By Christopher Rogers-Spatuzzi
Mikias Eticha’s kick sailed high into the air toward the goal. As it came down, Maryland defender Alex Crognale jumped up and headed the ball past the jumping Indiana goalie and into the goal, giving Maryland a 2-0 lead over the Hoosiers with 32 minutes remaining in the game.
Despite a Hoosier goal in the 73rd minute, the Terrapins went on to upset No. 5 Indiana, 2-1.
The win was huge for Maryland, improving their record on the year to 7-5-2, including a 3-2-1 record in the Big Ten.
The Terps jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. Under pressure, senior forward Alex Shinsky took a shot with his left foot that floated across the goal box and into the net with 25 minutes left in the first half. That, along with Crognale’s goal in the second half was all the Terps would need to hold off the Hoosiers.
This win against a high-ranked Big Ten rival gives Maryland momentum.
“We really needed to get this first road win in the Big Ten,” Maryland head coach Sacho Cirovski said in a post-game interview. “We’ve come close a couple of times so far. This was a character test for our team and they passed with flying colors.”