Oct. 8, 2006
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Michigan State men's soccer battled Michigan to a 1-1 tie Oct. 8, in Ann Arbor, Mich. Senior captain Matt Kreikmeier scored the Spartans' lone goal on a first-half penalty kick. With the tie, the Spartans are 9-0-2 on the U-M Soccer Field since 2000 and have not lost to the Wolverines since 2003.
"Today was a hard played game," MSU head coach Joe Baum stated. "It looked like we were going to get out with a win, but it wasn't so. Credit goes to Michigan, they never gave up."
The Kreikemeier penalty kick came at 15:47, after a Wolverine defender was whistled for a tangle-up in the box. It was Kreikemeier's second goal of the season, with his first also coming via penalty kick.
Michigan State continued its attack, firing 10 shots on Michigan goalie Patrick Sperry in the first half. Sperry stopped multiple Spartan scoring opportunities, posting four saves.
Spartan goalkeeper Jason Tillman also saw his share of work, as the Wolverines ripped a total of 27 shots on the day. Tillman posted four saves as well - two of those coming in the final overtime frame.
Michigan (5-6-3, 0-1-1 Big Ten) tied the game in the 75th minute, when Mauro Fuzetti found the back of the net off a free kick just outside the left corner of the box.
It marked the Spartans' sixth overtime game of the season. MSU is 2-2-2 in extra play in 2006.
Michigan State (6-4-2, 0-2-2 Big Ten) continues play on Oct. 11, traveling to South Bend, Ind., to face No. 8 Notre Dame. Last week, Notre Dame shut-out U-M, 2-0.