Oct. 21, 2012
East Lansing, Mich. - Michigan State got a goal in each half and recorded a 2-0 victory over visiting Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon at DeMartin Stadium. Michigan State evened its overall and Big Ten record with the win over the Badgers, as it stands at 7-7-1, and 2-2-0 in Conference action. Wisconsin falls to 5-7-3, 1-3-0 Big Ten.
MSU, which has won four of its last five and five of its last seven contests, remains in fifth place in the Big Ten Standings with two games left to play. For the fifth straight season, the game between MSU and Wisconsin went in favor of the home team.
"I think the first thing is that we've had two shutouts this week," said head coach Damon Rensing. "I think we've done a good job of creating chances and getting those goals. I think that our guys have figured out that we have to play as a unit, and they are really enjoying what's coming from that."
Freshman Zach Bennett made his fifth straight start, and tied his season high with four saves. He posted his third shutout of the season and second in a row. He and the team own a shutout streak of 222:48 over the last two-plus games.
The Spartans had the first good chance of the afternoon, as Domenic Barone was fouled as he commanded the ball in the final third in the 19th minute. Badger defender AJ Cochran received a yellow card on the play. Barone lined up at the top of the box for a direct kick, but his low shot around the Badger wall was saved by Rau, the Wisconsin keeper.
Cody Henderson was fouled in the area in the 27th minute, putting the Spartans in another great position to take an early lead. Barone lined up for the penalty kick, and his low, hard shot found its intended destination in the bottom left corner of the net.
MSU added to its lead in the 59th minute. Nick Wilson charged into the area and launched a sharp-angle shot that was saved by Rau. Adam Montague collected the rebound, and fired a hard shot that got the upper netting on the left side.
Tim Kreutz made a nice run with just under 10 minutes remaining. The Spartans charged through midfield with an odd-man advantage, and Kreutz carried it into the offensive third. His sharp-angle shot skimmed the bottom of the left post, narrowly missing on a third goal for the Spartans on the day.
MSU will host Indiana next Sunday, a game which will also serve as Senior Day for three Spartan seniors. Gametime is at 1 p.m.