Bega Nets Goal, Assist in Road Win at New Hampshire
Sept. 4, 2011
East Lansing, Mich. - The Michigan State men's soccer team got their first win of the season on Sunday at New Hampshire, as senior Rubin Bega (Harper Woods, Mich.) had a goal and an assist to pace the Spartans to a 3-0 victory over the Wildcats. Senior keeper Jeremy Clark (Sterling Heights, Mich.) made two saves for his first career shutout.
Obviously, we did not want to start 0-3, and I was really pleases with the way our seniors came out and set the tone today - and I think it shows in the box score," said head coach Damon Rensing. "Not that the rest of the team didn't play well, because I was very pleased with the way everyone played. But to see three seniors with goals - two of them with their first career goals - a shutout from Jeremy Clark, and really excellent play from Brent Rosendall and Cyrus Saydee, too - that was great senior leadership to get us feeling good again and maybe get back on track a little bit."
The Spartans dominated in shots (18-2), and also had the edge in shots on goal (6-2) and corner kicks (4-3). After some physical games in their first two contests, MSU had just four fouls to UNH's six, and no cards were issued in the contest. By contrast, the game against No. 5 UConn on Thursday featured a combined 29 fouls and four yellow cards.
MSU took a 2-0 lead with a pair of goals two and a half minutes apart in the opening frame. Senior Cyrus Saydee (Lansing, Mich.) passed to Garrett Back in the box, and he headed it into the right side for his first career tally. Minutes later, Bega got his second goal of the season, finishing off a Josh Barens (Diamondale, Mich)-to-Adam Montague (Sylvania, Ohio) sequence once Montague found Bega on the left side.
Bega set up teammate Joe Paljaj (Sterling Heights, Mich.) at the 79-minute mark for Paljaj's first career marker. Bega crossed it to Paljaj on the left side, and his shot found its mark in the left side.
Both of Clark's saves came in the second half. It is the senior's first career shutout.
The Spartans have a busy week ahead, with home games Friday against Georgetown (5 p.m.) and a home game against Marshall (2:30 p.m.) on Sunday. Fans in attendance both days will be treated to a doubleheader, as the Spartan women's team hosts Bowling Green on Friday (2:30 p.m.) and UC-Santa Barbara on Sunday.
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