Nov. 2, 2006
Columbus, Ohio - No. 2 Ohio State captured a 3-1 victory over seventh-seed Michigan State in the quarterfinal round of the 2006 Big Ten Men's Soccer Championship at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. In the final two minutes of the game, sophomore Geoff Marsh broke through the MSU defense and notched a shot off of the right post to advance the Buckeyes to Friday's semifinal round.
In the first half, the OSU offense kept Michigan State goalkeeper Jason Tillman busy, putting up four shots on goal in the first half. Marsh registered a shot off the right corner, but Tillman notched his first save of the game. In the 20-minute mark, junior forward Xavier Balc nearly found the net but Tillman safely nabbed it. Two minutes later, Ryan Kustos looked to score for the Buckeyes with a shot off the left corner, however Tillman again registered a diving save.
Despite Ohio State threatening throughout the first half, Michigan State got on the board first when Ben Pirmann passed to junior Rauwshan McKenzie, who headed the ball into the upper right corner of the goal and past OSU keeper Casey Latchem.
Ohio State came firing back offensively, evening the score at the 42nd mark when junior Eric Edwards notched a goal off a rebound from a shot from senior Jim Fisher. The assist was the fourth of Fisher's career and the Buckeyes headed into halftime with a 1-1 tie.
In the second half, Ohio State continued to control offensively, firing away on Michigan State, but Tillman defended well until the 73rd mark. Ohio State's Brent Rohrer and Taylor Korpieski darted through the Spartan defense and dished a shot to Balc, who sent it sailing between the posts for his seventh score of the season.
Marsh made it 3-1 when he dribbled untouched for over 50 yards in MSU's 18-yard box, side-stepped a Spartan defender and then sent the ball to the back of the net at the 89th mark.
Ohio State held a 12-5 shot advantage in the first half and 19-6 for the game. Michigan State falls to 10-7-2 on the season, while the Buckeyes improve to 10-6-3 overall and advance to Friday's semifinal round where they will face No. 6 Michigan at 7:30 p.m.