Nov. 9, 2007
EAST LANSING, Mich. - No. 1 seed Indiana defeated No. 5 seed Michigan State, 1-0, on Friday afternoon at the Big Ten Men's Soccer Championship semifinal at Old College Field in East Lansing. With the win, the ninth-ranked Hoosiers improve to 12-2-2, while the Spartans fall to 11-5-4.
"I told our guys to walk with their heads high," head coach Joe Baum said. "Indiana is a great team. I think Indiana's back are the quickest we've seen. I think we had some great opportunities, but Indiana is so quick they closed any chances we had."
Indiana's Brad Ring had the game's first good scoring chance in the 20th minute, but MSU's Chris Austin made a diving stop to his right. In the 27th minute, Kevin Noschang hit a low liner at the post, but Austin dove to his left to make the stop. In the 32nd minute, MSU's Kevin Reiman served a free kick to a cutting Rauwshan McKenzie, who had snuck behind the defense. McKenzie's header, however, was just left. With just under eight minutes, Doug DeMartin attempted to chase down a ball behind the IU defense, but Hoosier keeper Chay Cain got to the ball first, clearing it away.
In the 55th minute, McKenzie sent a Kevin Reiman corner kick just wide with his head. With under 29 minutes, IU's John Mellencamp had a 10-yard shot from directly in front of the goal, but Austin made a foot save to keep the scoreboard blank. One minute later, Louis Stephens III dribbled around a Hoosier defender and broke in on goal from the left side, but Cain came out to cut down the angle and block the shot.
In the 74th minute, IU's Kevin Alston dribbled through the MSU defense, but Austin made a sliding tackle to stymie the opportunity.
The Hoosiers broke through with 12:52 remaining. Ring found Charley Traylor streaking down the right side. Traylor played the ball across the box and found a diving Neil Wilmarth, who short sided his header into the left corner of the net.
MSU had one last great chance with just over a minute left. Josh Rogers sent the ball into the box, where David Hertel headed it towards the goal. Cain made the save and the ball bounced away. McKenzie deflected the ball into the net, but was ruled to have interfered with Cain and the goal was disallowed.
For the game, Indiana out-shot Michigan State, 17-8. Ring had a game-high four shots, while DeMartin and McKenzie each had three. Each team had five corner kicks. Austin made six saves for the Spartans, while Cain stopped three shots to record the shutout.
Indiana will face Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship match Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. The contest will be carried live by the Big Ten Network.