Spartans Fall In Double Overtime To Northern Illinois, 1-0
Sept. 3, 2006
EAST LANSING, Mich. - With 15 seconds remaining in the second overtime period, Marcus McCarty tapped in the game-winning goal for Northern Illinois (2-2-0) as the Huskies edged past the Michigan State (3-1-0) men's soccer team 1-0 Sunday afternoon. The Spartans played on the offensive for the majority of the game, but goals were not easy to come by. As the clock ticked down, Northern Illinois was given its golden opportunity and capitalized. The Huskies came up with a throw in the Spartan's defensive third and after several deflections within the box, McCarty managed to get a foot on the ball, sending it into the left corner for the win.
"Pure and simple, when you get chances to finish a team off and you don't score and leave them in the game, you are inviting disaster," MSU head coach Joe Baum stated after the game."
Most of the excitement offensively, until the end, came at the feet of Michigan State. The Spartans out-shot Northern Illinois 14-9, with several chances just narrowly missing the goal. Both Michigan State's Jason Tillman and Northern Illinois' Matt Corcoran stood in goal the entire game, each recording three saves.
"I thought in the second half and the first overtime we played well, we moved the ball well, creating good chances, but we didn't finish one," Baum added. "I thought we defended well today and that they only had a couple of chances, but you have to score and we didn't do that."
Michigan State returns to action when it travels to Ann Arbor for the Wolverine Invitational, hosted by Michigan. The Spartans square off with Virginia Commonwealth on Sept. 8, at 5 p.m. and meet Butler at 12 p.m. on Sept. 10.
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