Oct. 30, 2010
East Lansing, Mich. - No. 23 Michigan State rallied from a 2-0 deficit with a pair of late second-half goals by Domenic Barone, but ultimately fell in overtime, 3-2, at Michigan on Saturday afternoon. MSU is now 11-5-0, and finishes the Big Ten campaign with a 2-4 overall record.
The game-winner came in the 98th minute. Avery Steinlage had come up with a pair of saves on back-to-back attempts by Justin Meram in the 96th minute. After Mark Barone had a header sail just wide, Harmoody Saad `s volley from about 50 yards out gave Michigan the golden goal. It was the first-ever win for Michigan on its home turf over the Spartans.
"First off, credit to both teams today - this really was a terrific college soccer game," said MSU head coach Damon Rensing. "I am so proud of our team today - the way they stayed composed, the way they battled back from being down 2-0. We have to continue to get healthy - because I know what we are capable of when we do have a healthy roster. "
Barone, who missed a penalty shot in the first half, had both of MSU's second-half markers, and just missed the upper-right corner for the game-winner off a corner play late in regulation.
Michigan took a 1-0 lead in the opening half with a goal by Meram in the 39th minute. The Wolverines went up 2-0 in the 56th minute by Latif Alashe, on a cross that found its mark into the right side of the goal.
Just over 10 minutes later, the Spartans got on the scoreboard in the 68th minute, when Josh Barens fed Barone, and his shot was low into the right corner of the net. His second goal came in the 84th minute, off a pass from senior co-captain Spencer Thompson.
Both keepers drew praise today - Avery Steinlage made six stops, while Chris Blais made five stops, including making a save on Barone's first-half penalty kick attempt. Michigan held a 22-16 edge in shots, while MSU had an 11-6 lead in corner kicks. Both teams had 14 fouls. \ The Spartans have a midweek tilt on tap, hosting No. 1 Akron at DeMartin Stadium on Wednesday. Michigan State will then wrap up its regular season with a Saturday game at Milwaukee.