Maryland’s No.7 men’s football preview vs Indiana’s No.22
Maryland’s No.7 men’s soccer team could have received a big boost in their position in the Big Ten table, but their road final against Penn State ended in heartbreak. After leading 2-0 towards the end of the first half, Maryland conceded three straight goals to lose in overtime.
“I think we’ve had a lot of stupid turnovers,” said defenseman Brett St. Martin. “I think we’ve done a few times this year, it’s just giving the teams opportunities and we really have to cut that.”
The tough loss saw the Terps drop under the Nittany Lions by two points and they’ll need a little help to lock in the seed. But the first order of business is to deal with Indiana No.22.
After starting the season second in the United Soccer Coaches poll, the Hoosiers have fallen a bit, but have since seen a resurgence in recent times and are currently number one in the Big Ten.
Maryland can play spoiler in the regular season finale and one day the Terrapins honor their seniors, they’ll have extra motivation to get the job done.
“You are talking about two of the great programs in the history of college soccer,” said head coach Sasho Cirovski. “I know we love to play them. I think they love to play us. It adds a little extra juice, as this is the last game of the year and with so much on the line. “
The game will be played at 1 p.m. Sunday and will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.
No. 22 Indiana Hoosiers (12-3-1, Big Ten 5-2)
Review 2020-21: 12-2-2 (7-1)
Head Coach Todd Yeagley is in the middle of another successful season at the helm of the Hoosier program. Since being hired in December 2009 after a first stint as a coach in Wisconsin, Yeagley has continued the long line of success in men’s football at Bloomington. Inheriting a seven-time national championship-winning program, including six under his father’s tutelage, Yeagley has compiled a 149-50-40 record and an impressive 0.706 conference winning percentage since arriving in 2010. He has also an NCAA. Tournament title in his name since 2013.
Yeagley is looking to guide his team to a fourth College Cup appearance in five years. It was a difficult start to the season for Indiana as he came out of the Top 25 after going 3-2-1. But since their loss in the Big Ten’s opener to Rutgers, the Hoosiers have restored a 9-1 record, including a seven-game winning streak in which they have not allowed any goals.
Players to know
Junior forward Victor Bezerra, 6’0, n ° 7 – Only in his third season at Bloomington, Bezerra has already established himself as one of the country’s top talent. He burst onto the national stage with a second breakout season in the spring, being named to the United Soccer Coaches’ U.S. First Team and placing second in the MAC Hermann Trophy, which is awarded to the best soccer player. college of the country. This year, Bezerra continued his meteoric rise to stardom as he sits atop the team’s scoring charts with 17 points from six goals.
Junior goalie Roman Celentano, 6ft 3in, # 1 – While Bezerra was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, Celentano was named Goalkeeper of the Year after allowing 0.36 goals per game. This season, Celentano was instrumental in helping Indiana rise to the top-25. He hasn’t allowed a goal since Oct. 1 – a seven-goal streak in the net. This stretch brought down Celentano’s goals against an average of 0.50 goals from 1.19 to 0.69.
Redshirt senior defenseman Spencer Glass, 6-0, # 21 – Glass is the addition to the lineup of preseason players to watch in Indiana. Third All-American team the year before, the veteran bottom line leader from Indiana has been Celentano’s right-hand man throughout this recent streak of defensive success. Glass doesn’t have booming stats just like most defenders, but his impact on the outcome of the game runs deep.
Balance. While Indiana may not be quite the power it has been in recent years, as the Hoosiers have trailed Maryland in the national standings most of the season, the well-oiled machine can still be counted on. available to Yeagley for his patience and poise on the court. The Indiana experience shines on game day, as the team averages the fewest fouls per game (8.88) and yellow cards per game (0.56) in the Big Ten while committing the second lowest number of offside penalties (23), four more than the Terps.
Attack in big matches. To the naked eye, Indiana appears to be as announced in the preseason as it is in the midst of a winning streak that spanned all of October. While they have the pedigree and expectations of a national-caliber team, the Hoosiers have shown some vulnerability this season.
A four-goal performance in its last outing against VCU and a 9-0 demolition of Trine University on Oct. 9 bolstered Indiana’s offensive numbers during that winning streak. The point is that, although they have regularly returned to the national limelight, his attack has struggled in big games, as evidenced by two double-overtime wins and a quartet of slim 1-0 wins.
Three things to watch out for
1. How will the Big Ten Tournament play out? With four Big Ten contests to play Sunday, only two will have an effect on Maryland’s placement on the final table. Here is how the seeding can go for the Terrapins:
Seed n ° 1
Maryland wins over Indiana, Wisconsin wins over Penn State
Seed n ° 2
Maryland win over Indiana and Wisconsin-Penn State draw
Maryland wins over Indiana, Penn State wins over Wisconsin
2. Can Terps bounce back on Senior Day? Maryland were originally slated to honor their seniors against the Pacific, but chose to postpone the celebration until that crucial regular-season finale. This game comes right after a derailment against Penn State, but with so much at stake, Maryland will surely come out with additional aggression given the setting.
“We know in these times, in these games, you need a full performance and we haven’t had that at Penn State,” Cirovski said. “I think our players understand how important it is to pay attention to detail and make sure we have both the physical and mental capacity to go through these great times.”
Defenseman Nick Richardson added to Cirovski’s comments about the added intensity of this huge clash against the Hoosiers.
“You kind of have a little extra motivation throughout the week just because you know the potential for a win and a loss,” said Richardson. “I think everyone has a little more in mind this week and a little more pep in their approach.”
3. What will Indiana look like to contain Ben Bender? Midfielder Ben Bender was the Terrapins’ bona fide player of the year with his recent streak. The second has scored goals in four straight games, which put him in the conversation for the Big Ten offensive player of the year. Something will have to yield between Bender’s goal streak and Indiana’s shutout streak.