Maryland's men's soccer program has come a long way in recent years, advancing to the semifinals of the NCAA championships last season. Today, the Terrapins learned in a 1-0 defeat to the top-ranked Hoosiers that although they are an elite program, they still have work to do.
"I'm not satisfied losing 1-0 to Indiana," Maryland Coach Sasho Cirovski said. "It's not our goal to compete against the Indianas of the world; it's our goal to beat them, so there's no moral victory here, there's nothing like that."
The Hoosiers, the defending national champions, challenged Maryland junior goalkeeper Christian Lewis early. In the ninth minute, Indiana senior midfielder Yuri Lavrinenko beat Lewis on the right side, only to have his shot blocked by Terrapins sophomore defender Nick Downing on the goal line.
Maryland controlled much of the play throughout the game, but could not create many scoring chances in front of Indiana's goal. When the Terrapins managed to mount an attack, goalkeeper T.J. Hannig and the Indiana defense stopped them.
The game remained deadlocked until the Hoosiers scored in the 22nd minute. Senior forward Aleksey Korol took a long pass from freshman midfielder Pat Noonan and beat sophomore defender Beckett Hollenbach and Lewis.
"It definitely seemed like they had nine, 10 guys in the box, but when you're up 1-0, you've got to do anything to preserve it, and they did a real good job tonight," Terrapins sophomore forward Taylor Twellman said. "Unfortunately, we couldn't put one away."