Michigan State at IU soccer

FINAL
Indiana had all the momentum several times in this match, but Michigan State somehow snatched it away with a big response. IU with a 20-13 edge in shots and 4-3 advantage in corner kicks. Disappointing finish to the regular season for the Hoosiers, who are assured of going on the road for the Big Ten Tournament on Sunday. The flip side there is that IU was 7-0-1 away from home this season. SPARTANS 3, HOOSIERS 2

SECOND HALF
7:55: Michigan State was on its heels, but the one offensive chance its had in the last 15 minutes pays off as Adam Montague heads in Jay Chapman’s cross at the near post. SPARTANS 3, HOOSIERS 2

10:25: It will officially go as an own goal, but Indiana equalizes off Tanner Thompson’s corner kick that caromed in at the near post off a Spartan. SPARTANS 2, HOOSIERS 2

35:15: Michigan State undaunted and despite a nice tackle in the box by Kerely Bradford, Krolicki picks up the loose change, dribble right across the 18 and bends one back post to the left that Webb can’t get to. SPARTANS 2, HOOSIERS 1

42:41: Didn’t take long for IU to equalize. Tanner Thompson’s shot blocked in the box, but Dylan Lax heads it back to him at the top of the box. Thompson dancer right then left before finding Andrew Oliver wide open on the left side of the box. Oliver went far post with the shot, notching just inside the right post. Michigan State wanted offsides but argued to no avail. SPARTANS 1, HOOSIERS 1

HALFTIME
After a good first 10 or 15 minutes, not the strongest outing for Indiana, which holds an 8-5 edge in shots, but trails 3-1 in shots on goal. IU with no corner kicks that half. Michigan State had two. With a loss, IU could potentially finish as low as seventh in the Big Ten. SPARTANS 1, HOOSIERS 0

FIRST HALF
15:53: Michigan State getting more quality out of its offensive chances and finally converts as Ken Krolicki’s shot from the top of the box easily beats Colin Webb, who looked to be screened on the play and didn’t see it until far too late. SPARTANS 1, HOOSIERS 0

21:40: Midway through the opening frame in this one, and while Indiana had most of the ball early, it’s settled into more of a back and forth affair. Michigan State’s lone two offensive threats have come on a free kick off the left wing and a 2-v-2 counter attack, with Colin Webb making the save on both occasions comfortably. Indiana has four shots, none on goal to this point.

PREGAME
It’s Senior Night at Armstrong Stadium, as No. 2 Indiana (11-2-4, 3-2-2 Big Ten) hosts No. 21 Michigan State (9-4-4, 3-2-2) in the regular-season finale for both teams. These two are currently tied for fifth in the Big Ten and will need some help from other results to get a top-four seed in the conference tournament and host a quarterfinal game on Sunday. For the Hoosiers, it’s also Senior Night with Kerel Bradford, Patrick Doody, Dylan Lax, Jamie Vollmer and Sean Weidman being honored. I’ll keep you updated on the proceedings here and via Twitter.