No. 23 MSU Downs Providence, 4-0
Sept. 9, 2010
East Lansing, Mich. - Michigan State scored twice in each half to post a 4-0 victory in the men's soccer team's home opener on Thursday. Four different players found the back of the net for the Spartans, who posted their first shutout of the season and improved to 2-1-0 on the year.
The Spartans took a 2-0 lead into halftime. They jumped on the board early in the half, as Mark Barone got his first of the season off a corner play. Barone headed in the feed from Spencer Thompson on the left side in the 15th minute.
With under two minutes remaining in the half, the Spartans got their second of the day. Freshman Tim Kreutz sent a cross into the box from the right side, and junior Brent Rosendall finished the play for his second goal of the season.
The Spartan lead could have been larger, but they had a goal called back in the 28th minute. Spencer Thompson had what appeared to be his first goal of the season, but it was whistled back on an offsides call.
MSU added second-half goals a minute apart to push their lead to 4-0. In the 66th minute, Jake Fullerton took a pass from Cyrus Saydee , moved into the right side of the box, and sent a sharp-angle shot into the net. Less than a minute later, Thompson had the ball on the right side, drew the keeper out of position, and slid a pass through the box for Rubin Bega, who netted his second of the season.
With the commanding lead, Avery Steinlage's afternoon was finished, and he made way for Jeremy Clark. The pair shared the first team shutout of the season, and Steinlage picked up his second win of the year.
The Spartans continue the weekend homestand when they host Niagara on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. The game is the nightcap of a women's-men's doubleheader at DeMartin Stadium; the women face off with Loyola (Chicago) at noon.
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