Spartan Men’s Soccer Battles for 1-1 Tie at Number 16 Indiana Friday

BLOOMINGTON, Indiana – Michigan State Men’s Soccer used an aggressive second-half effort to draw 1-1 to Indiana’s No 16 in a noisy Bill Armstrong Stadium on Friday night.

“What a big Big Ten battle. I’m really proud of our guys coming out on the road in Indiana with a lot of odds against us tonight. I’m really proud of them,” said the MSU coach. Damon Rensing said. “We missed a goal in the first half, but we didn’t let our heads down and regrouped at half-time. I thought we played very well in the second half.”

The tie ended a four-game winning streak for Indiana against MSU. For the season, the Spartans are now 2-4-2 overall and 0-0-1 in the Big Ten game. The Hoosiers are 3-2-2 overall and 0-1-1 in league competition.

The Hoosiers controlled possession early on with four shots and three corners in the first 11 minutes of play. Despite the time in possession, the Spartan defense held firm, keeping Indiana out of the scoreboard.

in 28º minute, the Spartans got their first shot with a shot by the senior midfielder Jack Beck that was blocked by a UI supporter. Indiana scored first in the 40º minute to open the 1-0 lead before the end of the first half. After a long shot, the ball bounced around the area before landing on Brett Bebej’s right foot.

Michigan State found the tie in the 72na minute with his first and only shot on goal. A senior midfielder long pass Luís Sala started the action. Sala’s ball found the junior striker’s head Greyson Mercer, and his headbutt found the net to make it a 1-1 contest. The goal was Mercer’s second of the season. He is now tied for the team lead on points with the senior centre-back. Will Perkins with two goals and two assists for six points.

“It was a great team effort. It was a great assist from Louis on Greyson’s goal. Altogether we played about 16 players, and going in and getting a draw was a great performance. Now we’re really looking forward to Michigan at home on Tuesday.” Friday,” added Rensing.

For the game, IU beat MSU 19-8, including a final pitch from Joey Maher with four seconds left on the clock. MSU Graduate Goalkeeper Owen Finnerty was solid in goal with five saves to hold off Indiana’s attack.
The Spartans are now gearing up for the Battle for the Big Bear Trophy, taking on state rivals Michigan on Tuesday, September 27 at 6pm. The game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network. The battle against the Wolverines will serve as the opening of MSU’s Big Ten house.

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