EAST LANSING, Mich. - The No. 10 Michigan State men's soccer team picked up a 3-0 victory over Florida International Sunday at DeMartin Stadium. The team concluded its opening weekend with two shutouts and is now 2-0-0 to start 2014.
"Both teams won on Friday and I think both teams wanted to come out and get something on Sunday," said MSU head coach Damon Rensing. "I thought our mentality from start to finish was very good. I thought we showed a very mature performance that had some glimpses of what we're capable of doing."
In the first half, the Spartan offense ramped up in the eighth minute of play, earning two close shots from red-shirt freshman Brian Winterfield and senior Ryan Keener. Senior Fatai Alashe got the first goal one minute later when he converted a penalty kick.
In the 24th minute, Zach Carroll made it 2-0 Spartans when he scored on a loose ball off a corner kick. Jason Stacy's corner kick bounced off Winterield to Carroll, who got his first goal as a Spartan.
"It feels awesome to get it in the second game of the season," said Carroll. "Being able to celebrate with the guys was a great feeling."
Michigan State finished the first half with eight shots.
In the second half, senior Adam Montague picked up his first goal of the season in the 66th minute, with assists from freshman Ken Krolicki and sophomore Andrew Herr. It marked Montague's 19th goal as a Spartan.
The Spartan defense held strong in the final stages to close out the game at 3-0. Junior goalkeeper Zach Bennett grabbed a single save in his second shutout of the season.
"[The defense] has definitely come together as a unit," Carroll said. "We still have room for improvement. The fact that we got two shutouts and we're still not at our best is a good thought."
On the day, Michigan State totaled 14 shots, six of which were on goal.
"We set out with some goals like limiting chances," said Rensing. "I thought we limited chances. We certainly created some chances. We scored a goal and didn't stop, pushed for the second. I thought we controlled the middle part of the second half very well and got the third goal. I thought it was pretty good the rest of the game."
Michigan State will play its first road game of the year at UIC on Friday, Sept. 5 at 8 p.m.