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Aarno Retherford


Season not a total loss for IU

Entering this season, IU (15-3-3) had high hopes of returning to the National Championship and winning the game they lost last year. But these hopes were dashed when they played University of Connecticut in the third round of the NCAA tournament.

Hoosiers disappointed with seed for tournament

Where's the BCS when you need it? The IU men's soccer team has spent the majority of the season ranked in the top five in the nation. The Hoosiers' reputation precedes them having advanced to the College Cup 15 times in the team's 29-year existence. But some players said these records meant little to the NCAA selection committee. "We may have gotten the shaft a little bit," senior Ryan Mack said. "I think it's good for us to get a shot in the face, so we realize where we are right now, and what we need to do to get ready."

Penn State returns favor for regular season loss

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Every time IU travels to Happy Valley to take on Penn State, it is guaranteed to be a grudge match that goes down to the wire. Although Penn State needed penalty kicks to get revenge for a 1-0 double overtime loss during the regular season, the Nittany Lions arguably won Friday's 2-1 game in the second half. Not only were they inches from scoring the game-winning goal with about 30 seconds left in the game when a foot foul on the throw-in negated the goal, but Penn State (13-7-0) entered the second half with a renewed vigor that IU (14-2-3) could not combat.

Defense steps up to fill voids

With senior midfielder Ryan Mack returning from ACL surgery to reclaim his spot as IU's number two scorer and adding strength to an already potent offense, one question plagued the coaching staff entering the season. How would the Hoosiers fill the holes left behind by starting backs Ryan Hammer and Josh Rife and goalkeeper Colin Rogers? The three were pivotal members of the nation's top defense. IU led the country in goals against average and shutout percentage last season.

IU claims regular season Big Ten title

The last time IU played at Ohio State, the Buckeyes prematurely ended the Hoosiers' pursuit of a Big Ten Tournament Championship. This time, IU erased the bitter taste of defeat, and earned the number one seed in this year's conference tournament with a 4-2 victory.

IU has chance to clinch top seed

IU has a chance to clinch the No. 1 seed of the Big Ten Tournament outright with a win or tie Sunday. But it won't be easy against a hungry Ohio State team that is coming off a 1-0 heartbreaking loss to Penn State and a 3-0 drubbing of Oakland. The Hoosiers (11-1-2, 5-0-0 in Big Ten) are riding a ten-game winning streak, but the Buckeyes (9-4-0, 2-1-0 in Big Ten) are going to try to get back on track after Penn State ended their six-game winning streak.

Hoosiers face rivals

IU will face Wildcats for the second game in a row, but this match up should prove to be much tougher. The Hoosiers are coming off of 5-1 and 1-0 wins against Wisconsin and the Northwestern Wildcats respectively this past weekend. IU (10-1-2) travels to Lexington to take on rival Kentucky (7-4-0) at 6:30 p.m. tonight. The two teams battled to a 1-1 tie in the preseason, and the Hoosiers look to come away with a victory to increase their winning streak to 10 games. The Hoosiers have dominated the Wildcats traditionally, only losing one of the 15 meetings between the two teams. But, a much-improved Kentucky team has given IU fits recently. IU needed two overtimes to beat Kentucky last year, and without sophomore Danny O'Rourke at the hub of the team, the Hoosiers will have a tough challenge on their hands. O'Rourke sustained a broken bone in his face during warm-ups before the Northwestern game.

Hoosiers hopeful of earning No. 1 seed in Big Ten tournament heading into last conference game

The IU men's soccer team capped a three-game homestand Sunday with a pair of wins against Big Ten rivals Wisconsin and Northwestern. The wins increased the Hoosiers' Big Ten regular season win streak to 35 games heading into its final conference game against Ohio State (8-3-0, 2-0-0 in Big Ten), and could possibly decide the number one seed in the Big Ten Tournament. Ohio State must travel to Michigan and Northwestern to finish out its conference schedule after facing IU. The Hoosiers have outscored conference foes 15-3, and sophomore goalkeeper Jay Nolly has notched two of his seven shutouts against Big Ten opponents. IU (10-1-2, 5-0-0 in Big Ten) entered this weekend's games in very good position to take the conference crown riding sophomore Ned Grabavoy's hot streak and the defense's stifling play, but IU's season took a sudden turn for the worse before the Northwestern game. Sophomore Danny O'Rourke collided with a teammate during pregame warm-ups, fracturing his jaw in two places, leaving a huge void in the backfield. "He's been so crucial to the whole team," coach Jerry Yeagley. "He provides energy to everyone. We'll be a completely different team without Danny."

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