Late Goal Results in Draw With Indiana, Program’s Third Big Ten Championship
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A score in the 87th minute from men’s soccer forward Stefan Copetti led the No. 8 Terps to a thrilling 1-1 draw with Indiana on Sunday in Bloomington to capture the team’s first Big Ten Championship since 2016.
It marks the third Big Ten title for the program (including its first in 2014), and the 24th overall regular-season conference title, with 21 coming in the ACC.
The Terps finished the regular season with a 9-2-5 record and an 4-0-4 mark in the Big Ten to go undefeated in conference play for the first time since 2016. The Hoosiers finished 8-3-6 (3-1-4).
Indiana was on the front foot early, but the Terps began to establish possession as Luca Costabile created pressure down the sidelines. The Hoosiers notched a goal in the 25th minute when Ryan Wittenbrink sent a well-struck free kick into the back of the net.
Trailing 1-0, the Terps came into the second half with a sense of urgency. In the 48th minute, Nick Richardson sent a beautiful cross to Copetti that required a fantastic save by Indiana's JT Harms. William Kulvik made a terrific slide tackle to break up a prime Indiana scoring opportunity off a Maryland giveaway a few minutes later.
The Terps were aggressive for the remainder of play and created multiple chances, but the Hoosiers’ defense held strong until Copetti cashed with just over three minutes left to play. His header off a Joshua Bolma service brought the Terps to a conference-best 16 points. It was Copetti's fifth goal of the season, and tied him with Malcolm Johnston as the team leader in goals. He has also scored in four of the last six matches.
Maryland outshot Indiana 12-6 and earned six corners to the Hoosiers' two.
The Terps will kick off the Big Ten Tournament on Friday, hosting Northwestern in the first-round game at Ludwig Field. Game time and broadcast information have yet to be announced.
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