The night was Dayne St. Clair’s.
The Canadian goalkeeper came up huge for the Terps time and time again, making six spectacular saves on the night to keep Indiana’s offense out of the net.
St. Clair, a redshirt sophomore, surpassed his season total of four saves with six stellar saves on the night.
The No. 5 Maryland Terrapins tied the No. 4 Indiana Hoosiers 0-0 at Ludwig Field on Friday night. It was the third straight season Maryland tied Indiana to begin conference play.
Although St. Clair had one of the best games of his career, many Terps did not play as well.
“It was a disappointing effort by our team tonight,” head coach Sasho Cirovski said. “We were the second best team on the field tonight.”
It was Indiana who was on top for much of the match, outshooting Maryland 14 to 7. The corner kick disparity really stood out to show the dominance that Indiana had over large stretches of the game, as Indiana had 12 compared to Maryland’s three.
“I don’t remember a game where we didn’t have a shot on target,” Cirovski said. “I’m not sure I remember one in 25 years.”
Senior right back and captain George Campbell spoke of the whole team that was unhappy with their performance on Friday night.
“We’re definitely going to look at this as a loss,” he said.
St. Clair made two saves in each half that really kept the Terps in it.
The first big save came just ten minutes into the game, when a chip from Indiana freshman forward Mason Toye was saved by a diving St. Clair. The goalkeeper was up to the task again when he saved a shot from left back Andrew Gutman ten yards away with just ten minutes left in the first half.
“It was nothing out of his wheel house,” Campbell said on St. Clair’s performance. “We see that in training every day.”
St. Clair made two game-saving stops in the overtime periods as well.
“There’s much more to prove,” St. Clair said about his performance. “One game doesn’t define the whole season for me.”
Sophomore center back Donovan Pines made several aerial clearances as well, as key slide tackles helped his goalkeeper and defense out. St. Clair spoke of how Pines’ height really helps him defend set pieces.
“He’s bigger than me so even when I jump [to get the ball], he’s above me,” St. Clair said on Pines. “Knowing that if I can’t get to the ball there’s a good chance that he wins it, that’s very heartwarming for not only me but the whole team.”
Cirovski opted to insert junior midfielder Andrew Samuels into the starting lineup. Samuels, who missed last game against Cal Poly with an eye contusion, added more defensive cover in the midfield, replacing junior winger DJ Reeves.
However, Maryland was often unable to connect passes enough to pose a serious threat against Indiana’s high press.
“You have to take some responsibility for our preparation and maybe our tactics,” Cirovski said. “That is something that I will analyze and try to correct moving forward.”
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