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November 3, 2022
Indiana Men’s Soccer
Hoosiers Host Penn State for Big Ten Tournament Rematch
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — In each of the last two seasons, this matchup has decided the Big Ten Tournament.
On Friday (Nov. 3), No. 4-seeded Indiana men’s soccer (8-3-6, 3-1-4 B1G) will begin its Big Ten Tournament run when it hosts Penn State (6-5-4, 3-2-3 B1G) in the opening quarterfinal round.
Like regular season home matches, IU students who show their Crimson Card will receive free entry to the match. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth, ages 3-18.
The match will be streamed live on the Big Ten Plus digital platform with kickoff set for 7 p.m. ET.
SETTING THE SCENE
• Indiana will meet Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament for the third straight year, this time in the opening quarterfinal round. In each of the last two tournaments, this matchup has come in the championship game with the two teams splitting those meetings.
• IU and PSU met during the regular season on Oct. 14. Indiana earned a resounding win at Bill Armstrong Stadium, as Ryan Wittenbrink’s four-point performance led the Hoosiers to a 4-2 victory as well as the program’s 800th win all-time.
• The Hoosiers are 6-1-3 at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
• Indiana has won a Big Ten record 15 conference tournament championships, its last coming in the 2020-21 season as part of a three-year streak. The Hoosiers have reached the semifinal round in each of the last nine conference tournaments and have further advanced to the final in four straight seasons.
ABOUT THE NITTANY LIONS
• Penn State comes into the match with a 6-5-4 record and a 3-2-3 mark in Big Ten Conference play. Its last result was a 3-2 win at Michigan to close regular season play.
• The Nittany lions are led by fifth-year head coach Jeff Cook, who has compiled a 46-26-12 record at Penn State and a 225-164-61 career record over 25 seasons as a head coach.
• Senior forward Peter Mangione leads the Nittany Lions with eight goals and is closely followed by senior forward Liam Butts, who has seven. Senior midfielder Andrew Privett and graduate midfielder Seth Kuhn have each tallied a team-high four assists.
• Indiana has had the better of the matchup between two historic programs, leading the all-time series, 36-15-5.
• Including ties decided by penalty kicks, the Hoosiers have won eight of the last nine meetings.
• IU and PSU met earlier this season during conference play, and the Hoosiers earned a resounding 4-2 victory at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Ryan Wittenbrinktallied four points in the match, scoring a goal and adding two assists.
• 2021 featured two important contests between IU and PSU. In the first match, Indiana handed the Nittany Lions one of their two conference losses. Penn State would get revenge in the Big Ten Tournament final with a 3-0 victory to capture the championship double.
• The last two Big Ten Tournament Champions have been decided by this matchup. In the adjusted 2020-21 season, Indiana won its third straight Big Ten double after defeating the Nittany Lions in penalties. Coming into that match, IU had won five straight over PSU.