Tanner Thompson with a moment of individual brilliance in the 86th minute to score the game-winner. Thompson nutmegged a defender on the left flank to get into the box, then cut right and laced a shot that went off the bottom of the crossbar and in. Indiana holds off Michigan State’s last-ditch efforts.
IU will be the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten Tournament with the win, hosting a Big Ten quarterfinal (Northwestern, I think) next Sunday. HOOSIERS 2, SPARTANS 1
75th minute: Indiana was on the front foot to start the second half, but it’s been almost all Michigan State since that first 5-10 minutes. Hoosiers have dodged a couple bullets as the game remains even. HOOSIERS 1, SPARTANS 1
Michigan State had its moment, but the half largely controlled by Indiana, who once again still finds itself in an even game on the scoreboard. Hoosiers hold an 8-4 advantage in shots, 4-1 in corner kicks, while each team made one save. In other games, Northwestern leads Penn State 1-0 at halftime, while Wisconsin is up 2-0 on Ohio State at halftime. If those results hold with this one, IU ties Penn State for fourth in the Big Ten and a tiebreaker would decide which team hosts the other in the Big Ten quarterfinals. HOOSIERS 1, SPARTANS 1
33rd minute: Indiana was pushing to double the lead for quite some time after the first goal, but Michigan State finds the equalizer when a cross by Michael Beckett finds Ryan Sierakowski alone at the back post. Grant Lillard had a swing and miss on the play, while Andrew Gutman was slow getting back to cover that back post. Sierakowski took a touch and blasted the shot past helpless GK Christian Lomeli. HOOSIERS 1, SPARTANS 1
23rd minute: Quick restart on a free kick puts Richard Ballard in on the right side of the box. His drop pass for Phil Fives deflected off the far post, but Trevor Swartz is there for the rebound and pounds home the loose ball for the score on Indiana’s fifth shot of the day. HOOSIERS 1, SPARTANS 0
No. 10 Indiana hosts No. 13 Michigan State for Senior Day in the regular-season finale at Armstrong Stadium. The Hoosiers (9-1-6, 2-0-5 Big Ten) need a win to guarantee a top-four finish in the conference and the right to host next weekend’s Big Ten quarterfinal game. A tie, and Indiana would need Penn State to beat Northwestern plus a draw between Wisconsin and Ohio State in order to get the fourth seed and host a quarterfinal. The Spartans (12-3-1, 4-2-1) are on a three-game winning streak and coming off a 1-0 win over No. 12 Notre Dame. They can also clinch the second seed with a victory, so there’s no shortage of motivation for either side.