On Sunday the Michigan State men’s soccer team played their first conference game of the season away in Evanston, Illinois at Northwestern University. There the Spartans came through in a clutch as Adam Montague scored in the final minute of the second overtime; giving the Spartans a 3-2 win over the Wildcats and starting their Big Ten play at 1-0.
“I think all the credit goes to our players,” says Spartan head coach Damon Rensing. “They deserve this game. I thought they played well. They dealt with some adversity within the game, but never gave up and it’s a credit to our guys. I said going into the game that they are the two-time defending regular-season champs, so if we want to challenge for the title and put ourselves in a position at the end of this season, it goes through Evanston. Winning in the Big Ten itself is hard enough, but to win in the Big Ten on the road is even harder. So for us to do that is a great result.”
Wildcat Chris Ritter opened up the scoring in the 47th minute with a free kick from two yards left outside box. Spartan Ryan Thelen answered in the 74th minute with an unassisted goal from 25 yards out off a blocked shot.
Two and a half minutes later Tim Kreutz gave the Spartans a 2-1 lead scored from six yards out, assisted by Montague. Wildcat Lepe Seetane tied it up in the 86th minute with an assist from Chris Ritter.
Then finally in the second overtime, and 109th minute of the game, Montague notched the winning goal.
The Spartans are now 7-1-1 overall and are looking forward to their next match against The Ohio State University on Sunday.
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