MSU ties Panthers, 1-1
Nov. 6, 2010
East Lansing, Mich. - The Michigan State men's soccer program wrapped up their 2010 regular-season slate with a 1-1 tie at Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Saturday afternoon. It was the first tie of the season for the Spartans, who completed their scheduled slate with a 11-6-1 overall record. Brent Rosendall had the lone tally for the Spartans on the afternoon.
Michigan State, receiving votes and ranked No. 22 in the most recent NSCAA and Soccer Times polls, respectively, went to overtime for the second consecutive Saturday. The Spartans and UWM engaged in a physical, emotional contest, with a combined 52 fouls (33 against the Panthers) and a combined seven yellow cards between the two teams. Michigan State outshot their hosts by a 15-12 margin, and held a 5-4 edge in corner kicks. MSU keeper Avery Steinlage went the distance, making four saves - including one in each of the two overtime periods.
With the fouls, I think it was hard for us to settle into a rhythm," admitted head coach Damon Rensing. "I thought we did a nice job of creating some chances in the first half, and burying any of those chances ... we really needed to put a couple of them away. I'm happy with the way we continue to compete through the injuries we have that have some of our key guys out of the lineup. Our focus now continues to be to get healthy, and we'll start looking towards next week's Big Ten Tournament."
Mark Barone set up Rosendall's marker in the 41st minute. It came after Milwaukee's Greg Rosenthall was given a yellow card. MSU had the ensuing free kick, and Barone launched it to the far post, where the junior was able to bury it from eight yards out.
The Panthers' equalizing tally came late in regulation, with just 2:01 remaining on the clock. Rosenthal got the goal for UWM, finishing a short volley at the post off a flick.
Neither team could find the back of the net in the extra time, despite both launching five shots in the overtime periods combined.
Michigan State will now await the results of the weekend's league games to determine the matchups for next week's Big Ten Tournament. The Spartans are locked in as the No. 6 seed, and will likely play on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. against the Tournament's No. 3 seed. The Big Ten Tournament is being hosted by Penn State University. Tournament information can be found at Penn State's Big Ten Tournament site.
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