No. 6 MSU Soccer Blanks No. 12 WMU
Junior forward Ryan Sierakowski scores his second-straight game-winning goal.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - In front of a record-setting crowd at WMU Soccer Complex, tough defense and timely offense led No. 6 Michigan State men’s soccer past No. 12 Western Michigan, 1-0, in front of over 3,000 fans on Wednesday.
MSU Box Score vs. WMU
“I want to commend our guys for coming into a really tough environment and playing a great game,” MSU head coach Damon Rensing said. “I think the 1-0 scoreline was a little bit unfortunate for us after we hit the post 3-4 times in the second half. I think that we played really well and managed a tough crowd. It is a sign of a good veteran team to come on the road and get another top 20 win.”
With the victory, the Spartans improve to 9-1-1 overall, while handing the Broncos just their second loss of the season (9-2-1). MSU is now 4-1-1 against ranked opponents this season.
The first half was a defensive battle with a total of only three shots. MSU had the slight first-half edge in shots 2-1.
At the 31:28 mark of the game, Western Michigan goalkeeper Drew Shepherd went down after a collision. Shepherd was replaced before halftime by redshirt junior Elijah Michaels.
MSU maintained control much of the second half, out-shooting the Broncos 10-6 in the second period.
In the 50th minute, the Spartans broke through to take the 1-0 lead. Junior forward Ryan Sierakowski continued his hot streak with his third goal in two games. Sierakowski slid the ball past Michaels after a stellar run by junior defender Connor Corrigan, who leads the team with six assists.
Despite a late push by WMU, redshirt goalkeeper Jimmy Hague was able to keep the clean sheet for his eighth shutout of the season.
The Spartans run of six-straight games against a ranked team comes to an end when MSU returns to Big Ten action, traveling to Wisconsin on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. ET.
- Michigan State is now 33-2-8 overall against Western Michigan, including 14-1-4 in Kalamazoo. The Spartans have not lost in Kalamazoo since 1980.
- With the win against Western Michigan, head coach Damon Rensing is just one win away from 100 career wins. Overall. He is 99-59-23 at MSU.
- Junior forward Ryan Sierakowski has had an offensive spurt, scoring three goals in the last two games, including the game winner against both No. 16 Ohio State and No. 12 Western Michigan.