It took both teams an overtime period to reach the Big Ten Semifinals, so it was only fitting that the two teams wanted a little more drama before the championship.
The No. 1-seeded Indiana Hoosiers defeated the No. 5 seed Maryland, 4-3 in penalty kicks, to advance to the Big Ten Tournament Championship and face either No. 2-seeded Wisconsin or the No. 3 seed Michigan.
The Terps comeback attempt came up just short after going down a goal in the second half and scoring in the 72nd minute to tie it up 1-1, a tie that would sustain through two overtime periods to force penalty kicks.
Indiana sophomore goalkeeper Trey Muse, the Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year, secured the nail-biting win for the Hoosiers with back-to-back saves in rounds three and four of the shootout, stopping both junior midfielder Mike Heitzmann and freshman forward Vinicius Lansade.
It was up to St. Clair to make a save in the final round, but redshirt junior midfielder Cory Thomas slipped his shot under his outstretched body to get the win for his team.
In the 61st minute, Indiana senior leftback Andrew Gutman was nearly impossible to stop as he carried the ball through at least five Maryland players through the midfield and into the box, cutting to his right foot and slotting it to the back post.
Gutman, the Big Ten Defender of the Year and Indiana’s leading scorer, captured all three of the Hoosiers’ goals against the Terps this season after scoring both goals in their 2-1 win Oct. 12 in College Park.
But the Terps were not about to be shut out twice by the Hoosiers; Ben Di Rosa made sure of it. The sophomore right back capitalized on a Maryland transition, receiving a long pass from freshman William James Herve and slipping one past Muse to the far post to equalize in the 72nd minute with his first-career goal.
Maryland started the match without two of its veteran defenders, junior Donovan Pines and senior Chase Gasper. Pines, who had not yet missed a match this season, suffered a concussion during practice leading up to the game, according to a team spokesperson.
But as soon as Gutman put the Hoosiers up 1-0, Gasper was at the line ready to come into the game.
The Hoosiers started the match applying the offensive pressure, earning the first three shot attempts of the game. St. Clair kept the score 0-0 early, making a diving save on a close-range shot from Thomas, and the rebound shot went wide left of the net.
With just over 15 minutes to go in the half, the Hoosiers’ offense had the Terps’ defense on their heels, as they were leading 7-1 in shots a Terps offense that was in need of a spark.
Herve had the first good look on goal in the 36th minute, but his shot from the top of the box hit the crossbar.
Going into the half, the Terps were tied 0-0 with the Hoosiers, but the momentum seemed to be in Indiana’s favor.
The Terps came out in the second half with a little more aggression and offensive looks, but could not do much to stop Gutman’s goal.
Though they were able to equalize later in the second half, the Terps could not break through again before the end of regulation came. The Terps headed into their ninth overtime game of the season, and the second straight for both teams.
Neither team could find the goal, though Indiana was in control for most of the second overtime period. The Hoosiers had six shots in the final 10 minutes of play, but the Maryland defense held true.
The end may not have been what the Terps were hoping for, but now all they can do is wait for the NCAA Tournament seeding to be released Monday.
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