Michigan State at IU soccer

Eriq Zavaleta with a header that looked to be the winner with 50 seconds left, but Michigan State defender clears the ball off the line. Very disappointing tie for IU. HOOSIERS 2, SPARTANS 2

More chances for Indiana, but the score remains tied. There was an apparent hand ball in the box off an IU corner kick by Michigan State late in the period but no call. HOOSIERS 2, SPARTANS 2

Indiana had some more chances down the stretch including a header wide by Eriq Zavaleta and a header high by Nikita Kotlov, but now the Hoosiers will have to try and dig out a win in overtime. Northwestern has beaten Wisconsin, 1-0, so IU could close within a half-game of first in the Big Ten with a win. HOOSIERS 2, SPARTANS 2

31:41: Michigan State another score off a throw-in. This time a flick past goalkeeper Luis Soffner, who had come out to challenge the ball in the air. This is the second time Indiana has given up a two-goal lead inside of three weeks, the last time a 3-2 overtime loss to Louisville. This will test the Hoosiers’ fortitude, but they’ve shown plenty of firepower to still win. HOOSIERS 2, SPARTANS 2

35:28: Michigan State capitalizes on one of its few chances in the match, a long throw into the box. Indiana thought there was a foul on the play, but no call and a toe poke puts the ball in the net. HOOSIERS 2, SPARTANS 1

40:38: Michigan State turns the ball over in the defensive third, and Indiana strikes quickly. Eriq Zavaleta touches the ball off to Jacob Bushue who hits a strike into the upper left corner from 14 yards out. HOOSIERS 2, SPARTANS 0

The Indiana offense just teeing off against the Spartan defense, and particularly goalkeeper Jeremy Clark. Hoosiers had a header by Eriq Zavaleta cleared off the line, a Jacob Bushue shot off the left post and a Patrick Doody laser volley saved — all in the final two minutes of the half. Hoosiers finish with a 10-1 advantage in shots, forcing Clark into five saves, and hold a 6-0 edge in corner kicks. Michigan State had one good chance in the 27th minute, but Cyrus Sadee was wide open at the back post and roofed his shot over the goal. HOOSIERS 1, SPARTANS 0

13:51: A flurry of chances for Indiana ends with Nikita Kotlov delivering the big blow, heading home A.J. Corrado’s corner kick. In the previous two minutes, Corrado hit a volley that was saved, a cross in front was cleared, a throw-in into the box was cleared and Jamie Vollmer’s long-range blast was saved but out for the corner kick that produced the goal. HOOSIERS 1, SPARTANS 0

19:28: Indiana dominating the possession through the first 20 minutes but still looking for that break through moment. Hoosiers’ best chance came in the 18th minute when Eriq Zavaleta got to the end line on the right side of the box and slid a cross in front, but an MSU defender won a battle with Harrison Petts right in front of goal to prevent the score. HOOSIERS 0, SPARTANS 0

Back at Armstrong Stadium this afternoon as No. 13 Indiana looks to extend its current three-game winning streak against the visiting Spartans. MSU comes in at 4-7-3 overall and 1-2-1 in the Big Ten. Spartans have scored just 13 goals and allowed just 14 this season. By comparison, IU (9-3-2, 2-1) has scored 26 and allowed 11.

On paper, IU’s a clear favorite, but the Hoosiers can’t afford a letdown as they try to make up ground in the Big Ten standings. Frontrunners Wisconsin and Northwestern play each other this afternoon, so that will be a score to keep an eye on. Updates as usual here and on Twitter.

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  1. IU blew the Big Ten without a chance to win it. With the talent/recruits Yeagley inherited, they should be winning more games and getting that title…disappointing…

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