Oct. 10, 2012
East Lansing, Mich. -- - Michigan State posted a 1-0 victory over Detroit in a mid-week non-conference tilt at DeMartin Stadium. Luke Norman had the lone goal for MSU, which improves to 5-6-1 overall. Freshman keeper Zach Bennett picked up his second straight victory and first career shutout, posting two saves on the afternoon.
"We knew this was going to be a tough game. I give our guys a lot of credit, because we had chances and stayed the course," said head coach Damon Rensing. "What's important too is we got the shutout win, which we hadn't done yet this season."
The only goal of the game came in the 87th minute. A foul was called at the cusp of the final third, giving MSU an indirect kick. Domenic Barone tapped it to Ryan Thelen, who launched the long ball netward. Keeper Nate Steinwascher made the save, but the rebound came out to Luke Norman, who took a touch and fired it from six yards, netting his team-best third goal of the season.
MSU played the final 15 minute man-up, as Cameron Roberts was flagged with a red card after a collision with Cody Henderson. In all, Detroit received four yellow cards and the red card; MSU had one yellow card on the afternoon (Norman).
Bennett, who drew his first collegiate start on Sunday at Ohio State, was forced to make just two saves on the afternoon. He improves his GAA to 0.50 on the season, recording his first collegiate shutout.
"It was pretty fun, and it was pretty exciting for me to get the win at home," admitted Bennett.
MSU outshot its guests 12-3, including a 6-2 edge in shots on net. MSU had seven corners to Detroit's two, and had 12 fouls to the Titans' 13.
The Spartans will be back in action on Sunday at Penn State. The game will air live on the Big Ten Network.