Indiana women’s football fights for a scoreless tie with Maryland
Dominating Maryland 7-2 in shots on goal, the Indiana women’s football team had a great opportunity to win Sunday’s game against the Maryland Terrapins but couldn’t find the bottom of the game. net en route to a goalless draw at College Park.
Anna Bennett was huge in securing offensive opportunities as she made three of seven shots on goal for Indiana. Indiana will now face two tough opponents to end the Big Ten game and focus on the playoffs.
IU came out hot, getting two shots on goal in the first three and a half minutes. Anna Bennett and Megan Wampler made huge offensive plays to put pressure on Terrapin’s defense. Maryland would eventually get a few shots, but Jamie Gerstenberg and the rest of the defense made good plays to keep the Terps scoreless.
The infringements really resumed in the last part of the first half. Along with that, the Indiana defense did a great job of moving the ball away from the Maryland offense and throwing them multiple times. This led to limited offensive chances for the Terrapins and the Hoosiers seemed confident in their game plan before entering the locker room.
Offensively, the momentum shifted more in favor of Maryland in the second half. The Terps got four shots on goal in the first 20 minutes and woke IU up. Even though this put pressure on the UI defense, the offense eventually picked up and started to shoot on goal.
Suddenly the offense died down for the rest of the second half. Neither team really got any momentum, and both teams went into overtime – Indiana’s fourth overtime game of the year.
IU did a good job playing a clear first overtime. Maryland were playing very aggressively and committing fouls, but the Hoosiers’ experience helped the team stay calm and execute the game plan, leading to a second overtime to decide the winner.
The second overtime was very calm on the attacking side as IU had the only shot on goal of the entire period. Maryland made three more fouls as the Hoosiers kept their cool in a harsh environment. The clock hit triple zeros and IU tied the Terrapins 0-0.
That puts the Hoosiers at 9-3-4 this season with two important games to go. The next challenge for IU will be the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at home on Thursday. Rutgers has played very well so far, placing second in the Big Ten. It will be a game that could really show what this Hoosier team is made of.