Kreutz Powers Spartans to Win Over WMU, 2-1
Sept. 21, 2012
East Lansing, Mich. -- - Michigan State earned its first home victory on Friday afternoon, downing Western Michigan, 2-1. The Spartans improve to 3-5-1 overall, while Western Michigan falls to 7-2-0. Tim Kreutz had a goal and an assist for the Spartans, while Bryce Dobbins finished with six saves in the victory.
The first half was a scoreless affair, but MSU had a couple of decent chances that were one-on-one with keeper Adriano Deabreu, but he thwarted the chances. MSU's best chance came as the final seconds were ticking off the clock - Adam Montague sent the ball netward on a header, with Deabreu beat. Darren Jones cleared the ball off the line, preserving the clean sheet at the intermission.
Minutes later, the Spartans scored twice inside of 90 seconds to turn a scoreless draw into its first multiple-goal lead of the season. Kreutz scored in the 56th minute to got some redemption on the missed opportunity minutes before. Montague's header was saved by the keeper, and the rebound was put back by Kreutz for his first goal of the season.
The floodgates opened for the Spartans, as Luke Norman got his first goal as a Spartan in the 57th minute. Fatai Alashe pushed the ball into the final third for Kreutz, who sent a cross through the box for Norman at the left post. Norman had plenty of room, and his shot from six yards found its intended destination.
The Broncos cut into the lead in the 72nd minute, when Shane Lyons collected his own blocked shot at the top of the box and launched a hard, low shot that found the bottom right corner of the net.
MSU preserved the lead, keeping the Broncos from any serious scoring threats over the balance of the game. The best opportunity came when WMU was granted a free kick from 25 yards, but the kick by Darren Jones was blocked by the wall of Spartan defenders and cleared harmlessly away.
MSU is idle until next weekend, when it begins Big Ten play by hosting defending Big Ten regular-season and Tournament champion Northwestern next Sunday afternoon, Sept. 30. The day is a Big Ten Network doubleheader at DeMartin Stadium, with the women hosting Iowa at 1 p.m., followed by the men's game vs. the Wildcats at 3:30.
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