Men's Soccer Tops No. 23 Indiana, 1-0, in Double Overtime
Oct. 18, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Jeff Ricondo scored just over two minutes into the second overtime as the Michigan State men's soccer team claimed a 1-0 win over No. 23 Indiana on Sunday (Oct. 18) in Bloomington, Ind. The win is MSU's (7-4-1, 1-3) third consecutive over the Hoosiers (7-5-1, 2-1), dating back to last season when the Spartans took both meetings.
"It was just a great program win," said MSU first-year head coach Damon Rensing. "I have to give all the credit to our kids - they played Spartan soccer today."
The win was Rensing's first of his career over a conference opponent.
"I thought we played well enough to win our first three conference games and Indiana certainly played well enough to win today," said Rensing. "But it was our day today."
Sophomore Rubin Bega started the play that led to the game-winning goal when he took the ball down the left side and cut toward the net. Bega's pass hit a streaking Ricondo near the right post, who slid and knocked the ball past IU keeper Luis Soffner.
"Rubin made a great play to beat the defender," Rensing said. "Credit to Jeff though, for him to make that type of run in the second overtime is a testament to the type of player he is."
The Hoosiers outshot MSU 11-1 in the first half and Spartan keeper Avery Steinlage made a key save in the final minute of the frame off an IU corner kick that kept the game scoreless after 45 minutes of play.
The two teams battled through the second half, with IU again holding the advantage in shots. Indiana's Andy Adlard had a chance to break the tie in the 89th minute with a shot inside the penalty area but a sliding Colin Givens got enough of the ball to force the shot wide.
MSU recorded the only two shots in the two overtime sessions.
"To win at IU, you have to have a character team," said Rensing. "These guys proved that today."
Steinlage was spectacular all day and finished the game with season-high eight saves.
MSU will get back into action on Wednesday (Oct. 21) when it hosts Bowling Green at DeMartin Stadium at 4 p.m.
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