt senior.
    • It was just the second time this year IU has been victorious when scoring only one goal (Sept. 29 at Penn State).
    • Indiana has an all-time record of 4-1 against the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, including this year's win over No. 1 Notre Dame.
    • All four times IU has beaten the No. 1 seed, it has advanced to the College Cup.
    • Since 2001, Indiana is 4-1 in quarterfinal matches.
    • Junior Nikita Kotlov has seven goals and two assists in seven 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 one of the assists have come in 2012.
    • Indiana has give up just one second-half shot attempt in two of its last four matches.
    • Junior A.J. Corrado's 12 assists is the most by a Hoosier since Lee Nguyen recorded 12 in 2005.
    • Soffner is 7-3 in NCAA Tournament games with wins over Louisville, Butler, Tulsa, Old Dominion, Xavier, Notre Dame and North Carolina. He has four career tournament shutouts.
    • IU is 17-3-3 (11-2-1 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.
    • The Hoosiers are out-scoring opponents 7-2 in the 2012 tournament.
    • Soffner has allowed 18 goals in 2066:08 minutes of play for a 0.78 GAA.
    • His 30 career shutouts ranks tied for fourth on the IU career list. His 258 career saves (76 in 2012) puts him at fourth on the all-time IU list.
    • Indiana is 6-1-1 in true road matches this season with wins over Saint Louis, Ohio State, Penn State, Kentucky, Notre Dame and North Carolina. The lone loss came at Michigan State (3-1).
    • This will be senior center back Caleb Konstanski's 45th-consecutive start for IU.
    • The Hoosiers have out-scored opponents 26-10 after halftime.
    • The Hoosiers are 2-for-2 in penalty kicks this season, with both makes coming from Zavaleta.
    • Indiana's 39 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 4-2 against teams in the NSCAA top-25 after posting a 4-1 win over No. 22 Xavier, a 2-1 win over No. 3 Notre Dame and a 1-0 win at No. 5 North Carolina.
    • 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 18 goals in 22 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 came back from a two-goal deficit for its 3-2 win over Oregon State on Sept. 9. The last time IU came back from a two-goal deficit was Oct. 31, 2010 against Northwestern.

    IN THE LAST SIX MATCHES...
    • Indiana is 4-2-1, 3-0 against teams ranked in the NSCAA top-25.
    • The Hoosiers have outscored their opponents, 12-8.
    Nikita Kotlov has six goals and one assist.
    • IU has outshot its opponents, 98-63.
    • The Hoosiers have posted two shutouts.

    INDIANA vs. CREIGHTON IN NCAA TOURNAMENT
    • The teams have matched up twice in NCAA Tournament play prior to 2012.
    • Indiana was a 1-0 winner in the regional final in 1994. It was current IU head coach Todd Yeagley who scored the game winner in the 66th minute.
    • Assistant coach Brian Maisonneuve also played in that match.
    • The other meeting came in the 2000 College Cup, a 2-1 victory for Creighton in the semifinals.
    • Pat Noonan scored the lone goal for IU in the loss.

    SCOUTING THE BLUEJAYS
    • Creighton enters the match at 17-3-3 on the season, posting a 1-0 win at UConn to advance to the College Cup.
    • Creighton is making its fifth College Cup appearance and its second in as many seasons (1996, 2000, 2002, 2011, 2012).
    • Christian Blandon had the game winner in the 89th minute for the BlueJays, his fourth goal of the year.
    • The BlueJays enter the match on a 14-game unbeaten streak (12-0-2).
    • Timo Pitter leads the team in scoring with 10 goals and four assists (24 points), while Jose Gomez has six goals and eight assists (20 points).
    • Jeff Gal has started 13 matches in goal, allowing nine goals in 1296:31 minutes for a 0.62 GAA with six shutouts and a 13-0-1 record.
    • Creighton is out-scoring opponents 39-19 this year and leads in the shot tally 361-283.
    • Twenty-seven of their 39 goals have come after halftime.
    • The BlueJays have played six overtime matches this year, going 3-0-3.
    • They are 2-0 in neutral site games this year with wins over Drake (3-2 2OT) and SIUE (2-1) in the MVC Tournament.
    • Creighton is 28-16-6 all-time in 20 NCAA Tournament appearances.
    • Head coach Elmar Bolowich is in his second season at Creighton. He is assisted by Johnny Torres and Justin Hughes.

