Michigan State And Wisconsin Play To Scoreless Tie
Sept. 24, 2006
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State and Wisconsin combined for 25 shots, but neither team could connect for a goal, resulting in a 0-0 tie Sept. 24, at Old College Field. It marked Spartan goalkeeper Jason Tillman's sixth shutout of the season. The Spartans' record moves to 6-2-1 overall, 0-1-1 in Big Ten play. MSU is 2-1-1 in overtime games this season.
Facing 13 shots, Tillman made two saves. The senior captain has allowed just five goals in nine games this season, for a goal-against average of 0.39, and has totaled 18 career shutouts.
"This was a great Big Ten soccer game," MSU head coach Joe Baum stated. "It really was a war. I thought both goalies and both defenses played very well."
Missed offensive opportunities plagued each side and windy conditions forced many shots to sail high and wide. Wisconsin's (4-3-2, 1-0-1) best look at the goal came with three minutes remaining in the first half, when Sho Fujita sent a ball ricocheting off the cross bar.
Michigan State missed a chance to take the lead 18 minutes into the second period when Kevin Reiman split a pass between the Badger defense to Kenzo Webster on the run. Webster received the pass for a one-on-one showdown with Wisconsin goalie Jake Settle, but his shot missed wide right.
"Reiman and Tillman were the highlights for our team today," Baum said. "Each side played hard, but no one was able to step up and make the big play."
Wisconsin out-shot MSU, 13-12, but the Spartans held the corner kick advantage, 5-3.
Michigan State returns to action Oct. 1, hosting Indiana at Old College Field at 12 p.m. Celebrating 50 years of men's soccer at Michigan State, the university will honor past and present Spartans with a halftime ceremony.
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