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PODCAST: Todd Yeagley (Indiana)

Indiana head coach Todd Yeagley joins Adam Zundell on the College Soccer News Podcast to talk about his Hoosiers this weekend at the College Cup.

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Todd Yeagley joins this special College Cup edition of the show to talk about the Hoosiers this weekend at the College Cup. He talks about why he feels like his team is playing its best soccer right now and he's using (and not using) last year's experience in terms of preparation and motivation. He also talks about facing Maryland for a third time this season and what he expects from that matchup. 

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 2018 Season
Kevin Kalish (Saint Louis)
Brian Rowland (Temple)
Bob Warming (Omaha)
Jim McElderry (Fordham)
Chaka Daley (Michigan)
* Todd Yeagley (Indiana)

 

 

 

 

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2018 College Cup - The Final Four - The Tale of The Tape - A Comparison of the Participants

Four teams remain standing. Michigan State, Maryland and Indiana have played their way into the 2018 College Cup in Santa Barbara, California. Three of the Final Four teams are from the Big Ten Conference while Akron is out of the MAC. The 2018 season began with 206 Division I teams in the hunt for a trip to Santa Barbara and a chance to play for the National Chapionship.   

The Final Four Akron Michigan State Maryland Indiana 
The Participants

Record

14-6-2 14-4-4 11-6-4 20-2-1
Conference MAC  Big Ten Big Ten Big Ten
Conference Record 1-2-1 4-2-2 4-4-0 8-0-0
Regular Season Finish in Conference Play Fourth Third (Tie) Fifth First
Record Away From Home 8-3-1 7-1-1 6-3-1 7-2-0

Coach

Years At Helm

Jared Embick

6th Season

Damon Rensing

10th Season

 

Sasho Cirovski

26th Season 

 

Todd Yeagley

9th Season

NCAA Seed None None Eleven Two

CSN Poll End of Regular Season Rank  

RV 22 21 3
Average Shots Per Game 13.9 12.2 12.7 15
Shot On Goal Percentage .397 .437 .442 .410
Total Goals Scored 44 35 27 47
Average Goals Scored Per Game 2.00 1.59 1.29 2.04
Total Goals Allowed 25 17 16 11
Average Goals Allowed Per Game 1.14 0.77 0.76 0.48
Most Goals Scored In A Single Game 10 5 5 5
Most Goals Allowed In A Single Game  3 2 2 3
Corner Kicks (Total) 152 151 100 162
Corner Kicks Allowed (Total) 84 104 105 74
Total Number Of Shutouts 8 9 11 15
Unbeaten Streak  8 4 5 12
Last Loss

NIU

(1-2)

 

Maryland

(0-1)

 

Michigan

(0-2)

Kentucky

(0-3)

RPI 14 33 12 2
Strength

Offensive

Firepower

Defense

Resilence

Defense

Energy

Balance

Consistency

How They Beat You

Pressure

Work Rate

 

Unity

Patience

 

 

Possession

Create Turnovers

 

Composure

Restarts

Top Scorer

David Egbo

(12g, 5a)

Ryan Sierakowski

(8g, 5a)

Amar Sejdic

(7g, 1a)

Andrew Gutman

(11g, 9a)

Number Players With Four Or More Goals 5 2 3 7
Key Distributor 

Skye Harter

(1g, 6a)

Giuseppe Barone

(3g, 10a)

Paul Bin

(4g, 3a)

Trevor Swartz

(1g, 16a)

Key Defender Abdi Mohamed Patrick Nielsen Donovan Pines Andrew Gutman
Goalkeeper

Ben Lundt

Senior

1.12 GAA

Jimmy Hague

RS Senior

0.66 GAA

Dayne St. Clair 

RS Junior

0.75 GAA

Trey Muse

Sophomore

0.48 GAA

Don't Underestimate 

Daniel Strachan 

Defender

(0g, 1a)

 

Hunter Barone

Forward

(3g, 3a)

 

