Aug. 31, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 9 Maryland men's soccer team battled No. 7 Indiana in an exciting back-and-forth affair and forced the Hoosiers to a 1-1 draw on August 31 at Jerry Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium in the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic. Both teams scored in the first half 1:11 apart from each other and both sides had their chances to notch the golden goal, but the teams settled for the tie.
Junior Graham Zusi recorded the goal for the Terrapins in the 26th minute after Kevin Noschang scored in the 25th for the Hoosiers. Junior Rich Costanzo was credited with the assist as he sent the cross into the box to Zusi. Freshman keeper Will Swaim stopped five shots in goal in his first collegiate start.
"I thought we played extremely well," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "Will Swaim did a terrific job in goal as a true freshman and our team defense was very well organized. This game was played at a very high level and a tie is a fair result."
Indiana came away with a couple of chances in the first 15 minutes of play as Daniel Kelly got off the first shot on goal of the game 4:13 in, but his attempt was directed right at Swaim who made the easy save. At the 29:30 mark, Kevin Alston was open on the left side and served up a dangerous cross into the box but the Hoosiers were unable to get a foot on the ball.
Maryland got its first quality chance at the 23:35 point in the half when senior Spencer Allen cleared away an Indiana attack. The ball bounced in front of a streaking Zusi with two Hoosier defenders on his tail. The defense applied enough pressure to force Zusi's shot just wide to the right.
The Hoosiers struck first in the 25th minute when Charley Traylor sent in a ball to Brian Ackley. Ackley got a head to the pass and deflected it to Noschang sitting six yards out, who punched in a shot for the 1-0 Indiana lead.
The Terps responded immediately, however, just over a minute later when Costanzo dribbled down the right side of the field. Costanzo got enough space in front of his man to send a cross in that found Zusi in the box, who tucked a shot into the left side netting for the quick equalizer.
Maryland was close to pulling ahead with 10 minutes to go when sophomore Omar Gonzalez sent a ball into the box from the middle of the field. Classmate Jeremy Hall fought a Hoosier defender for position and won, getting his head to the ball. He redirected it to the right post, but Chay Cain made the diving stop to keep the score deadlocked into the half.
Both offenses picked it up a bit in the second half and Indiana recorded the first dangerous opportunity at 36:50 when a good cross was made from the left side to a man open in the box. His shot misfired and the Terps came away unscathed.
Maryland came right back down the field on transition as Zusi found himself in the middle of the box and got off a shot on net. His attempt was saved by Cain but the rebound fell to freshman Rodney Wallace who redirected the ball towards goal. His ball was deflected by Cain and trickled toward the goal line, but an Indiana defender laid out on the ground to stop the ball from crossing over for the line.
At the 28:50 mark, the Hoosiers had three good chances to put the ball in the net but failed to do so. Andy Adlard started the threat with a corner kick that was headed hard towards goal, but a Maryland defender stopped the shot and forced another corner. On the second corner, Adlard sent in another good in-swinger that just missed a good strike from a teammate. Finally, on the ensuing throw in, the Hoosiers had one more shot to take the lead but their shot went just high over the net.
Indiana earned another corner with 1:38 left in the game and got a good chance out of it. The initial cross from the side created no threat, but Brad Ring settled the ball on the right side as a group of Maryland defenders prepared to step in the way. Ring took a shot that made it through the Terp defense but Swaim came up with a big save to force overtime.
Maryland spent most of the first overtime in its offensive half of the field and got a good chance with four minutes to go when Zusi found King with a through ball on the right side. The ball went deep into the zone and King turned and fired when he reached it, but the angle was tough and Cain made the save.
A minute later, the Hoosiers went on the attack and found Noschang on the left side wide open. Noschang fired to the right side, but Swaim came up with a huge fingertip save to keep Indiana from converting the golden goal.
With 1:30 left, Costanzo took a free kick in the midfield after a Hoosier foul. The junior sent the ball into the box and Wallace was able to get a head on it, but his shot went just high.
The second overtime served up less drama as the teams battled in the midfield for most of the time, but the Terps got the best chance for a win. With six minutes left in the game, junior Michael Marchiano dribbled through some traffic on the right side and flipped a pass to King in the box. King headed the ball towards the right side of the goal but his shot hit the post and came back and Indiana was able to get away without any further danger.
The Terps (0-0-1) will conclude their stay in Bloomington with a match against No. 10 Notre Dame on Sunday, September 2 at 11:30 a.m. The Fighting Irish are coming off of a 2-1 overtime win against No. 2 UCLA in the first game today.