IU Drops 3-2 2OT Decision to Michigan State in 2OT
Nov. 1, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's soccer team got goals from Nikita Kotlov and Andrew Oliver on senior night, but a fortuitous bounce off a defender in the second overtime gave Michigan State a 3-2 victory Friday night on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
The loss drops Indiana to 5-11-1, 1-4 in the Big Ten. The 22nd-ranked Spartans improve to 9-3-3, 2-2-1 in conference play.
Despite a 10-5 lead in the shot tally in the first half, it was Michigan State that jumped to a 1-0 lead on Kyle Rutz's first goal of the season coming in the fourth minute. However the goal seemed to wake the Hoosiers as they had an answer less than four minutes later when Kotlov tallied his fourth goal of the season. The senior took a solo run up the left side of the field and cracked a shot from distance past MSU goalkeeper Zach Bennett.
The Spartans came back to take a 2-1 lead in the 35th minute, this time going to Fatai Alashe. Dewey Lewis crossed the ball into the penalty area, and Kevin Cope headed it back to Alashe who hit the back of the net with his own header from close range.
Into the second half and trailing 2-1, Indiana continued to get good looks at the MSU net, including a header from Oliver that was just wide of the target with 22:50 to play. That persistence paid off at 81:02 when Oliver scored his third goal in as many games, settling a cross from A.J. Corrado before taking a shot into the lower right corner to knot the match at 2-all.
Indiana headed to its sixth overtime match of the season hoping to better its dubious 2013 record of 0-4-1 in extra time games. The Hoosiers had the better of play in the first 10 minutes, including a shot from Jacob Bushue that required a finger-tip save from Bennett.
The Hoosiers had three shots in the second OT but it was a scramble in front of the net that produced the game winner. Ryan Thelen sent in a corner kick that Ryan Keener blasted off an IU player the ball rebounded to Kreutz, who got enough power on it to knock it off the underside of the cross bar and off an IU player into the net.
Indiana wraps up the 2013 regular season on Friday, Nov. 9 as it travels to Northwestern. Game time is 8 p.m. ET.
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