Appearing in their second consecutive Big Ten Tournament final, Indiana wouldn’t see the same result as last year’s title game.
Junior midfielder Mael Corboz’s late goal off a 20-yard free kick gave No. 1-seed Maryland a 2-1 win over No. 6-seed IU in the Big Ten Tournament championship game at College Park, Md.The victory gives Maryland its first conference title its first year in the league. It also won the Big Ten regular season title.
Maryland scored first off a corner kick. Indiana freshman defender Grant Lillard missed an attempted clearance, and the ball bounced right to freshman defender Christoffer Wallander-Ianer who put the ball in the back of the net in the 42nd minute for a 1-0 Terrapins lead.
The Hoosiers responded when junior forward Andrew Oliver’s pressure in the box resulted in an own goal by the Terrapins in the 64th minute.
Indiana gained momentum off Maryland’s own goal, but couldn’t hold on to it with less than five minutes remaining.
In the 86th minute, the Terrapins were awarded a free kick after the Hoosiers were called for a foul just outside the box. Corboz sent the shot into the roofing of the net, just above IU sophomore goalkeeper Colin Webb and just below the crossbar for the game-winning goal.
Set pieces were important in the game as both teams struggled to get shots off. Maryland had a 13 to 10 advantage in shot attempts, but the Hoosiers had the edge in shots on goal 7-6.
Indiana was without starting junior forward Femi Hollinger-Janzen, who sat out due to a head injury sustained in the Hoosiers’ Big Ten Tournament semifinal game against Ohio State on Friday.
With the conference tournament complete, Indiana will find out its seeding in the NCAA Tournament at 1 p.m. EST Monday. The selection show will be streamed live on NCAA.com.