    SERIES HISTORY
    • This is the eighth meeting between the schools with Creighton holding a slight 4-3 advantage.
    • The teams played a home-and-home in 2010 and 2011, with the road team victorious in both meetings.
    • Those were the first meetings between the schools on their home fields as the previous five matchups were all neutral site meetings.
    • Indiana took a 3-2 win in Omaha on Oct. 9, 2010, led by a pair of goals from Will Bruin and the game winner from Alec Purdie.
    Harrison Petts and Nikita Kotlov both had assists in the match.
    Nate Mitchell was in goal for the Hoosiers that night, posting two saves.
    • In 2011, Creighton was a 1-0 winner in Bloomington as Dion Acoff scored the game winner in the 42nd minute.
    Luis Soffner had five saves in 90 minutes of action, while Eriq Zavaleta led the way with two shot attempts.
    • Indiana's other two wins came in the 1994 NCAA Tournament regional final (1-0) and in 2006 at the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament in South Bend (1-0 2OT).



    INDIANA vs. MVC
    • Indiana is 43-10-4 against teams currently in the Missouri Valley Conference.
    •• The Hoosiers are 25-4-3 vs. Evansville, 3-4-0 vs. Creighton, 13-2-0 vs. SIUE, 0-0-1 vs. Bradley and 2-0 vs. Drake.
    •• Indiana's last matchup against an MVC team was a 2-0 win over Evansville on Oct. 24.

    SHOULD THE HOOSIERS WIN...
    • The winner of the Indiana/Creighton match will face the winner of Maryland/Georgetown in the national title game on Sunday, Dec. 9.

    IU COACHES IN THE COLLEGE CUP
    Head Coach Todd Yeagley
    - Played in the 1991 and 1994 College Cups as a player.
    - Was an assistant coach on IU's 2003 and 2004 national championship teams.
    Assistant Coach Brian Maisonneuve
    - Played in the 1991 and 1994 College Cups as a player.
    - Maisonneuve had a goal in Indiana's 4-0 win over UCLA in the 1994 semifinal.
    Assistant Coach Ernie Yarborough
    - Member of the 1991 and 1994 College Cup teams.
    - Volunteer assistant coach on IU's 1997 College Cup and 1998 and 1999 national championship teams.

    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 three NCAA Tournament matches heading into the College Cup.
    • 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 10 matches.
    • His late-season performance has shot him up to tied for third in the B1G in shots (49), tied for third in points (20), tied for third in points per game (0.95), tied for third in goals (8), and third in goals per game (0.38).

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    ON THE ROAD AGAIN
    • The road has been a friendly place for the Hoosiers this season as they are 8-3-1 in matches played away from Armstrong Stadium
    • Indiana is 6-1-1 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, Notre Dame and North Carolina.
    • 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 20-10-7 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 12 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 12 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.
    • His 12th assist of the year was on Kotlov's goal in a 2-1 win at Notre Dame in the third round of the NCAA Tournament on Nov. 25.

    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 had their teams in the 2012NCAA 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 advanced to the quarterfinal round.
    • 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 26 of their 39 goals after the halftime break, while allowing just 10 goals in the same time frame.
    • IU is out-shooting its opponents 185-128 after the half, while holding a 114-99 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 18 goals in 22 matches this season, including multiple goal efforts vs. Cincinnati (2), Clemson (2), Kentucky (2) and Wisconsin (2).
    • Zavaleta's 18 goals have come on 89 shot attempts.
    • He is also efficient in his shot selection, with 41 of his 89 attempts on goal (46%).
    • Zavaleta has seven of the team's 14 game-winning goals this season.
    • He currently leads the Big Ten in shots (89), shots per game (4.05), points (39), points per game (1.77), goals (18), goals per game (0.82) and game-winning goals (7).

    THE SOFFNER WALL
    • Senior goalkeeper Luis Soffner has had a solid senior campaign.
    • In 22 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 2066:08 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 tied for first in the conference in shutouts (10), and is first in per game (0.45). He is second in goals-against average (0.78) and leads the league in save percentage (.809).

    HOOSIERS IN THE BIG TEN (as of 11/30)
    • Indiana leads the conference overall wins (14) and tied for the top spot in Big Ten victories with three.
    • The team currently ranks first in goals (39), goals per game (1.77), goals allowed (18), and corner kicks (134).
    • Sophomore Eriq Zavaleta leads the Big Ten n shots (89), shots per game (4.05), points (39), points per game (1.77), goals (18), goals per game (0.82) and game-winning goals (7).
    A.J. Corrado leads in assists (12) and assists per game (0.55).
    • Goalkeeper Luis Soffner leads the conference save percentage (.809), shutouts (10) and shutouts per game (0.45).
    Nikita Kotlov is tied for third in the B1G in shots (49), tied for third in points (20), tied for third in points per game (0.95), tied for third in goals (8), and third in goals per game (0.38).

    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 84 times this season.
    • In comparison, IU opponents have seen the flagged raised just 25 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 84 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 81 of 82 matches played in goal.
    • Konstanski is a fourth-year senior, having started 69 of 74 matches. He has made 44 consecutive starts for the Hoosiers.
     

     

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