Spartans Battle to 1-1 Tie with No. 2 Indiana
On senior day, MSU remains unbeaten at DeMartin Stadium.
EAST LANSING, Mich. - On an emotional Senior Day, the No. 7 Michigan State men's soccer team battled No. 2 Indiana to a 1-1 draw at DeMartin Stadium.
MSU Box Score vs. IU
With the tie, Michigan State ends the regular season 11-2-3 overall and 5-0-3 in league play. Indiana is now 13-0-4 and 5-0-3 in league contests. The Spartans ended the regular season 5-0-2 at DeMartin Stadium. This is the second-straight season that MSU has completed the regular season unbeaten at home. Over the last two years, Michigan State is 14-0-4 at home.
"You have to give Indiana some credit; there is a reason why there are a top five team and undefeated. They kind of got things going in the second part of the first half. We challenged our guys to step some things up and change some things at halftime." MSU head coach Damon Rensing said. "We hit the crossbar. We drew the penalty. In the second half and overtime we really were an aggressive team."
Indiana got off to a hot start, challenging the MSU backline from the start. The Spartan defenders were up to the challenge. IU's Mason Toye forced MSU starting goalkeeper Jimmy Hague into action in the fifth minute, but the redshirt junior made the first of four saves on the day.
The Hoosiers struck first in the 25th minute when Mason Toye drew the foul inside the penalty box. Trevor Schwartz converted the penalty kick for his third goal of the season, giving IU the 1-0 lead. Indiana would take the lead into halftime.
The Spartans started the second half aggressively taking control of possession early on.
Michigan State tied the score in the 61st minute, capitalizing on its own penalty kick. After senior midfielder Ken Krolicki was taken down in the box, junior forward Ryan Sierakowski snuck the PK past IU goalkeeper Trey Muse, who has allowed only four goals all season.
"We played great today, and I am really proud of these guys. This has been a great year, and they put forth a great effort today.." Rensing said.
Neither team could capitalize in the remaining minutes of regulation as the defenses stood strong. The two teams battled in the two overtime periods with IU holding the slight shot advantage, 6-4. Neither team found the back of the net as MSU is now 1-0-3 in overtime this season.
Following the game, MSU honored it six seniors: Brad Centala, Jimmy Fiscus, Ken Krolicki, Michael Marcantognini, Ryan Scott and Phil Stair.
"This program has meant everything to me. I have never met a tighter group of guys, willing to be my brothers. It showed today; they fought all those minutes for us. They really put the brand first, that is what it is all about at Michigan State. Everybody who has been in and out of here has proved that," MSU senior Jimmy Fiscus said.