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    Spartans Advance to B1G Championship with 1-0 Win Over NU

    Nov. 15, 2013

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    Michigan State No. 20 Michigan State 1, Northwestern 0
    Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium • Columbus, Ohio • Attendance: 218

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    COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 20 Michigan State eliminated Northwestern (10-7-3, 2-5-1) in the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Friday at Ohio State.

    The Spartans (12-4-3, 5-2-1) advanced to the Big Ten Championship and will play Indiana Sunday.

    “I was really proud of their performance. We threw everything we had at them,” head coach Tim Lenahan said. “Michigan State’s a veteran team. It’s tough to break them down, but we had a couple of good looks at the goal.”

    Michigan State scored the game’s opening goal 24 minutes into the contest. Following a Northwestern turnover, the Spartan’s Fatai Alashe controlled the ball and hit a solid straight on shot low, getting in the goal from 25 yards out. Michigan State took a 1-0 lead.

    With 16 minutes remaining in the first half, Northwestern went on the attack, looking to answer. Senior Lepe Seetane controlled the ball seven yards in front of the Spartans goal, however his shot went high and it remained 1-0 MSU.

    The Wildcats had another attacking chance but could not capitalize. Cole Missimo brought the ball in to Scott Lakin, who passed to Eric Weberman in the middle of the field, but the Spartans defense blocked the shot. The rebound went to Seetane, but a shot attempt went high.

    After going into halftime trailing 1-0, the ‘Cats had a great opportunity to tie the game. Lakin placed a perfectly played ball to the center of the field. Nikko Boxall was able to get his head on it, but the ball went just inches high above the crossbar.

    The Hoosiers advanced to the Big Ten Finals, defeating top seeded Penn State in penalty kicks. 


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