INDIANA: Soccer Heads to B1G Tournament
November 6, 2012Richmond High School
IU SPORTS INFORMATION
• Indiana finished tied for third with Michigan in the Big Ten with a 3-2-1 record but earns the No. 4 seed as the Wolverines hold the tiebreaker over IU.
• Penn State and Northwestern tied for the B1G regular season title at 3-1-2. IU was 1-0-1 against the co-champions.
• This is the second-straight Big Ten Tournament that IU and MSU have met up in the quarterfinal round. IU was a 2-1 winner in 2011.
• The Hoosiers enter the postseason 2-2-2 in their last six matches.
• Indiana has never lost in the quarterfinal round of the Big Ten Tournament, going 7-0.
• Indiana is 27-7-5 all time in the Big Ten tournament and is one of just two teams with a winning record in tournament play (Penn State).
• The Hoosiers own 11 Big Ten Tournament titles. Next on the list is Penn State and Ohio State with three each.
NEWS AND NOTES
• With a Big Ten title on the line, the Hoosiers and Northwestern played to a 1-1 tie in the season finale on Nov. 1.
• Sophomore Eriq Zavaleta gave Indiana a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute with his 16th goal of the season.
• Defender Patrick Doody tallied his second assist of the year, serving the ball into the box for Zavaleta.
• Northwestern got the game-tying score in the 52nd minute from Joey Calistri.
• The Hoosiers out-shot the WIldcats 20-7, including 5-1 in the two overtime periods. IU did not allow a first-half shot from NU.
• Zavaleta led the way with eight shots, five of which were on frame.
• Indiana used just one sub in the game, with freshman Femi Hollinger-Janzen coming in off the bench.
• IU was without the services of defensive midfielder Jacob Bushue who missed the match due to injury.
• Soffner has allowed 14 goals in 1695:02 minutes of play for a 0.74 GAA.
• He has nine shutouts in 18 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 246 career saves (64 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 41st-consecutive start for IU.
• The Hoosiers have out-scored opponents 19-8 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 31 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 1-2 against teams in the NSCAA top-25.
• 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 18 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).
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
• Michigan State missed out on its chance at the Big Ten title, falling 1-0 to in-state rival Michigan in the season finale on Nov. 3. That put the Spartans at 8-9-1 overall and 3-3 in Big Ten play.
• The Spartans are led by Adam Montague who has four goals and four assists on the season.
• Jay Chapman was the start of the game in the first meeting with IU on Oct. 28, scoring all three of his goals this season in the 3-1 victory.
• Zach Bennett has taken over the reigns in goal, starting eight matches and going 5-3 with a 0.75 GAA. He has three shutouts and 26 saves in 720 minutes of action.
• Michigan State has scored 19 goals, while also allowing 19 scores.
• Head coach Damon Rensing is in his fourth season as head coach. He is assisted by Kylie Stannard, Ben Pirmann and Jeremy Clark.
• Indiana leads the series 36-5-3, but four of the five losses have come in the last five seasons, as IU lost both meetings in 2008, one meeting in 2009 and this year's matchup.
• Last season IU was 1-0-1 against the Spartans with a 2-2 tie during the regular season and a 2-1 win in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament.
• Indiana has posted shutouts in 28 of the 44 meetings, with the last coming in 2010, a 3-0 win for the Hoosiers in East Lansing.
• As players for the Hoosiers, head coach Todd Yeagley and assistant coach Brian Maisonneuve were 4-0 against the Spartans, out-scoring MSU 11-0 in those four meetings.
LAST TIME THESE TEAMS MET...
• The Michigan State Spartans staked themselves to a 3-0 lead and the Hoosiers did not have an answer, falling 3-1 to the Spartans Oct. 28 at DeMartin Stadium in East Lansing, Mich.
• Indiana made a nuisance of itself in front of the MSU goal early in the first half, with five corner kicks in the first 12 minutes of play. Caleb Konstanski and Nikita Kotlov both had close-range shots that were deflected over the goal line.
• Matt McKain was credited with a team save in the 14th minute off a header from Ryan Keener, while goalkeeper Luis Soffner kept MSU off the board, parrying a shot from Cody Henderson over the bar in the 21st minute.
• Michigan State took a 1-0 lead in the 43rd minute with a goal from Jay Chapman. The play began when Kerel Bradford's clearance in the box when right to Sean Conerty. He passed it back to Ryan Thelen, who found a wide open Chapman 22 yards out.
• Less than five minutes into the second half the Hoosiers had a golden opportunity in the Michigan State box when Eriq Zavaleta served a ball in that was headed down by Kotlov. The ball landed at the feet of McKain, but he skied his shot over the goal.
• Two minutes later Zavaleta had a shot at a tight angle on the goal line, but MSU goalkeeper Zach Bennett smothered the shot. Michigan State immediately had a counter, and the Hoosiers were caught off guard with Chapman getting an easy one-on-one shot that he slipped past Soffner for the 2-0 Spartan lead.
• Chapman got the hat trick with his third goal of the day in the 76th minute. Again finding himself in a one-on-one situation with Soffner, Chapman slid it by the senior goalkeeper.
• Less than, two minutes later, Indiana got one back when Eriq Zavaleta tallied his 15th goal of the year, but it was too little, too late for the Hoosiers.
• Michigan State finished with a 12-11 advantage in shot attempts, with Indiana taking nine corner kicks to the Spartans' seven.
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 11 Big Ten Players of the Year, including three of the last five seasons. Will Bruin won the award in 2010.
• The Hoosiers have also boasted the Freshman of the Year three of the last five years. Eriq Zavaleta won the award in 2011.
SHOULD THE HOOSIERS WIN...
• A win over Michigan State in the quarterfinals would pit Indiana against top seed Penn State on Friday, Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. ET.
• That semifinal match will be shown live on the Big Ten Network.
• Indiana was a 1-0 winner over Penn State this season with Harrison Petts netting the game-winning goal in the second OT.
• Indiana leads the all-times series with Penn State, 29-11-3.
• Indiana is 6-2 in the last eight meetings and 4-1 in the last five matchups.
• The last meeting between the schools in the Big Ten Tournament came in 2010, a 2-1 win for the Nittany Lions in the semifinals.
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