The 11th-seeded Maryland men's soccer team will take on No. 2 seed Indiana in the NCAA Tournament semifinals at 10:30 tonight in Santa Barbara, Calif., airing on ESPNU.
Here are 10 things to know as the Terps battle the Hoosiers, with the winner advancing to Sunday’s 8 p.m. national championship:
- UMD will be competing in the 14th College Cup in program history, its first since 2013 and ninth under head coach Sasho Cirovski.
- Maryland advanced after a 1–0 win at Kentucky in the quarterfinals last Friday. UMD’s backline shut down the nation's No. 5 scoring offense and overcame a Wildcat team that was 12–0 (32 goals for/2 goals against) heading into the match.
- The Terps are 7–1–1 after starting the season 4–5–3 and have not given up a goal in the last 320 minutes of play.
- Maryland is in the postseason for the 18th consecutive year and is making its 38th NCAA Tournament appearance. The Terps are 57–30–8 all-time in the tournament and 6–5–1 in their 13 national semifinals. They’ve won three national championships (1968, 2005, 2008).
- Senior Chase Gasper is the lone UMD player to have played in a College Cup, as he appeared in the 2014 edition as a freshman at UCLA.
- Indiana leads the all-time series, 4–2–7. The two teams have met twice this season, with Indiana winning, 2-1, in Bloomington, Ind., and the teams drawing in the Big Ten semifinals, 1–1. The Hooisers defeated the Terps in a penalty shootout to advance.
- Maryland and Indiana have played each other in the national semifinals once before: a 3–2 double-overtime victory for the Hoosiers in 2004. Future pro stars Jason Garey and Maurice Edu both scored for the Terps in that match.
- UMD has been efficient in its three NCAA tournament matches so far, with all three of the its opening goals coming on its first shot on goal.
- The Terps put three players on the United Soccer Coaches All-North Region Team: Donovan Pines (first team), Amar Sejdic (second team) and Dayne St. Clair (third team). It is Sejdic's second all-region honor of his career.
- UMD also placed three players on the All-Big Ten teams: Sejdic and Pines earned first-team plaudits, while William James Herve was a unanimous selection to the all-freshman team. Sejdic is now one of three players in Maryland's short history in the Big Ten to earn first-team honors twice (joining Chris Odoi-Atsem and Mael Corboz), while Pines, after earning all-freshman honors, then second-team honors as a sophomore, is one of just three Terps to be selected to an All-Big Ten team in three seasons (with Odoi-Atsem and Eryk Williamson).