For the fans at Bishop D’Arcy Stadium, it was an exhilarating final 3 minutes, 46 seconds between the Indiana and Duke men’s soccer teams Saturday night.
For the Hoosiers, it was a lesson.
They scored the game’s first goal on a penalty kick by Trevor Swartz, thanks to a hand ball. But the Blue Devils responded by attacking, drawing a foul in the box and getting a penalty-kick goal from Markus Fjørtoft to finish the 1-all tie in the headlining game of the Shindigz National Soccer Festival.
“It’s the little moments like that kind of (teach you). It’s the little things that happen in soccer that you know you have to stay composed in the end,” said IU’s Spencer Glass, a former Carroll player. “Those things can happen. You can have 89 good minutes and in the last minute you mess up and it can change everything.”
A crowd of 3,900 was in attendance, the biggest festival crowd since 2013.
There was another local player in the game, IU’s Rece Buckmaster, a former Canterbury player, and he helped teammate Mason Tove stand out with five quality scoring opportunities, though none were fulfilled.
The Hoosiers, ranked seventh in the nation, finished their exhibition season 2-0-1, including a 3-1 victory over Xavier and a 3-2 victory over ninth-ranked Louisville.
“Two PKs? That was wild there at the end, eh?” said Buckmaster, a junior, who like Glass had attended the festival as a youngster, dreaming of one day being able to play there for the Hoosiers.
Games this year took place at three sites – Saint Francis, Indiana Tech and the Fort Wayne Sport Club – and Buckmaster said the atmosphere was terrific as the Hoosiers readied for an autograph session before a 10 p.m. game between Trine’s and Huntington’s women’s teams.
“It was great out here tonight,” Buckmaster said. “Being able to come home, it always makes for a great atmosphere.”
The early minutes between IU and Duke were even-sided and without quality scoring chances, but in the 28th minute Tove got into the penalty area alone and sent a low cross toward the front of the net that was intercepted by Duke goalkeeper Will Pulisic.
The Blue Devils picked things up offensively and, in the 39th minute, Carter Manley’s high feed from beyond midfield was headed just wide of the net by Fjørtoft. IU had a chance to score off a header, too, but Tove sent the ball over the crossbar in the 42nd minute.
In the 59th minute, Buckmaster fought off two defenders along the sideline to send a centering pass to Tove, who faked a shot, spun, but had his shot blocked. Tove was foiled again, from point-blank range, in the 67th minute.
IU goalkeeper Jacob Gruber stopped a low 14-yard shot from Brian White to maintain the scoreless tie in the 75th minute. Tove, yet again, missed a terrific chance to score when he redirected the ball just wide of the post in the 82nd minute.
“It was a positive game for us,” Buckmaster. “Just the last four minutes, we’ve got to be clean in the back. We can’t give up a foul there. It’s just good to take off into the regular season now.”
Glass, who is set to get a lot of playing time after being redshirted as a freshman, agreed.
“We know we’ve got to be more composed at the end and play it safe, not dive in,” Glass said. “But it was a good opportunity to get some experience against a team we haven’t played in a few years.”