East Lansing, Michigan – Three different Spartans found the back of the net, as MSU’s men’s soccer team scored three unanswered goals to stop Oakland, 3-1, on Friday night at a rowdy DeMartin stadium.
MSU improves to 2-1 to open its season-opener four-game homestand, while Oakland drops to 0-2-1.
“It was a great vibe. I wasn’t sure with the football, but the 9pm kick probably helped. The students and the Rowdies were awesome, and the community really turned out. was a big character victory for our guys here, after a tough loss to Akron, “MSU head coach Damon Rensing noted. “We started really well and then we gave up that goal out of the blue. Other than that we had a really good team performance. I’m very proud of the guys, and it’s a good step for this team. . “
In their first game against a state rival, the Spartans controlled play early in the first half, but it was the Golden Grizzlies who found the back of the net first. In the ninth minute, Dylan Borczak found Mikey Ketterman, who passed the ball over the head of the MSU keeper. Morse Hunter for his first goal of the season.
After Oakland took a 1-0 lead, Michigan State took control. After attempts blocked by the senior midfielder Michael miller and midfielder in second year Jack Zugay, it was redshirt-junior defender Will perkins who found the equalizer. In the 19th minute, Perkins and the junior striker Gianni Ferri came from the right side exchanging passes. Ferri eventually found Perkins, who slid the ball past OU goalkeeper Alessio Carbone to tie the score.
Less than three minutes later, the senior striker Farai mutatu scored the eventual winner of the match for his first goal of the season. In the 22nd minute, Mutatu detonated an absolute firecracker on a ball from another senior Jack Beck to give MSU the 2-1 advantage.
“We were aggressive and kept the pressure on them. At goal, Gianni played me a good ball and I felt the defender behind my back. I thought I had space behind me to shoot and turn. You don’t. score if you don’t shoot, so I just tried to get it on target. I’m happy to have a goal, “said Mutatu.
The first half ended with the Spartans maintaining their 2-1 lead. Michigan State was solid on offense for the first 45 minutes, edging Oakland, 10-3.
The Spartans came out hot in the second half, but failed to convert in the final third. Elders Louis sala and Miller both had shots on goal within the first 10 minutes of the second half.
Although he beat the Grizzlies 10-4 in the second half, it wasn’t until the 86th minute that MSU found the back of the net. A pass from Miller found Sala, who fought around an OU defender. The shot dribbled to give the Spartans the decisive 3-1 lead.
The Spartans are ending their four-game home stint, facing Bowling Green on September 6 at 2 p.m. in a Labor Day battle.