Oct. 3, 2010
Columbus, Ohio - No. 11 Michigan State had its six-game winning streak, the longest in the Big Ten, snapped on Sunday when it dropped a 2-1 decision to No. 19 Ohio State in Columbus. The Spartans were sunk by a goal in the 65th minute, and they could not gain an equalizer over the balance of the contest.
Cold and rainy conditions greeted the Spartans in Columbus, with a gametime high of 50 degrees. Both teams struck early in the first half - Jeff Ricondo fed Cyrus Saydee in the left side of the penalty area, and the junior finished the play at 15:29, putting it into the lower right 90. It was his second goal of the season, and gives him 10 points on the season.
The home team countered just three and a half minutes later. Sam Scales scored on a header from five yards out off a centering pass from Chris Hegngi.
The game-winner came in the 65th minute. Keeper Matt Lampson initiated the play on a goal kick which went to Austin McAnena, and McAnena finished it with a shot from the left side for the game-winning tally. The Spartans couldn't gain the equalizer, and suffered their first loss in almost a calendar month.
"I thought we started well, especially getting that early goal," said head coach Damon Rensing. "It was a shame, though, that we turned around and gave one right back just three and a half minutes later. That's something we just can't do on the road in a Big Ten game. I thought we had some chances in the second half, and just had a lapse that led to their second goal. Credit to Ohio State - they are a good team, and they battled hard, too. We'll just have to learn from this, but I thought we had a pretty good road effort."
Each team had five corner kicks, and OSU had the 3-2 edge in shots on net, and also in shot attempts (15 - 7).
The Spartans will look to get back to their winning ways with a non-conference tilt at DeMartin Stadium on Wednesday. MSU will host New Hampshire in a game that starts at 4 p.m.