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2011 Indiana Men's Soccer Roster walkthrough

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Of course, this is just my extrapolation upon the official roster at IU's website. Midfielders, Defenders, Goalkeepers, and the Bench players are all to be found under the jump.


#8 Nikita Kotlov, 5-9, 160: I would expect Kotlov to be the next scoring star- probably can't replace Will Bruin as a target & hold striker, but should be as deadly on counterattacks or from run of play. Don't be surprised if as a sophomore his scoring numbers double or even triple.
#9 Alec Purdie, 5-10, 145: Senior scrapper with wheels and touch, but shot accuracy has left a bit to be desired - case in point, had a PK blocked against Duke. Classic example of Jerry Yeagley's "piano-handler" forward a la Scott Merritt, but has a bit of a short fuse for the role. Looks like he's getting slotted on the wing now. No way he's a mere 145 pounds, tho.
#12 Joe Tolen, 5-9, 160: Not particularly big or fast, but has nice finishing strikes from 20 yards and in. A hard worker who can make the defense pay. He or Purdie may come off the bench, but overall I think they'll both get starting minutes. Should see a solid increase in scoring as well.
#2 Eriq Zavaleta, 6-1, 185 : Another All-American freshman who seems to have the skills to start, but struggled a bit to create shots as the sole striker in the exhibition games and against Notre Dame. He was primarily considered a defender out of high school, though, so who knows where he finally ends up?


#7 Harrison Petts, 5-11, 160: Petts was a frosh dyanmo on the wing, but I think he probably moves into a more central role this season. Should be the best overall player on the Hoosiers for the next three years.
#17 Jacob Bushue, 5-11, 155: The surprise of last season's freshmen class. Bushue is a ferocious defender, but a lousy passer. Should be a season-long starter at defensive midfield, but his development at ball control and passing might key the Hoosiers' success or failure in 2011.
#10 AJ Corrado, 5-10, 149: Transfer for SMU, who played with the Hoosiers during the spring season. Likely be a starter from day one, but has a surprisingly slender build.
#5 Jack Coleman, 5-10, 165: Coleman was one of the only two freshmen that I was certain of having a starting position throughout the season - I just don't know where, but central or offensive midfield seems a good bet. Sweeper may be a possibility, too.


#6 Chris Estridge, 5-11, 160: This senior can play multiple positions and play them well, but probably takes over Daniel Kelly & Kevin Alston's old role as defender/flanking wing threat. Had the lowest Shot On Goal percentage of any non-back last season before finally being shifted to the defense.
#20 Tommy Meyer, 6-2, 175: Throughout his career as a four-year starter, Meyer's been not exactly revelatory, but overall a solid defender. Somewhat surprisingly, was second-team All-Big Ten last season. While I would've taken him over Rich Balchan, I'm slightly surprised the voters did.
#22 Caleb Konstanski, 6-0, 180: In the games I saw last season, CK was pretty close to being a lock-down defender as a sophomore and really quite unlucky not to score several goals with his head. Look for him to finish better this season.
#15 Jamie Vollmer, 5-7, 145: Transfer from a good program who was in the playing rotation for the Butler Bulldogs. I was surprised that he got major minutes in the exhibition games, but I saw his name involved with a lot of the goal-scoring opportunities.


#1 Luis Soffner, 6-4, 210: Has the build and athleticism to be a star, but as he doesn't possess shot-blocker's instincts, so he has to break plays up before they develop. If he remains inconsistent, his job is in serious jeopardy.

Bench rotation:

#24 Matt McKain (D) 5-10, 150: A sub last season, but looked able to hold his own. Among the former bench-riders of sophomore class, I thought him the most likely to secure a regular starting spot on the backline.
#13 Tim Wylie (F), 6-2, 180: Had a nice game-winning strike against Notre Dame in the spring, so maybe his game is coming together at the right time? Hasn't registered much early this season, though.
#14 Blake Wise (F), 5-8, 158: Was a high-octane scoring machine as a prep player, but didn't show much in limited time as a freshman. Was a bit of a surprise starter in the exhibition games.
#16 Tyler McCarroll (M), 6-1, 183: Looked pretty fast for a big guy in limited action last season, and certainly could develop into a solid starter. I think I still see him coming off the bench. (Also, like Wise & Corrado, he has an oddly specific weight listed)
# 11 Aris Zafeiratos (M), 5-5, 130: A Juco second team All-American, look for Zafeiratos to get quality minutes even if he doesn't have a starting spot. Might be experienced enough to hold down the central midfield if Petts or Coleman isn't suited for the role.
#23 Kerel Bradford (M), 5-8, 160: Redshift freshman who may be creative enough to get starting minutes on the wing. I suspect with Corrado & Zafeiratos on board, Yeagley eases Bradford into the rotation experimentally, unless Bradford's clearly superior to the other options.
#0 Nate Mitchell (GK) 6-3, 190: Good shot-blocker, but just not consistent enough to be a starter. Still, if any game went to PKs, I'd take Mitchell over Soffner.
# 32 Michael Soderlund (GK), 6-2, 180: The most intriguing and aggressive option of the Goalkeepers in the exhibition games. As a true freshman, he may not be pressed into gameplay unless Mitchell & Soffner are really not up to the task. Still, quite possibly the future for the Hoosiers between the pipes.

No expectations (any contributions are just gravy):

#18 Nick Blevins (M), 5-10, 175: A high school phenom whose playing time decreased last season. Was an academic star, so maybe he's just a Ben Lonergan type - a talented practice player, but doesn't have a niche on this team and doesn't get PT as a result.
#19 Patrick Doody (M), 6-0, 160: An intriguing tall midfield talent who may be similar to Eric Alexander or Chris Klein - but that profile also suggests a year or two of a learning curve for this frosh.
#3 Lance Davis (D/M), 5-11, 170: Of the freshmen, I thought Davis might've been the second or third most likely to get a starting nod, which I would suspect is only in the event that Bushue doesn't improve. Davis didn't play in the exhibitions, so he may be looking at a redshirt season.
#4 Chris Haffner (D) 6-0, 180: Didn't seem terrible off the pine, but got victimized once or twice in limited action. Likely to remain a sub.
#30 Dylan Lax, 6-0, 165 (M) Redshirt freshman
#21 Kyle Sparks, 5-8, 155 (F) Freshman
#33 Sean Weidman, 6-0 (GK) Freshman