Aug. 29, 2012
East Lansing, Mich. -- - The Spartan men's soccer team scored two goals off headers to post its first victory of the season, a 2-1 win over Bowling Green on Wednesday night. Domenic Barone had the game-winning goal and assisted on Adam Montague's first-half marker as the Spartans evened their record at 1-1-1 on the season.
"First, it was great to see the ball go in the net," admitted head coach Damon Rensing, who's team played a pair of double-overtime tilts last weekend without a score. "We certainly created enough chances last Sunday, but had nothing to show for it. We knew that today would be a tough road game, and I thought we came out with a great mentality and moved the ball well.
We were patient, and got that great goal with eight seconds left in the first half," continued Rensing. "I also thought that we started the second half well, and created a couple of chances. After we gave up a deflection goal in the run of play, I give credit to our guys because they were determined - we got the game winner with about 12 minutes to play, and then dug in to hold on to it. It was a good road win, but now we have to turn our attention to an even tougher home game against UConn on Monday."
The Spartans, who struggled with many near-misses in a scoreless draw with Valparaiso and a heartbreaking 1-0 double-overtime loss last weekend, finally broke through with their first goal of the season with just eight seconds remaining in the first half. Ryan Thelen fed Barone, who's cross was headed in by Montague for MSU's first goal of the season.
In the second half, the home team knotted the score in the 57th minute. Zach Lemke had the score for the Falcons, assisted by Chris McLean and Anthony Grant.
The Spartans got the clincher from Barone in the 77th minute. Senior transfer Luke Norman recorded his first point in a Spartan uniform as he set up Barone's header, the eventual game-winner.
The Spartans held the edge in shots (11-8) and shots on goal (7-3), and had 12 fouls to the Falcons' 10. Junior keeper Bryce Dobbins made two saves in earning the MSU victory.
The Spartans return to work to prepare for top-ranked Connecticut, which comes to MSU on Monday for a 1 p.m. matinee.