Spartans Fall at No. 5 UConn, 2-1
Sept. 1, 2011
Storrs, Conn. - The Michigan State men's soccer team battled the No. 5 Connecticut Huskies to the limit on Thursday in Storrs, Conn., but their late chances could not find the back of the net and the Spartans fell, 2-1. The Spartans are now 0-2 on the season, and will play Sunday at New Hampshire to complete their east coast trip.
The game, previously scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff but moved to 5 p.m. after Hurricane Irene left the area without power, headed into the intermission with the home team leading, 1-0. Mamadou Diouf was the goal scorer for the home team in the 15th minute, finishing a Carlos Alvarez pass with a header from eight yards out off the left-side corner.
Into the second half, MSU got an equalizer in the 53rd minute. Cody Henderson sent a cross from the right side, which Rubin Bega finished for his first goal of the season. The Huskies got the eventual game-winner in the 76th minute, when Max Wasserman sent a free kick from 25 yards out into the left side of the net.
The Spartans pushed to the final horn, however - and created some dangerous chances in the waning minutes. Mark Barone had a flick ricochet off the crossbar, and Rubin Bega headed the rebound high over the crossbar. However, UConn keeper Andre Blake (five saves) was up to the task, stoppoing the remaining shots he faced to held on for the Huskies win. Jeremy Clark finished with a pair of saves for MSU.
Connecticut had four corner kicks to MSU's three, and outshot the Spartans by a slim 13-12 edge. In shots on goal, MSU had six to UConn's four. UConn also had an edge in fouls (16-13), and collected three yellow cards to MSU's one.
The Spartans will train on the east coast for the next two days, and play at New Hampshire on Sunday at 1 p.m.
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