Andrew Samuels

Midfielder

(0g, 1a)

 

Austin Panchot

Midfielder

(5g, 4a

 

Freshman To Watch

Carlo Ritaccio

Center Back

Jack Beck

Midfielder

William James Herve

Midfielder

Jack Maher

Defender

Where They Have The Edge Up-Top  Backline Midfield Backline

Wild Card

(X-Factor)

Ezana Kahsay

Forward 

(4g, 5a) 

 

Connor Corrigan

Defender 

(0g, 1a)

 

Sebastian Elney

(4g, 2a)

Justin Rennicks

(6g, 0a)

A Key

Element

Marcel Zajac

(10g, 8a)

DeJuan Jones

(5g, 5a)

William James Herve

(3g, 3a)

Griffin Dorsey

(5g, 5a)

Yellow/Red Cards 31/0 21/1 24/1 14/0
Last Trip To College Cup 2017 1968 2013 2017
The Road Traveled

Rider 3-0

Syracuse 3-1

Wake Forest 1-0

Stanford 3-2

UIC 2-0

Louisville

2-1 (OT)

Georgetown

1-0

JMU 2-1

 

NC State 2-0

Duke 2-0

Kentucky 1-0

Connecticut

4-0

Air Force

2-0

Notre Dame

1-0

Game #1 - Friday December 7 at 8 p.m. EST - Akron vs. Michigan State

Game #2 - Friday December 7 at 10:30 p.m EST - Maryland vs. Indiana

Championship Game - Sunday December 9 at 8 p.m EST - Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2

All three games will be televised on ESPNU 

JJ Williams and the Kentucky Wildcats by Dela Agbotse

The key to Kentucky’s success in the NCAA this year?  If you had one guess, you’d probably guess JJ Williams and you’d be right. The junior forward and his teammates will be making Kentucky's first ever appearance in the Elite Eight when they host number eleven seed Maryland at the Wendell and Vickie Bell Soccer Complex on Friday with a berth in the College Cup (Final Four) on the line.           

JJ is part of a team that has a chance to dethrone Stanford as the best men’s college soccer team but first they have to get past the Terps.  Under the tutelage of Johan Cedergren the Wildcats are playing their best soccer to date and the poster boy for their exciting brand of soccer is the recently named Hermann Trophy semifinalist JJ Williams.

While Williams has been a difference maker and impact player this year for the Wildcats, Kentucky is by no means a one man show.  The team oriented Williams would be the first to point that out. Coach Cedergren is aided by the emergence of players in key positions like sophomore goalkeeper Enrique Facusse who anchors a defense that has the second best goals against average in the country, as well as midfielders Kalil Elmedkhar, Nicolai Fremstad, and Sam Stockton and freshman attacker Jason Reyes who support Williams in an organized yet attacked minded set up.

Williams is the third leading goal scorer in the country with eighteen and is important off the field as well.  He is always giving advice and seems to be putting the team on this shoulders in that regard.  For all of JJ’s gifts - he scored twice and assisted another in a 3-0 thumping of highly ranked Indiana earlier in the season and scored two important goals against Portland in the second round on the NCAA tournament - the Wildcats have not been entirely dependent on the star forward. A variety of players have a hand in the teams forty-nine goal output thus far this season.  

Williams is among the survivors from last seasons disappointing 1-0 loss to Marshall in the first round of the Conference USA Tournament.  Williams and teammates like senior captain Tanner Hummel among others have unfinished business in the NCAA tournament.

Everything has come together this year for Williams and the Wildcats who are 19-1-1 and have won ten straight. Regardless, their encounter with Maryland Friday at The Bell looms as their biggest test thus far in the tournament and the most important contest to date in the history of the program.

In order for Maryland to stand a chance of leaving Lexington with a win, they will have to find a way to contain the unique and talented Williams.  Something all the teams Kentucky has faced this season have been unable to do.



Dela Agbotse is a contributing writer for College Soccer News.  He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.