Miller’s Golden Goal Pushes Spartans Past Wisconsin

Michigan State University
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MADISON, Wis. - Junior midfielder Michael Miller bent in a corner kick in the 94th minute, as Michigan State men’s soccer edged Wisconsin, 2-1, in overtime Sunday at McClimon Memorial Soccer Complex. The win was MSU’s first win in extra time this season.

“I am happy for the guys; any win in the Big Ten is a good win. I thought that our first half was very good. It good to see Alex get a goal, and I think that was due to some pressure that we put on them. In the second half, I was a little disappointed in our lull. We didn’t play well for about 10 minutes and that resulted in a goal,” MSU head coach Damon Rensing said. “I thought that Farai (Mutatu) was dangerous all game, and he created the corner kick in overtime. It was a really well-placed ball for Miller on the corner kick.”

With the win, the Spartans improve to 2-6-2 overall and 2-1-0 in Big Ten action. Both of Michigan State’s wins have been on the road. Wisconsin is now 2-8-1 overall and 0-2-1 in league play. This was the Spartans’ first win in Madison since 2007.

The Spartans scored first for just the second time this season. In the 20th minute, redshirt-sophomore midfielder Alex Shterenberg scored for the second time this season, taking a rebound of his own shot and blasting it past UW goalkeeper Dean Cowdroy.

After 45 minutes, MSU still led 1-0, out-shooting the Badgers 4-2.

In the second half, Wisconsin game out aggressive, out-shooting Michigan State 5-4.

In the 66th minute, the Badgers tied the score with Duncan Storey’s first goal of the season. Storey’s long-distance shot slipped past the Spartan backline and was just out of reach of redshirt-sophomore goalkeeper Hunter Morse.

At the end of regulation, Michigan State had a flurry of offensive chances with shots from sophomore forward Farai Mutatu and sophomore midfielder Jack Beck, but the Spartans couldn’t find the back of the net. MSU then headed to its fourth overtime game of the season.

Less than four minutes into overtime, Mutatu earned a corner kick. Miller’s corner kick bent past the out-stretched Cowdroy to give Michigan State the extra-time win.

“We will take any bounce that we can get the way that things are going this season, but I have always said that you have to create your won bounces. We put some pressure on them at the end of the game and overtime. We created corner kicks, and corner kicks can decide games,” Rensing said.

For the game, Michigan State out-shot Wisconsin, 9-7, while MSU had seven corner kicks to none for the Badgers.

Michigan State now returns home to take on Maryland on Friday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.