It’s happening again. Maryland goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair just saved a penalty attempt by Rece Buckmaster and the Hoosiers trail the Terps 2-1 in PKs.
After losing on penalties two years in a row in the Big Ten Tournament, this was a familiar scene for Indiana. Despite having a great season, winning the Big Ten regular season championship, they were looking down the barrel of a semifinal exit. Then they weren’t.
Sophomore goalkeeper Trey Muse made a stand. The Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year proceeded to make not one, but two saves on the next two Terrapin attempts to pull the Hoosiers ahead. IU hit their final three shots from the spot to end it, downing Maryland 4-3 in penalties to move on in the Big Ten Tournament.
Muse wasn’t the only player to put on a heroic performance in the match. Senior Andrew Gutman did his best Maradona impression. In the 61st minute the left back got the ball and took off. Weaving in between and around defenders it looked like he had the ball on a string. After beating six or seven defenders Gutman beat the keeper low for the opening goal of the match.
“I just kind of got the ball, and I’m one of those guys that’ll never give up on the play,” Gutman said. “Even if I have a little bad touch, I’m going to make an effort for it. I kind of slipped by and was able to finish it.”
It didn’t take Maryland long to equalize. In the 71st minute it was Ben Di Rosa scoring his first career goal for the Terps to make it 1-1 and send it to extra time.
Despite getting eight shots between the two overtime periods the Hoosiers couldn’t put the game away, thus the game went to penalties. Their best chance was a Francesco Moore header that bounced off the post and into the arms of the Maryland keeper.
Now the Hoosiers will take on three-seed Michigan in the championship game on Sunday at Noon on BTN. The Wolverines downed two-seed Wisconsin 1-0 in the semis to move on and are riding a four-game unbeaten streak. Earlier this season Indiana beat Michigan 1-0 in Ann Arbor behind a goal from Rece Buckmaster. In their last six matches against the Wolverines, the Hoosiers have a 5-0-1 record.