Michigan State at IU soccer

FINAL
More domination from Indiana, and another loss to show for it. Michigan State earns a corner and heads the ball on goal. Soderlund punches it up off the crossbar, it’s headed again by both teams right on the line and finally finds the net as IU desperately tries to clear. Hoosiers fall to 0-6 in overtime. SPARTANS 3, HOOSIERS 2

END OF REGULATION
Indiana is 0-5 in overtime this year, but getting there is better than the alternative in this one. Hoosiers continue to dominate, as MSU has produced very little offense in the second half, just three shots and no corner kicks. If IU can sustain the attack mindset, maybe this is the one that goes the other way. SPARTANS 2, HOOSIERS 2

SECOND HALF
82nd minute: Just when you thought it just wasn’t going to happen, Indiana finally finds some magic. AJ Corrado beats a defender to the end line on the left wing, serves to the far post where Andrew Oliver hits a lefty volley from about 10 yards out into the back of the net. SPARTANS 2, HOOSIERS 2

70th minute: Chances have been few and far between this half, but Indiana’s still providing most of the pressure. The best came when Matt McKain slid a pass to an onrushing Andrew Oliver on the right side. He ran into the box, but tried to cut back and take an extra touch before shooting that proved costly as the ball was blocked away and the danger denied. Jamie Vollmer also had a header chance off a nice serve from AJ Corrado sail just wide left. MSU living dangerously but still has the lead. SPARTANS 2, HOOSIERS 1

HALFTIME
Different game, same story for Indiana. The Hoosiers had more of the ball and more of the stats. Lead 10-5 in shots and 6-1 in corner kicks, but it doesn’t mean much since two of the Spartans’ four shots on goal found the net, while IU only put two shots on frame. Wouldn’t be surprised if this wound up a 4-3 game, but it could finish 2-1 as well. Indiana in danger of losing four Big Ten games for the first time and finishing worse than fourth in the Big Ten for the first time. SPARTANS 2, HOOSIERS 1

FIRST HALF
35th minute: After sporadic offensive threats over the course of the 20-plus minutes since the fast start, Michigan State takes advantage of the IU defense once again. A nice give and go play forced a clearance deep in the IU end, then the long throw-in resulted in some poor marking and a goal for MSU’s Fatai Alashe. SPARTANS 2, HOOSIERS 1

8th minute: Swift response from Indiana to get the equalizer. Nikita Kotlov did all the work, winning a loose ball in the middle of the pitch, then making a run with the ball into the left side of the box and ripping a shot to the far post that handily beat the keeper. SPARTANS 1, HOOSIERS 1

4th minute: Michigan State dominated the first two minutes of play, absorbed a short IU flurry and got on the board on a cross to the middle that was headed down by Kyle Rutz right at GK Michael Soderlund, who saw the ball trickle off his fingers and over his head for the goal. SPARTANS 1, HOOSIERS 0

PREGAME
It’s Senior Night at Armstrong Stadium for Jacob Bushue, AJ Corrado, Nikita Kotlov, Matt McKain and Harrison Petts, as the Hoosiers take on Michigan State. IU is coming off a disappointing 2-1 loss at Michigan where a lead once again slipped away. With just one more game after this before the Big Ten Tournament, time is running out to right the ship. Scoring updates here and more via Twitter.