No. 20 Ohio State Defeats No. 18 MSU Men's Soccer, 2-0
Nov. 4, 2007
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Ohio State's Xavier Balc and Eric Brunner each scored in the first half to give No. 20 Ohio State a 2-0 victory over the No. 18 Michigan State men's soccer team Sunday afternoon at Old College Field. The Spartans finish the regular season 11-4-3 and 2-3-1 in Big Ten play. Ohio State, which is unbeaten in its last eight contests, heads into Big Ten Championship play with an 11-3-4 mark and a 4-1-1 Big Ten record.
Balc's tally came at 7:04 when he took a Roger Espinoza cross from the right sideline and volleyed a hard shot just inside the left post. At the 25:35 mark, Balc set up Brunner's goal with a high-arching corner kick. The corner found Brunner in traffic and he headed it into the upper right corner of the net to put the Buckeyes ahead 2-0. Balc and Brunner each now have a team-leading four goals.
"I thought we came out a bit flat early," head coach Joe Baum said. "We started to play better later, but by then we were already down 2-0 and it was tough to come back."
Michigan State, which has now dropped three straight matches after starting 10-1-2, outshot Ohio State by a 13-8 margin, but the Buckeyes showed more accuracy in their attack. OSU had a 5-4 edge in shots on goal. OSU could have easily had an empty net goal in the second half, but MSU senior defender Rauwshan McKenzie dropped back to stop the shot.
The Spartans host the Big Ten Men's Soccer Championship this weekend, beginning with three quarterfinal matches on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 9 a.m.
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