No. 16 MSU Defeated by Indiana
Oct. 24, 2010
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The seven-game unbeaten streak at DeMartin Stadium for the No. 16 Michigan State men's soccer team came to an end with a 3-0 loss to Indiana on Sunday (Oct. 23). The Spartans are now 2-3-0 in the Big Ten, and 11-4-0 overall.
The game took a difficult turn early for the Spartans, who lost defensive players due to injury early in the first half and were forced to play its bench in several key positions.
The first half was a good game, and both teams had some chances," noted head coach Damon Rensing. "What really killed us was losing three of our four guys on the back line in the first 30 minutes of the game - it forced us to change our approach. We had lots of guys who stepped up, but some had to play out of position - and it forced us out of our game plan."
The first goal of the afternoon came in the 37th minute of play when senior Andy Adlard served a cross from the left side. Freshman Alec Purdie pushed the ball into midfield and after a scrum in front of the net, junior Will Bruin propelled the ball past the Spartan keeper.
Indiana's lead grew to 2-0 off of sophomore Joe Tolen's first goal of the season. MSU goalkeeper Avery Steinlage left the box to block a shot from Bruin, Tolen then found the rebound and shot the ball into the empy net. The second score of the day came in the 52nd minute of competition.
In the 63rd minute of the matchup, the Hoosiers pushed past the Spartans by a score of 3-0. Tolen served the ball from the left side to the front of the box, when Bruin headed the ball into the bottom right corner of the Green and White net. Bruin tallied his second of the game and 12th goal of the season on the play.
Both the Spartans and the Hoosiers played aggressively and with passion throughout the afternoon, as Indiana defended its top spot in the Big Ten. Each team was called for four fouls and four players left the field due to injuries in the first half alone. The second half of the tilt was just as physical, with five fouls committed by Indiana and one MSU offense.
Michigan State will get a week of rest before traveling to Ann Arbor on Saturday (Oct. 30) to face intra-state rival Michigan. The game is slated to begin at 1:00 p.m. at the U-M Soccer Complex.
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