IU soccer falls in Big Ten final

For the second time this season, Indiana lost by a 2-1 count to Maryland. The latest defeat for the No. 7 Hoosiers came on Sunday in the finals of the Big Ten Tournament, with the No. 13 Terrapins winning on a free kick with four minutes left following a dubious foul call on IU. Here’s the full game story from IU:

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The Hoosiers scratched back from a one-goal deficit but a controversial foul call with four minutes to play set up the game-winning goal for Maryland as the Terps topped the Hoosiers in the Big Ten Tournament title game by a 2-1 score Sunday afternoon at Ludwig Field in College Park, Maryland.

The Hoosiers now await their NCAA Tournament fate. The 48-team field will be announced on Monday at 1 p.m. ET. The selection show will be streamed live on NCAA.com.

Senior defender Patrick Doody and junior midfielder Andrew Oliver were named to the All-Tournament team.

Redshirt junior Kyle Sparks earned his first career start in place of Femi Hollinger-Janzen, who was unavailable for today’s match after suffering a blow to the head in the win over Ohio State on Friday.

It was back-and-forth with no shots from either side over the first 10 minutes of play with no shot attempts from either side. A long throw from Jamie Vollmer found Patrick Doody, and Grant Lillard got his head on the service for the first shot of the game.

In the 12th minute, Oliver dished off a cross into the box but Sparks over ran the ball, missing a shot opportunity. In the 16th minute Oliver had a header off a throw from Vollmer that was wide of the frame.

In the 20th minute Vollmer’s long throw gave the Terrapins trouble as he found a wide open Oliver, who sent a blast that required a quick reaction save from goalkeeper Zach Steffen.

In the 25th minute Doody had a shot that looked to be harmless but nearly snuck in the far post, going out for a Maryland goal kick. A yellow card on Maryland’s Mikey Ambrose in the 37th minute set up a free kick for Doody, but his service was cleared out. Vollmer got his head on the rebound, but his attempt was high and the offside flag had been raised.

Colin Webb’s first save of the day was an easy one as he picked a header from Tsubasa Endoh out of the air in the 39th minute.

Against the run of play, Maryland found the back of the net in the 42nd minute as the Hoosiers could not clear a scramble in front of the net. Christoffer Wallander-Ianev hit it past Webb and Doody for his first career goal.

Oliver led the way for Indiana with four shots, three on frame.

Indiana went into the half with a 5-4 advantage in shot attempts, as both teams had two shots on frame.

Oliver dribbled into the box and got off his third shot of the game but Steffen came up with the save in the 53rd minute. Oliver had another shot in the 55th minute saved by Steffen.

Another throw from Vollmer in the 57th minute, this one from the area of the IU bench, hit its mark in the box but Sparks’ header flick on was grabbed by Steffen who was right behind him.

Oliver’s pressure came through in the 64th minute, tying up the match at 1-all on a Maryland own goal. Oliver played the ball into the box and as he tried to maneuver around his defender, Maryland’s Dan Metzger sent his attempted clearance into the back of the net, catching a piece of Oliver’s boot along the way.

From that point on the Hoosiers pressed the Maryland goal with attack after attack, but Steffen was up to the task each time, with a save off a Jack Griffith header. Just after the goal a clear handball by Maryland just inside the box was not called, with Richard Ballard being fouled in the process.

With just under 15 minutes left in regulation Webb came up with a big body save as he went to the turf as Jeroen Meefout took the shot.

With six minutes left in regulation a corner kick from Mael Corboz took a bounce in the box and the shot from Chris Odoi-Atsem was cleared off the line by Billy McConnell.

Maryland went back on top with 4:08 to play as the Hoosiers were called for a foul at the top of the box as Grant Lillard was stepped on running down field. Mael Corboz hit it over the wall from 23 yards out and just under the cross bar for the score.

5 comments

  1. Are there any investigators out there who can find irregularities in Maryland’s application to the B1G?

    They’ve been very, very hurtful to IU this year. Ouch.

  2. the worst penalty call i’ve seen in a long time. way to go ref. glad you got to decide the big 10 championship.

  3. Clearly a bad call.

    No. Make that an awful call. Very clearly not a foul.

    And such a shame that it determined the game — and the championship.

    The other terrible things about that are (a) that it could be corrected with instant replay and (b) that all of the players and coaches on both teams probably taped the game or have family members who did. So whether you were a winner or a loser, you are always going to be able to go back and re-live that “joyous” or “joyless” moment — and it is as clear as day that the ref blew the call and the result is unfair.

    When are the refs going to get instant replay in soccer? I’ve seen enough errors in the Big Ten tournament to make obvious the need.

    I hope that refs are graded out for their calls and that the ref who did that suffers the consequences.

    By the way, does anybody know how to copy a Big Ten telecast onto a DVD? I wanted to get this off my DVR and make a copy (purely for personal use), but it shows a copy protection notice.

  4. Yes it was a bad call against IU v MD. It was also a bad no-call on the IU hand-ball in the penalty area v OSU. Soccer calls are like that. But the MD player hit a killer free kick to win the game. It was awesome! Sort of like Dooley’s against OSU!

  5. Indiana played well enough to win and deserve the win. We have a really good reason for being proud of the Hoosier soccer team. This performance was completely within the tradition of outstanding and dominant soccer within the B1G and the NCAA. Todd Yeagley has fulfilled the expectations when he was selected as head coach and has added to the tradition of great coaching and good, solid soccer at Indiana. We are proud of him and his Hoosiers and look forward to great soccer for IU in the NCAA. Thanks Todd, thanks Hoosiers (and thanks Mr and Mrs Yeagley I)

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