It was another one up, another one down for Todd Yeagley & Co. as they took down No. 12 Michigan State in dramatic fashion on Sunday at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
The Spartans (10-3-4, 4-2-2 B1G) played a tough first half, matching No. 2 Indiana (15-2, 8-0 B1G) in shots with six and earning six corner kicks to IU’s one.
In the second half the Hoosiers took over. They locked down the MSU attack, allowing just two shots in the second period of play. On the other end of the field IU created plenty of chances. They earned 10 corner kicks and took 12 shots but couldn’t break through to find the go-ahead goal.
It looked like the Hoosiers had taken the lead in the 86th minute. Trevor Swartz found himself on the end of a ball into the box and put it in the back of the net, but before the Hoosier faithful could get the celebration going a whistle blew—Swartz was called offside.
With no difference between the two sides in the first 90 minutes the match moved to overtime. In college soccer this means two more periods of play where any goal wins the match instantly. If no goal is scored by the end of the second period of overtime the game ends in a draw (in the regular season that is).
It didn’t take long for the Hoosiers to put some pressure on Michigan State. In the 98th minute Andrew Gutman received the ball at the top of the box and challenged his defender with a push toward goal. The senior then put a shot just wide of the defender on goal and forced the keeper to make a diving save. The keeper couldn’t hold onto the ball and Justin Rennicks flew toward the post to tap the ball in and win the match for the Hoosiers.
Here's the Spanish call of the goal from IU senior Juan Diego Alvarado because if you have the choice to hear the Spanish call of a big goal you should absolutely do it:
With the win IU becomes the first team to go 8-0 in Big Ten play since the conference expanded to nine teams in 2014 and the first team to win all of their Big Ten matches since Penn State went 6-0 in 2005.
The Hoosiers have also gone unbeaten in their last 36 Big Ten matches. They’ve gone 23-0-13 since losing to Ohio State on Oct. 10, 2015.
With the regular season over it’s tournament time for the Hoosiers. They’ll be the top seed in the Big Ten Tournament, opening up against the winner of the 8/9 game between Northwestern and Ohio State on Saturday at Bill Armstrong Stadium.