(IU SOCCER RELEASE)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The No. 2-ranked Indiana University men’s soccer team will open the 2019 season on Friday, Aug. 30 against Pittsburgh in the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic at Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
The Hoosiers and Panthers are scheduled for an 8:00 p.m. ET kickoff. At 5:00 p.m. ET, Northwestern and UCLA will play in the first match of the weekend. Both matches on Friday will be streamed live on BTN+, with live stats available at IUHoosiers.com.
SETTING THE SCENE
- Indiana is undefeated in the team’s last 26 matches at Armstrong Stadium, posting a mark of 24-0-2.
- Last season, the Hoosiers won both the Big Ten regular season championship (15th time) and Big Ten Tournament championship (13th time) in the same season for the first time since 2006.
- Also, IU advanced to the College Cup for the second-straight year and for a NCAA-record 20th time in program history.
- Indiana earned the No. 2 overall for the 2018 NCAA Tournament, marking the 14th time in the
last 16 years since the current seeding format began in 2003 that IU earned a top-16 seed.
- The berth for the Hoosiers was the team’s 32nd-straight bid to the NCAA Tournament and the
43rd overall in the program’s history.
NEWS AND NOTES
- The preseason honors have piled up for Indiana sophomore Jack Maher prior to the 2019 season. Maher was the only sophomore named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List and also earned preseason All-America honors from both Top Drawer Soccer (Second Team) and College Soccer News (Third Team).
- Freshman Joshua Penn was named to the preseason Freshman Best XI by Top Drawer Soccer. Indiana’s 2019 recruiting class was ranked No. 2 in the nation by Top Drawer Soccer.
- Maher, along with Spencer Glass and Simon Waever, were named to the Big Ten Preseason Honors List.
- In the Big Ten preseason poll conducted by the league’s coaches, Indiana was picked No. 1. Maryland was tabbed second, while Michigan was picked to finish third in the conference.
SCOUTING THE PANTHERS
- Last season, Pittsburgh posted a record of 8-10-1 on the season and notched the program’s first victory in the ACC Tournament, a 2-0 win at No. 7 Virginia. The Panthers were then edged at No. 8 Duke, 0-0, in penalty kicks.
- Pitt also notched impressive victories over No. 12 NC State, Clemson and Columbia in 2018.
- In a preseason poll conducted by the ACC coaches, Pittsburgh was picked to finish sixth in the stacked Coastal Division.
- Forward Edward Kizza, who scored a team-best 15 goals last season, was named to the ACC Preseason Watch List.
- Friday’s meeting will be the first between the two programs.
HOOSIERS TABBED BIG TEN FAVORITES
- The Hoosiers were tabbed as the Big Ten preseason favorites in a poll conducted of the league’s coaches for the second-straight year.
- Along with being named the preseason favorite, IU’s Spencer Glass, Simon Waever and Jack Maher were named to the Big Ten Preseason Honors List.
IU OPENS SEASON RANKED NO. 2
- After reaching the College Cup for the second-straight season, Indiana opened the season ranked No. 2 in the United Soccer Coaches poll.
- IU was also ranked No. 5 by Top Drawer Soccer and No. 9 by College Soccer News.
MAHER NAMED TO MAC HERMANN TROPHY WATCH LIST
- Sophomore D Jack Maher was named to the prestigious MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List prior to the season.
- Maher was the only sophomore named to the 36-player watch list.
- In the storied history of Indiana men’s soccer, an IU player has been named the national player of the year 12 times, including IU head coach Todd Yeagley.
- Last year, Andrew Gutman won the award, while Grant Lillard was a runner-up in 2017. Tanner Thompson was a semifinalist for the Hoosiers in 2016.
INDIANA UNDEFEATED IN LAST 26 HOME MATCHES
- The Hoosiers are undefeated in the team’s last 26 matches at Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium, posting a mark of 24-0-2.
- IU’s last loss at home came to No. 20 Virginia Tech, 2-1 in overtime, on Nov. 27, 2017 in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
MAHER, PENN EARN PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA HONORS
- IU sophomore Jack Maher earned preseason All-America honors from both Top Drawer Soccer (Second Team) and College Soccer News (Third Team).
- Freshman Joshua Penn was named to Top Drawer Soccer’s preseason Freshman Best XI list.
IU’S 2019 RECRUITING CLASS RANKED NO. 2 IN NATION
- Indiana’s 14-member recruiting class for 2019 was ranked No. 2 in the nation by Top Drawer Soccer.
- The class features 12 true freshmen, as well as transfers Simon Waever and Joris Ahlinvi.
- The Hoosiers will face one of the toughest schedules in the nation, featuring contests against seven NCAA Tournament teams from last season and six teams who finished in the top-25 of the final United Soccer Coaches poll.
- IU will play 10 opponents who ended the 2018 campaign ranked in the top-50 of the RPI, including five who ended the season in the top-20.
- Indiana will face six opponents this season who were ranked in the preseason United Soccer Coaches poll – No. 1 Maryland, No. 7 Michigan State, No. 8 Kentucky, No. 9 Notre Dame, No. 18 Denver and No. 24 Michigan.
YEAGLEY ADDS LOMELI, PIETERSEN TO STAFF
- Head coach Todd Yeagley announced the additions of both Christian Lomeli and Phalo Pietersen to the Hoosier staff in August.
- Lomeli will serve as an assistant coach in charge of goalkeepers, while Pietersen will be the first director of operations in program history.
MAHER CALLED UP TO USMNT U-23 CAMP
- In March, Indiana sophomore Jack Maher was invited to the U-23 Men’s National Soccer Team training camp in Spain.
- Maher was the only collegiate player that earned an invite to the camp, joining 22 professional players.
HOOSIERS TAKE INTERNATIONAL TRIP TO MEXICO CITY
- In March, the Indiana men’s soccer team traveled to Mexico City to play in a pair of matches, as well as participate in many cultural experiences.
- On the pitch, the Hoosiers earned a win over the Cruz Azul U-20 team and also defeated the UNAM University team in the legendary Estadio Olimpico, host of the 1986 World Cup.
- Along with the two matches the team played, IU watched a match at Azteca Stadium, toured Mexico City and got an exclusive tour of the ancient pyramids of Teotihuacan.
IU REACHES COLLEGE CUP FOR SECOND-STRAIGHT YEAR
- For the second-straight season, Indiana reached the College Cup.
- IU has reached a NCAA-record 20 College Cups.
- Indiana has reached the College Cup three time under head coach Todd Yeagley – 2012, 2017, 2018 – winning the program’s eighth NCAA title in 2012.
BIG TEN CHAMPIONS
- For the first time since 2006, Indiana won both the Big Ten regular season and the Big Ten Tournament titles in the same season in 2018.
• Indiana’s regular season title was the 15th in program history, while the tournament championship was the 13th in school history.