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Nov. 15, 1997

Michigan State Men's Soccer Team Eliminated From Big Ten Championship

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The Michigan State men's soccer team saw its 1997 season come to an end this afternoon as Ohio State defeated the Spartans, 3-0, in the semifinals of the Big Ten Soccer Championship held in Bloomington, Indiana.

Playing in snowy and windy conditions, the teams battled to a 0-0 standoff through the first half of play. Ohio State sophomore Brooks Humphreys scored the game's first goal at 75:32 on a header from a pass from Andy Gaworecki. Sophomore Brian Feldhaus then put the game away for the Buckeyes with goals at 83:07 and 89:21.

"I thought it was important that we score in the first half when we had the wind at our backs, but we couldn't," said MSU head coach Joe Baum. "Ohio State put a lot of pressure on us in the second half and I give them credit. They finished off a couple of scoring chances when they had to."

Ohio State finished the game with a 15-6 advantage in shot attempts and had nine corner kicks to MSU's four. Spartan goalie T.J. Lieckfelt posted five saves while Buckeye goalkeeper Jon Lowery made two stops.

MSU closed out its season with a record of 6-9-4 while OSU, now 11-6-2, will play the winner of the Penn State-Indiana semifinal in Sunday's championship game.

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