Wolverines Blanked at Michigan State in Regular-Season Finale
Fabio Pereira

Nov. 9, 2013

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Site: East Lansing, Mich. (DeMartin Stadium)
Score: Michigan State 2, Michigan 0
Records: U-M (8-6-3, 3-3 Big Ten), Michigan State (10-4-3, 3-2-1 Big Ten)
Attendance: 2,445
Next U-M Match: Wednesday, Nov. 13 -- vs. Indiana - Big Ten Tournament (Columbus, Ohio)

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's soccer team fell to the No. 18 Michigan State Spartans, 2-0, on Saturday (Nov. 9) in front of 2,455 fans at MSU's DeMartin Stadium. The Wolverines outshot the Spartans, 10-0, in the first half but were outshot, 18-4, in the second stanza as MSU netted two goals within two minutes of each other -- in the 61st and 63rd minutes of play.

The most promising first-half opportunity for the Wolverines came in the 23rd minute, when senior Fabio Pereira (Sao Paulo, Brazil/South Kent School (Conn.)) beat a Spartan defender on the left touchline, dodging and weaving inside the six. However, the ensuing right-footed flick was stopped by MSU goalkeeper Zach Bennett, one of his five saves in the first half of action.

The second stanza was a different story, as MSU outshot the Wolverines, 6-1, in the first 13 minutes of play. A turning point in the match came in the 60th minute, when U-M center back Jack Brown (Ann Arbor, Mich./Detroit Country Day) was issued a straight red card for taking down a Michigan State player on a breakaway chance.

Against a 10-man side, MSU was rewarded for the pressure in the 61st minute of action, as Kyle Rutz headed home a ball from 15 yards out to give the Spartans the 1-0 lead.

A little more than two minutes later, a handball on a Michigan defender inside the 18 resulted in a Spartan penalty kick, which MSU's Fatai Alashe converted lower left.

Playing shorthanded and trailing 2-0, U-M had only two shots on frame the rest of the way; the first coming off the foot of sophomore James Murphy (Oxford, England/Henry Box School) in the 76th minute and the latter coming in the 87th minute off a shot that seemed destined for upper-90 from senior/junior Tyler Arnone (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville), but Bennett turned away both tries.

Junior/sophomore goalie Adam Grinwis (Ada, Mich. Forest Hills) made eight saves on the day, all in the second stanza.

With the regular season concluded, U-M will now focus its sights on the 2013 Big Ten Tournament as the No. 4 seed beginning Wednesday (Nov. 13). U-M will be pitted against the defending NCAA champion Indiana Hoosiers, whom U-M defeated, 2-1, on Oct. 26 in Ann Arbor. The tournament, hosted by Ohio State, will take place in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. Please check back to MGoBlue.com and on Twitter @UmichSoccer for further details.


By Periods 1 2 F
Michigan State 0 2 2
Michigan 0 0 0

Scoring, Time (Assist)
2nd -- MSU, Kyle Rutz, 60:15 (Sean Conerty, Ryan Thelen)
2nd -- MSU, Fatai Alashe, 62:20 (penalty kick)

Shots: U-M 14, Michigan State 18
Shots on Goal: U-M 7, Michigan State 10
Saves: U-M 8 (Adam Grinwis), Michigan State 7 (Zach Bennett)
Corner Kicks: U-M 4, Michigan State 2
Cards: U-M, Lars Eckenrode, 41:22 (Yellow); U-M, Adam Grinwis (Yellow), 48:05; U-M Jack Brown (Red), 59:11; U-M Dylan Mencia (Yellow), 60:15; U-M, Ezekiel Harris (Yellow), 67:59.

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