Maryland at IU soccer

FINAL
Indiana with a strong charge late, including a couple chances in the box to equalize, but couldn’t find the touch. Then in the final few minutes, IU couldn’t find the ball, as Maryland expertly killed the clock. Second loss overall and in the Big Ten for the Hoosiers in what is now a very muddled conference race following Penn State’s loss to Michigan State last night. TERPS 2, HOOSIERS 1

SECOND HALF
73′: Indiana finally finds the connection necessary in the final third to make this a game. Tanner Thompson swung the ball wide for Jack Griffith, whose one-time, right-footed cross found the head of Femi Hollinger-Janzen. Femi placed it perfectly in the top left corner to cut the deficit in half. TERPS 2, HOOSIERS 1

51′: Indiana defends Maryland’s seventh corner well enough, but after the clearance, Terps regained possession near midfield. The service down the middle saw Colin Webb come out, but the ball found the head of Alex Crognale first, slipping past Webb into the net. TERPS 2, HOOSIERS 0

HALFTIME
A frustrating first 45 minutes for Indiana, which found the quickness of Maryland to be problematic. The Hoosiers had a few stretches of sustained offense and some dangerous moments, but spent a lot of time defending, including five corner kick attempts by the Terps. The shot total is 6-5 in IU’s favor with each team recording just one save. Suffice to say, Maryland has looked like a preseason No. 2 team more than Indiana has looked like a current No. 5 team. TERPS 1, HOOSIERS 0

FIRST HALF
20′: Maryland had Indiana on its heels for the longest time, then the Hoosiers answered with some pressure of its own. But it’s a turnover at midfield that breaks the IU defense. Alex Shinsky breaks free down the left side, beats Creviston one-on-one for a left-footed shot that finds the net at the back post. TERPS 1, HOOSIERS 0

PREGAME
A game everyone has been looking forward to since Maryland’s move to the Big Ten was announced happens today at Armstrong Stadium as No. 5 Indiana (8-1-3, 2-1-1) hosts unranked Maryland (6-5-2, 2-2-1). The Terps were the preseason No. 2 team in the country, but the season hasn’t gone according to plan. They are riding a three-game win streak, but have yet to win away from home this season. As for common opponents, Maryland lost to Louisville 1-0, lost to Georgetown 1-0 and beat Penn State 4-0. Indiana beat Louisville 3-0, tied Georgetown 1-1 and lost to Penn State 1-0. Updates to come here and more often via Twitter.

2 comments

  1. *Attention Harvard for Hillbillies*

    Just wanted to let you k ow we enjoyed Strongbows very much. We all had the turkey sandwich and absolutly loved it. My family was treated very very well. The bakery was amazing as well. Bought some goodies for on the road as well. Thanks again. We will eat here again when we pass near Valpo again. Thank you.

  2. Ben-

    You’re welcome…I’m glad that it sounds like you had a really nice time….

    Restaurants are wonderful places to stash old memories….When I have time to do a trip to Strongbow, the emotions are hard to keep in check….The eyes usually well up and I have to gather myself so to not embarrass my wife and daughter….Back in the days of growing up and living in Chesterton, we used to have tons of big family get-togethers in Strongbow ….So many years ago….Where, oh where, do they go? They were special occasions….Tables shoved together and parents smiling ear-to-ear to see all their kids, in-laws, and grandkids.. Now the parents are both resting side-by-side at a spot they chose to forever never part in Chesterton Cemetery….A new linen tablecloth goes down.at Strongbow….I catch a glimpse of a big party come into the dining hall and I go down memory lane…The shoving of tables together as we once did….The strategically picking of just the right chair……I see all the faces again…The parents young again…The beautiful sisters so vibrant ..The same sisters that I now rarely see……My nieces and nephews barely in elementary school….laughing and giggling and showing off ….My dad just taking it all in…Now those nieces and nephews have their own kids and they don’t even know the have the Great Uncle Harvard wasting his time typing into space….My mom belting our her loud voice….What I’d give to talk some sports with her again…Her one-of-a-kind laugh attached to the hymn of her extra sharp wit….Her eyes melting into the grandkids…..My Mom and Dad both always in heaven when the family could gather together at Strongbow….Can we laugh in heaven? Can we be together again as when…? We can push some tables back together and never let the years turn love into indifference? Can we have what we never realized so precious back again? Where does it all march off to?

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