WESTFIELD, Ind. -- Fourth-seeded Michigan State men’s soccer fell to top-seeded and No. 1 ranked Maryland, 2-1, in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament held in Westfield, Indiana on Friday.
With the loss, the Spartans fall to 13-5-1 this season with two losses coming against Maryland. Three of MSU’s five losses are to ranked teams. Maryland has now won 14-straight games and improves to 17-0-2 this season.
“I thought that there were a couple lessons to learn today. I thought that we played the No. 1 team in the country on a neutral site dead even. We actually had more chances. It is also a good lesson for the NCAA Tournament that there is a slim margin of error. I think that is something that we can take away from this game. There was a good play by their forward and a mistake in the back, and we missed a chance or two,” MSU head coach Damon Rensing said. “That is how we lost 2-1 in a relatively even game.”
The Spartans are now 20-22-3 in the Big Ten Tournament, including going 8-6-1 under Rensing. Michigan State has advanced to the semifinals in four of the last five seasons.
“I am proud of how we responded after getting down. I had a good feeling that we were going to get a goal back. Unfortunately, it just took a little too long. Had we gotten one back a little earlier, we had some chances to make it a different game,” Rensing said.
Maryland struck first in the 17th minute when Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Gordon Wild scored his 16th goal of the season. Wild took the ball from Jake Rozhansky and scored from the top of the box.
The Spartans were able to get going offensively with both teams ending the half with four shots.
Maryland took a 2-0 advantage in the 61st minute when Amar Sejdic scored on a penalty kick. Rozhansky was taken down in the box leading to Sejdic’s seventh goal of the year.
In the second half, Michigan State’s offense created several chances. The Spartans out-shot the Terrapins 11-2 in the second period and 15-6 for the game.
In the 86th minute, after several chances, Michigan State cut the lead in half. The play began off of a corner kick by sophomore defender Connor Corrigan. The ball rattled around before Maryland goalkeeper Cody Niedermeier accidentally punched the ball into the goal.
Michigan State will now await the NCAA Selection Show on Monday, Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. Fans can follow the selection show here: NCAA Selection Show.