Oct. 7, 2012
Columbus, Ohio - Michigan State evened its Big Ten record with a 2-1 victory over Ohio State in Columbus on Sunday afternoon. Senior Luke Norman and freshman Sean Conerty had the Spartan scores, while Zach Bennett made four saves in his collegiate debut.
MSU scored both its goals less than two minutes apart, and held off a Buckeye rally to improve to 4-6-1 on the season, 1-1 in the Big Ten. Ohio State falls to 4-7-1, 0-3-0 in Conference play.
"I think it was a good team win - its just so tough to win on the road in the Big Ten," said head coach Damon Rensing. "I thought that the first half was pretty even, and OSU had a couple more dangerous chances there. I thought we raised our level in the second half. I thought it was great to see that we're getting some contributions from some different guys. We're certainly also happy with Zach Bennett having such a strong outing for his first start . Overall, just lot of guys with really solid efforts today."
Norman opened the scoring in the 68th minute. Blake Skamiera set up the senior, who's shot from the top of the penalty area found the inside of the far left post.
Just under two minutes later, Conerty scored what would stand as the game-winner, his first collegiate tally. He scored on a shot that came from the far side and found the bottom right corner of the net.
The home team cut the lead in half in the 81st minute, as Zach Dobey set up Yianni Sarris. Sarris' shot came from 12 yards out and found its target, the near left side of the net. It was his first goal of the year.
The Spartan defense locked down and denied the Buckeyes a shot over the balance of the game, getting Bennett his first collegiate victory.
Ohio State held an edge in overall shots (14-10), fouls (16-11) and corner kicks (6-4), but MSU edged its host in shots on goal (6-5). Each keeper finished with four saves.
The Spartans are back in action on Wednesday, in a game against the University of Detroit at 4 p.m. MSU's road game at Penn State next Sunday brings the team back into Conference play, and the 3 p.m. game will air live on the Big Ten Network.