Despite a late goal, No. 5 Indiana didn’t have enough to pull even Sunday in its 2-1 loss to Maryland at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
”This a College Cup level team we just played,” IU head coach Todd Yeagley said. “And our team is still young. As well is this group is doing, put into perspective we’re still learning along the way.”
Maryland (7-5-2, 3-2-1 Big Ten) got on the board first off a goal toward the far post from senior midfielder Alex Shinsky in the 19th minute. It wouldn’t score again until the second half, when sophomore defender Alex Crognale connected on a cross from junior midfielder Mikias Eticha in the 51st minute to put the Terrapins ahead 2-0.
Indiana (8-2-3, 2-2-1 Big ten) scored late in the second half when Femi Hollinger-Janzen scored a header off a cross from freshman defender Jack Griffith in the 72nd minute. The goal cut the IU deficit to one, but they couldn’t find the equalizer in the final 19 minutes of the match.
”It’s a tough loss,” Hollinger-Jazen said. “But we’ll bounce back again Wednesday.”
Hollinger-Janzen led the Hoosiers with a team-high three shot attempts in addition to his one goal. Sophomore midfielder Tanner Thompson also had a team-high three shot attempts.
But it wasn’t indicative of IU’s opportunities throughout the match. Hollinger-Janzen and Thompson combined for six of IU’s 11 shot attempts as the Hoosiers managed just three shots on goal.
”This is a really good Maryland team, so you’re not going to get tons of good looks,” Yeagley said. “We have to execute against a team like this even more so. We’re not going to get 15 to 20 shots against Maryland. They were good, and the ones we got, we needed to do better with.”
Maryland managed to get 12 shot attempts, half of which were on goal.
IU sophomore goalkeeper Colin Webb said the Terrapins were good at getting the ball wide.
”They were putting in really good service,” Webb said. “They made good, hard runs that split the defenders and put them in good spots to win and hit balls.
The Terrapins’ pace of play resulted in five different players accounting for their six shots on goal.
”I don’t think we had our best performance today,” Webb said. “Give credit to them, because they probably pressured us with the most intensity we’ve faced so far.”
Redshirt senior defender Kerel Bradford started in place of sophomore defender Billy McConnell, who was limited in practice this week after sustaining an undisclosed injury against Ohio State last Sunday. McConnell warmed up before the game, but Yeagley decided to go with Bradford instead.
Until today’s game when he saw minutes at centerback, Bradford was used as a situation player off the bench for the Hoosiers at right back. Yeagley said he and the coaching staff knew Bradford wouldn’t be able to play a full game against Maryland.
”Kerel did well,” Yeagley said. “We knew at right back today he probably wouldn’t go 90 (minutes). And the challenge physically is different at centerback.”
Despite the Hoosiers’ struggles against the Terrapins, Yeagley remained optimistic about the rest of IU’s season.
”I asked them, ‘how many teams would want to switch spots with you in the country right now? I can tell you about 99 percent would’,” Yeagley said. “You can be disappointed, you can feel this. I understand you want to be on the winning side, but we have a body of work that we have a lot of momentum going forward.
“We’re not going to lose confidence because of this.”