Shorthanded Spartans fall, 1-0, to Badgers
Oct. 16, 2011
East Lansing, Mich. - The Michigan State men's soccer team dropped a tough 1-0 decision at league-leading Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon, unable to counter after a Badger goal in the 34th minute of play. The loss drops the Spartans to 1-2-1 in Big Ten play, and 4-7-2 overall on the season. Wisconsin improves to 7-4-2, and now sits at a perfect 3-0 atop the Conference standings.
A pair of red cards issued in the 73rd minute to leading scorer Adam Montague and Rubin Bega - two of MSU's most significant scoring threats up front - did not help the Spartans in their attempt at an equalizing tally in the late minutes of the game. The game statistics tell the story of a very tight game - Wisconsin held a slim lead in shots (7-6) and shots on goal (3-2), while MSU had a lead in corner kicks, 4-3. The Badgers were whistled for 18 fouls compared to just eight for MSU, while each team was given two yellow cards.
Wisconsin's lone marker of the game came in the first half, as Chris Prince finished off a give-and-go at the top of the box, his shot eluding the slide of Jeremy Clark.
After the officials handed out those red cards to Montague and Bega, the Spartans were forced to try to generate offense while playing two men down, a significant disadvantage over the balance of the game. The effort was valiant, with some chances for the Spartans down the stretch - but the Badgers were able to hold on for their third Big Ten win of the season.
MSU will be in action midweek, hosting Bowling Green on Wednesday afternoon before continuing Big Ten play next weekend at Indiana.
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