First off, better to have loved and lost and all that.... There are over 200 programs that would love to be where Indiana is right now. Secondly, I thought IU was evenly matched with Marshall in terms of skill. But Marshall just seemed far more athletic and much bigger and I can't ever remember that being the case with an Indiana team, especially given the way the Yeags have used redshirts and emphasized experienced players. Clearly, the international players are older and just more physically developed. They may not be better players in 2-3 years, but they're coming in older and more physically mature and it showed. It used to be that the elite American college players could make up for this gap in physical development because they were usually better players. But now, almost all of the elite domestic talent never sets foot on a college campus and is either in Europe or an MLS roster and the ones that do come to college leave soon. I mean, Jack Maher, Aidan Morris and Josh Penn would've made a big difference in a scoreless game. That's the new reality for college soccer. Not saying you can't win with domestic talent - it's not like Marshall was blowing out Georgetown, UNC and IU and those games easily could have gone the other way. But it's much for harder for the programs that go mostly with domestic talent to win against teams loaded with older players from abroad who have finished growing.