Maryland 3, Indiana 3
The Maryland men's soccer team was presented with a festive stage last night for its most anticipated match of the regular season: Basketball coach Gary Williams, a onetime soccer coach at Lafayette, kicked out the first ball; the largest home crowd in program history wrapped itself around Ludwig Field; and a regional TV network provided coverage.
The second-ranked Terrapins embraced the moment by storming to a three-goal lead, but then in a remarkable final 17 minutes of regulation, two-time defending champion Indiana scored three times, the last coming with five seconds left, to earn a 3-3 tie before 6,203 stunned spectators.
"We went up 3-0 on one of the best teams in the country," senior forward Jason Garey said. "We played them off the park in the first half, and it's just a matter of us putting two halves together. . . . It's disappointing."
Garey added to his school-record goal total by scoring twice in the first 30 minutes, including a spectacular bicycle kick, and Stephen King struck just before intermission. However, the fourth-ranked Hoosiers (10-1-6) got a goal back in the 74th minute, and when the Terrapins put the ball into their own net a minute and a half later, Maryland found itself in serious trouble.
With time about to expire, Greg Stevning headed Lee Nguyen's corner kick just under the crossbar and off a Terrapin to complete the comeback and force overtime.
"My guys won't give up," said Indiana Coach Mike Freitag, whose team beat Maryland in the NCAA semifinals last year. "They played like champions."
The Terrapins (13-3-1) extended their unbeaten streak to nine, but left the field looking as if they had just lost. They will wrap up the regular season Friday at No. 12 Virginia Tech and then prepare for the ACC tournament.
Garey, nursing a shoulder injury that will require offseason surgery, sent the Terrapins into the lead in the seventh minute with a breathtaking goal. Sixteen yards away and his back to the net, Garey collected Chris Lancos's pass, lifted the ball to himself, fell backward and swung his right leg above himself to power the shot into the lower left corner.
Garey added his 18th goal of the year in the 30th minute, and King stretched the lead to 3-0, but the Hoosiers kept coming. Jacob Peterson's easy putaway made it 3-1 in the 74th before Maryland's sloppy play led to a second goal and allowed the Hoosiers, unbeaten in their last nine games, to score the equalizer.
In overtime, Chris Munroe robbed Garey with a reflex save and Nguyen missed an open net.
"It was an unbelievable night," Maryland Coach Sasho Cirovski said. "It's disappointing, but there is no finality to this. I think the game is going to serve its purpose and we certainly hope we can have a chance to see them again later this year."