Hoosiers Fall to Michigan State, 2-1 in B1G Tournament
Nov. 7, 2012
EVANSTON, Ill. - No. 5 seed Michigan State scored a goal in each half and the No. 4 seed Hoosiers' stay at the 2012 Big Ten Men's Soccer Tournament was a short one, falling 2-1 in the quarterfinal round Wednesday afternoon at Lakeside Field in Evanston, Ill.
It is the first time Indiana has lost in the quarterfinal round of the Big Ten Tournament, now holding a 7-1 record in first-round matches. The Hoosiers are now 11-5-3 on the season and will await Monday's NCAA Tournament selection show to see if they have earned a spot in the 48-team field.
The Hoosiers had a good look early with Eriq Zavaleta in front of the net but like in the first matchup, the Hoosiers found themselves down 1-0 when Adam Montague took a low, line-drive shot from 25 yards out in the fourth minute.
Indiana's first two shots came in the first three minutes of play as the Hoosiers were stifled offensively in their bid to find the equalizer. Indiana made just one substitution in the first half, with Richard Ballard coming on for Femi Hollinger-Janzen in the 28th minute.
Zavaleta got off a rocket to start the second half but his shot was just wide of the goal. A ball from Harrison Petts found a leaping Nikita Kotlov in the box, but the junior was only able to get a knee on it, deflecting the ball wide left.
The Spartans' Nick Wilson was shown a yellow card, setting up a free kick for the Hoosiers. Caleb Konstanski took the kick, and a quick shot from Kotlov was saved. The ball spilled out from MSU goalkeeper Zach Bennett, but no Hoosier was in the area to take advantage of the miscue.
Less than a minute later, Patrick Doody played a ball into the box but Bennett was able to get to it before Kotlov could get his foot there.
With just over 30 minutes to play Kotlov was pulled down just outside the penalty area, setting up a direct free kick just outside the 18. Zavaleta took the shot, but his attempt was just wide left of the net.
The Spartans got the insurance goal in the 77th minute. A Ryan Thelen corner kick was cleared out of the box, but didn't get far enough as Ryan Keener's side volley found the back of the net to take the 2-0 lead.
It was Michigan State's first and only shot of the second period.
Indiana got on the scoreboard with 6:32 to play as Konstanski played a ball to the far post, where an unmarked Kotlov hit the back of the net for his fourth goal of the season.
The Hoosiers did not let up and with under a minute to play, Petts sent a ball into the box where Zavaleta got off a side volley that was deflected wide right. On the ensuing corner kick, Dylan Lax sent a header off the cross bar as Michigan State killed off the match.
Zavaleta led the Hoosiers with six of their 12 shots. Goalkeeper Luis Soffner had four saves in the match.
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