On Sunday the Hoosiers continued their run through the Big Ten by taking on an opponent that’s regularly been one of the tougher teams in the conference — the Michigan Wolverines. Michigan lived up to their reputation, making things difficult for IU, but ultimately it was the Hoosiers who came away with a 1-0 victory.
The difference in the match was a beautiful goal courtesy of Spencer Glass. In the 67th minute the junior dribbled into the box, used some flashy footwork to beat a defender and create enough space for himself before launching a shot into the top of the net. The goal is at roughly the 26-second mark of this highlights video:
The win moves IU’s record to 8-1-3 on the season. The Hoosiers are now undefeated in their last five matches, having won four of the five.
1. Big Ten Standings
The Hoosiers still sit atop the conference with a perfect 4-0-0 record. They’re just ahead of Penn State and Michigan, who they’ve already defeated and played one fewer match than. It looks like IU should continue to be the favorite to win the regular-season title. Here are the full standings:
2. Jack Maher
The star center back received national recognition after playing a key part in IU’s pair of clean sheets last week and being credited with the assist on Glass’ match-winner against Michigan. On Tuesday Top Drawer Soccer announced its team of the week and Maher was included.
3. Roman Celentano
The freshman goalkeeper has been a revelation for the Hoosiers after taking over between the posts for Sean Caulfield. Last week he tallied the first two shutouts of his career and thusly received Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors on Tuesday. He had a trio of saves against No. 16 Kentucky and then two saves against Michigan. He’s yet to lose a game in goal and hasn’t allowed a goal in hit last 235 minutes on the pitch.
Next up for the Hoosiers is a Friday night road matchup with the Maryland Terrapins. The defending national champions defeated IU in the College Cup last season which should give the match some extra juice, though the Terrapins have been disappointing this season. They’re just 1-1-2 in Big Ten play and 6-3-2 overall so far and despite being nationally ranked to begin the season they’ve since fallen out of the top 25.