The No. 19-ranked men's soccer team (10-4-4 overall, 4-2-2 Big Ten) defeated the No. 2-ranked Indiana Hoosiers (11-3-4 overall, 3-3-2 Big Ten) 3-2 Wednesday night in what was the team's final regular season game of the year. The win likely guarantees MSU a selection in the NCAA Tournament.
The Spartans got things going on offense at the 29:09 mark, making it 1-0 on a goal by freshman midfielder Ken Krolicki scored on an assist by sophomore midfielder Dewey Lewis. The goal was Krolicki's first of the season and it couldn't have come at a better moment for MSU.
The first half saw the Spartans take five shots compared to eight by the Hoosiers, and MSU took two corner kicks while preventing the Hoosiers from taking a single one.
The second half started very differently, with Indiana equalizing right out of the gate scoring less than three minutes into the half at the 47:19 mark on a goal by Hoosier's junior forward Andrew Oliver on an assist by sophomore midfielder Tanner Thompson.
The goal by Oliver seemed all too familiar. The Spartans went into last Sunday's game against Michigan with the lead at halftime, but the Wolverines equalized in the second half, going on to win 3-2.
However, MSU took the lead back at the 54:43 mark with Krolicki putting his second goal of the season and the night through the back of the night, giving the Spartans a 2-1 lead.
The game took a breathtaking turn around the final ten minutes. At the 79:36 mark, the Hoosiers took a corner kick that would bounce off of MSU junior defender Zach Carroll, allowing Indiana to tie the game 2-2 on an MSU own goal.
After going 0-2-2 in the last four games, the Spartans refused to settle for another loss or tie, taking the 3-2 lead at the 82:05 mark. Senior forward Adam Montague sent one through the back of the net with a header on an assist by junior midfielder Jay Chapman, giving MSU the late lead.
The goal by Montague would become the game-winner for the Spartans, giving MSU a 3-2 win over the No. 2 ranked team in the nation. Indiana would hold a final advantage of 20 shots compared to just 13 for MSU, and despite this advantage for the Hoosiers, the Spartans were able to hold on to the win.
With the Big Ten being so very close in standings the win for MSU did not secure the team a home game in the Big Ten Tournament. The Spartans will play at Penn State (12-4-1 overall, 5-3-0 Big Ten) on Sunday. MSU beat Penn State 2-0 when the two teams met in the regular season on Oct.18.
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