IU, Georgetown Meet for NCAA Title
Dec. 8, 2012
SETTING THE SCENE Indiana is playing in the NCAA title game for a record 14th time. Friday's win over Creighton broke a stalemate with Saint Louis at 13 championship appearances. The Hoosiers are on a four-match win streak, their longest winning streak of the season. Indiana has not allowed a goal over the last 216:25 of play. IU is now 14-4 in College Cup semifinal matches. The Hoosiers are 7-6 in title game appearances. The Hoosiers are the first 16 seed to advance to the title game since the NCAA expanded its seeding to 16 teams in 2003. 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. Georgetown earned its spot in Hoover with a 3-2 win over Charlotte, 1-0 win over Syracuse and a 1-1 tie (4-2 PK) with San Diego. The Hoosiers are the first Big Ten team to make a title game appearance since Ohio State in 2007. 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 82-27-4 all time in NCAA Tournament games. The 82 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 The Hoosiers advanced to their 14th NCAA title game appearance with a 1-0 win over Creighton in the semifinals. Freshman Femi Hollinger-Janzen was the hero of the night for IU, scoring his fourth goal of the year and second in the NCAA Tournament with a shot in the 27th minute off a rebound to the lower left. It was the second-straight shutout for the Hoosiers and 11th of the season. Creighton out-shot the Hoosiers 10-9 but just two of their 10 shots were on frame, with both coming in the last three minutes of play. Nikita Kotlov and Hollinger-Janzen accounted for six of Indiana's nine shots. The win evened the series between IU and Creighton at 4-4. Goalkeeper Luis Soffner picked up his 15th win of the season. That is the most wins by an IU goalkeeper in a season since Jay Nolly was a 19-game winner in IU's 2004 championship season. Soffner tallied his 11th shutout of the year. Soffner is 8-3 in NCAA Tournament games with wins over Louisville, Butler, Tulsa, Old Dominion, Xavier, Notre Dame, North Carolina and Creighton. He has five career tournament shutouts. IU is now 3-3-1 this year when scoring one goal. The Hoosiers are out-scoring opponents 8-2 in the 2012 tournament. 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 eight 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. Junior A.J. Corrado's 12 assists is the most by a Hoosier since Lee Nguyen recorded 12 in 2005. 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. Soffner has allowed 18 goals in 2156:08 minutes of play for a 0.75 GAA. His 31 career shutouts ranks fourth on the IU career list. His 260 career saves (78 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 46th-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 40 goals have come from nine different players. IU is 5-2 against teams in the NSCAA top-25 after posting a 2-0 win over No. 25 SIUE, 4-1 win over No. 22 Xavier, a 2-1 win over No. 3 Notre Dame, a 1-0 win at No. 5 North Carolina and a 1-0 win over No. 8 Creighton. 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 23 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 EIGHT MATCHES... Indiana is 5-2-1, 4-0 against teams ranked in the NSCAA top-25. The Hoosiers have outscored their opponents, 13-8. Nikita Kotlov has six goals and one assist. Eriq Zavaleta has two game-winning goals. IU has outshot its opponents, 107-73. The Hoosiers have posted three shutouts.
INDIANA vs. GEORGETOWN IN NCAA TOURNAMENT These teams have never met in NCAA Tournament play.
SCOUTING THE HOYAS Georgetown advanced to the title game with a 4-4 tie (4-3 PKs) against Maryland. Steve Neumann scored his eighth, ninth and 10th goals of the year in the match, along with a score from Brandon Allen. The Hoyas won the BIG EAST Blue Division for the second time in three years and made it to the BIG EAST Championship where they fell to Notre Dame in double overtime, 3-2. BIG EAST Freshman of the Year Allen leads the offense with 16 goals and two assists (34 points). Andy Riemer has nine goals in 24 starts, The Hoyas are out-scoring opponents 43-24. Tomas Gomez has started 19 matches in goal, allowing 18 scores in 1825:56 minutes for a 0.89 GAA with seven shutouts. All three of Georgetown's losses came in BIG EAST play, falling to UConn (2-1) and Notre Dame twice (3-0, 3-2 2OT). Indiana and Georgetown have common opponents in Penn State, Wisconsin and Notre Dame. The Hoyas went 1-2-1 in those games (2-1 Penn State, 1-1 Wisconsin). Indiana had a record of 3-1 (1-0 Penn State, 2-0 Wisconsin, 0-1 and 2-1 2OT Notre Dame). Georgetown is 2-1-1 in neutral site games this year and 6-1-2 away from home in 2012. The Hoyas are 0-3 on in-game penalty kicks this season. Head coach Brian Wiese is in his seventh season at Georgetown. He is assisted by Zach Samol and Brian Gill.
SERIES HISTORY This is just the second meeting between the two programs. The only matchup came in 2003, a 2-2 tie at a nonconference tournament in Storrs, Conn.
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INDIANA vs. BIG EAST Indiana is 77-18-11 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, 27-7-3 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. Indiana went 1-1 against Notre Dame this season (0-1; 2-1), tied Louisvills (2-2) and defeated Cincinnati 3-0.
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FEMI LOVES HOOVER Freshman midfielder Femi Hollinger-Janzen seems to shine when playing in Hoover, Ala. as he has two game-winning goals in two matches. Playing in last year's High School All-American soccer game, Hollinger-Janzen scored the game-winning goal with under seven minutes to play for a 3-2 win for the West. Against Creighton in the semifinal of the 2012 College Cup, it was Hollinger-Janzen who came up with the game-winning goal in the 27th minute for a 1-0 IU victory. Hollinger-Janzen has four goals and one assist for nine points this season.
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 (3.86), points (39), points per game (1.69), goals (18), goals per game (0.78) and game-winning goals (7).
THE SOFFNER WALL Senior goalkeeper Luis Soffner has had a solid senior campaign. In 23 matches Soffner has posted 11 shutouts and has streak of 377 and 216:25 scoreless minutes this season. Indiana has allowed 18 goals this season, fewest among Big Ten teams, with Soffner playing all 2156:08 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 first in the conference in shutouts (11). He is second in goals-against average (0.75) and leads the league in save percentage (.812).
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 82 of 83 matches played in goal. Konstanski is a fourth-year senior, having started 70 of 75 matches. He has made 45 consecutive starts for the Hoosiers.
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