EAST LANSING, Mich. - In what has become an annual battle, No. 6 Michigan State men's soccer stopped No. 19 Bowling Green, 1-0, in a matchup of two previously undefeated teams under the lights of DeMartin Stadium Wednesday.
MSU Box Score vs. BGSU
With the victory, Michigan State improved to 6-0 for the first time since 1968. Overall, it is the Spartans' 10th 6-0 start to the season in school history. Bowling Green suffered its first blemish of the season, falling to 5-1, as the Falcons yielded their first goal of the season.
With the win, Michigan State now leads the overall series with Bowling Green, 23-16-6, and the Spartans are unbeaten in the last 16 meetings against the Falcons with a 15-0-1 mark over that span. MSU beat BGSU by a 1-0 score for the fifth-straight meeting in series history as part of the Spartans' 12th 1-0 win over the Falcons in their 23 wins in the series.
"I wasn't concerned about the offense tonight because we had two or three sure goals that the goalie pulled out of there, out of the net. We created good chances, and that was the first goal that Bowling Green allowed against them this year," MSU head coach Damon Rensing said. "I thought we stayed poised, didn't get too excited and anxious. It was a very professional win."
Despite out-shooting the Falcons, 8-0, in the first half, the Spartans were unable to find the back of the net in the first half. MSU was aggressive from the beginning of the match but BGSU goalkeeper Anthony Mwembia showed why he hadn't allowed a goal all season with some key saves.
The Spartans finally broke through in the 53rd minute to take the 1-0 lead. After a Falcon handball was called in the box, junior forward Ryan Sierakowski converted the penalty kick for his first goal of the season.
"As a striker it always feels good to score goals. The first five games; it wasn't me. It was someone else, and that shows that we have more than just me on the attack, so that's great. I'm glad if I'm not scoring, I can assist, I can free up other guys. As long as I'm contributing, I'm happy. I got the goal today, so hopefully the floodgates will open," Sierakowski added.
Michigan State now hits the road for the annual battle for the Big Bear trophy against No. 18 Michigan on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 12 p.m. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
- MSU beat BGSU by a 1-0 score for the fifth-straight meeting in series history as part of the Spartans' 12th 1-0 win over the Falcons in their 23 wins in the series. Furthermore, MSU's last seven wins over BGSU have been by a one-goal differential.
- Five different Spartans' played the full 90 minutes.
- Spartan head coach Damon Rensing now has 96 career wins at MSU with a 96-58-22 record in nine seasons.