Oct. 30, 2011
Site: East Lansing, Mich. (DeMartin Stadium)
Score: Michigan State 1, Michigan 0
Records: U-M (5-12-1, 1-4 Big Ten), MSU (6-7-4, 2-2-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Game: Saturday, Nov. 5 -- vs. Northwestern (U-M Soccer Stadium), 5 p.m.
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's soccer team was downed, 1-0, by Michigan State on Sunday (Oct. 30) at the Spartans' DeMartin Soccer Stadium.
Ryan Keener scored his first collegiate goal in the 73rd minute off a corner kick, as his headed effort from six yards out beat the Michigan defense. U-M outshot the Spartans, 14-9, but Michigan State goalkeeper Jeremy Clark collected nine saves.
U-M possessed the first opportunity of the match for either side, as junior Latif Alashe (Northville, Mich./Northville) sent a through ball inside the 18, finding freshman Matthew Rickard (Exeter, Devonshire/Clyst Vale CC) on the right side, but he fired a shot wide.
Michigan State nearly took the lead in the 19th minute after stringing together a trio of successive corner kicks. The middle of the three corners found the head of Andrew Montague, but his effort sailed wide left.
With seven minutes left in the opening stanza, Rickard and Alashe nearly connected again, as Rickard serviced a corner from the near sideline inside the six that found Alashe's head but was saved near-post to preserve the scoreless match heading into the half.
Sophomore Fabio Villas Boas Pereira (Sao Paulo, Brazil/South Kent School (Conn.) had Michigan's first opportunity of the second half, as he collected a loose ball at the top of the 18. After taking a pair of touches, Pereira was unable to muster much power on the shot, which was scooped up by Clark.
Freshman Tyler Arnone (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville/St. John's) nearly broke the scoreless draw in the 50th minute, as the freshman beat a pair of Spartan defenders 20 yards out. After zipping by his defenders, the St. John's transfer ripped a venomous attempt from 17 yards out that went narrowly wide left.
With 29 minutes left, MSU's Montague was given a through ball at the top of the 18, but U-M sophomore/freshman goalkeeper Adam Grinwis (Ada, Mich./Forest Hills) pounced off his line to disrupt the Spartan effort.
Spartan forward Rubin Bega almost broke the tie with 22:14 remaining, as he took a pass at the top of the 18. After a touch, he volleyed a shot from 10 yards out that rang off the crossbar. Three minutes later, MSU hit the crossbar once again, this time coming off an opportunity that began off its eighth corner of the afternoon.
Following Keener's score in the 73rd minute, Alashe drew a foul six minutes later that resulted in a free kick from 30 yards out, but the attempt was cleaned up by the Spartan defense after a pair of blocked shots. After the block, MSU went on the counterattack, resulting in a 4-on-1 break, which ended in a save by Grinwis.
Grinwis was issued a red card in the 83rd minute, resulting in senior/junior Tim Bergsma (Beverly Hills, Mich./Southfield Christian) entering the match and making one stop in the waning seconds of action.
Michigan had two chances in the final 3:30, beginning with a free kick that was taken by Rickard from midfield. The ball skipped through the box, trickling to Arnone on the right side of the six. However, his attempt was turned away.
The final U-M chance of the afternoon came with 2:12 left, as junior Brian Klemczak (Livonia, Mich./Livonia Stephenson) took a shot from 25 yards out off a loose ball that was turned away and served as the final opportunity of the match for each side.
Grinwis and Bergsma combined to make three stops. The Spartans had nine corners to six for Michigan. Pereira and Arnone led U-M in shots with three.
U-M returns home to take on Northwestern on Saturday (Nov. 5) as the Wolverines will honor the program's seniors. Kickoff from U-M Soccer Stadium is slated 5 p.m.
Scoring, Time (Assist)
2nd -- MSU, Ryan Keener, 72:24 (Cyrus Saydee)
Shots: U-M 14, MSU 9
Shots on Goal: U-M 9, MSU 4
Saves: U-M 3 (Adam Grinwis 2, Tim Bergsma 1), MSU 9 (Jeremy Clark)
Corner Kicks: U-M 6, MSU 9
Cards: MSU, Ryan Keener, 47:37 (Yellow); U-M, Ezekiel Harris, 59:05 (Yellow); U-M, Fabio Pereira, 59:05 (Yellow); MSU, Mark Barone, 64:17 (Yellow); U-M, Noble Sullivan, 74:28 (Yellow); U-M, Kofi Opare, 82:56 (Yellow); MSU, Andrew Montague, 83:02 (Yellow); U-M, Adam Grinwis, 83:02 (Red).
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Steve Burns
On the game ... "We played well today and did a good job dictating the rhythm of the game for long periods that ended up with chances. Our effort was great on both sides of the ball. What we lacked today was a cutting edge in and around the goal. It's one thing to generate chances and shots, it's another thing to score goals. The game boiled down to a restart. Give MSU credit as they made the play they needed to on an attacking corner kick to get the win."
On what's next for the team ... "We'll continue to train our team in order to find that edge around goal. Not one man is satisfied with the way our season is playing out. On Saturday, we'll say goodbye to our four seniors at home and look to
take some momentum out of the regular season and into the Big Ten Tournament."
Contact: Scott Kemps (734) 763-4423