Nov. 11, 2012
Site: Lakeside Field (Evanston, Ill.)
Event: Big Ten Tournament (Final)
Score: Michigan State 2, Michigan 1 (OT)
Records: U-M (10-9-1), Michigan State (11-9-1)
Next Match: Monday, Nov. 12 -- NCAA Selection Show (NCAA.com), 5:30 p.m. EST
EVANSTON, Ill. -- In a match that featured 30-mile-per-hour winds throughout, the third-seeded University of Michigan men's soccer team was defeated 2-1 by the No. 5 seed Michigan State Spartans in the final of the 2012 Big Ten Tournament Sunday (Nov. 11) at Northwestern's Lakeside Field. The Wolverines equalized in the 88th minute as freshman James Murphy (Oxford, England/Henry Box School) assisted on a junior T.J. Roehn (Tampa, Fla./South Florida) score with 2:42 remaining, but a Sean Conerty score in the 98th minute proved to be the difference.
Michigan's NCAA Tournament berth hopes will be made known Monday (Nov. 12) at 5:30 p.m. CST on the NCAA Selection Show, which will be broadcast live on NCAA.com.
The Wolverines' first opportunity came in the 17th minute, when junior Fabio Pereira (Sao Paolo, Brazil/South Kent [Conn.]) bent in a set-piece from 25 yards out to that found the head of a leaping senior Kofi Opare (Niagara Falls, Ontario/St. Paul). However, the ensuing attempt was headed high and wide.
The Spartans, who were with the wind in the opening 45 minutes, got on the board in the 38th minute, as striker Adam Montague buried a rocket from 22 yards out to give the Spartans the 1-0 lead; it was the first goal the U-M defense has conceded in 260-plus minutes.
The Spartans carried a 10-3 shot advantage and the 1-0 score line lead heading into the intermission.
The Maize and Blue began the second half with the wind and had a chance in the 54th minute as junior Ezekiel Harris (Flint, Mich./Carman-Ainsworth)fired a shot near post that was smothered by Michigan State goalkeeper Zach Bennett.
The Wolverines found the equalizer in the 88th minute, as Murphy, off a feed from junior/sophomore Tyler Arnone (Hicksville, N.Y./Hicksville), headed a pass into the box to the foot of Roehn, who flicked one home from eight yards out, sending the match into overtime.
Michigan State found the difference-maker at the 97:11 mark, however, as Conerty settled a ball on the left flank. With the wind at this back, he ripped a shot from beyond the 18-yard box that sailed in to give the Spartans the game-winner.
Shots: U-M 13, MSU 15
Shots on Goal: U-M 7, MSU 8
Saves: U-M 6 (Adam Grinwis), MSU 6 (Zach Bennett)
Corner Kicks: U-M 2, MSU 4
Cards: U-M, Jack Brown, 79:45 (Yellow); MSU, Ryan Keener, 87:53 (Yellow); MSU, Fatai Alashe, 96:07 (Yellow).
2012 BIG TEN ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Adam Montaque, Michigan State
Kevin Cope, Michigan State
T.J. Roehn, Michigan
Adam Grinwis, Michigan
Kyle Schickel, Northwestern
Jarrett Baugham, Northwestern
Minh Vu, Penn State,
Brian Forgue, Penn State
Chris Gomez, Ohio State
Paul Yonga, Wisconsin
Eriq Zavaleta, Indiana
Offensive Player of the Tournament: Adam Montague
Defensive Player of the Tournament: Kevin Cope
N O T E S
• Michigan State outshot Michigan, 10-3, in the first half with the wind at its back, while Michigan outshot Michigan State, 10-3, in the second half with the wind.
• Nine of the 10 Michigan starters (field players) had at least one shot in the match.
• With his 83rd career start against Northwestern, senior tri-captain Latif Alashe has now started the most matches in U-M history, surpassing Ryan Sterba (2002-05). Alashe has seen his name in the starting 11 every game during his four years in Ann Arbor. He also earned the program record for most matches played in program history.
• The goal by Adam Montague snaps a 260-plus minute scoreless streak for U-M opponents and snaps Grinwis' three-match shutout streak.
• With the defeat, the Wolverines fall to 10-12-1 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament.