For the first time in program history the Michigan State men’s soccer team defeated the Northern Illinois Huskies. Finishing the match with a score of 2-0, the Spartans record their fifth shutout of the season and improve their record to 5-1-1.
The keys for this victory for the Spartans were focused defensive play, clutch offensive moves, and another solid performance from their goalkeeper Zach Bennett. Bennett again has shutout the Spartan opponent for the fifth time this season. In this game the sophomore from Plano, Texas recorded seven saves, denying the Huskies from getting on the scoreboard.
The Spartans opened up the scoreboard in the 70th minute of the game when Jay Chapman scored off a rebound from a corner kick. He was assisted by Fatai Alashe and Sean Conerty. In the 75th minute, Ryan Keener made the score 2-0 Spartans with a header off of a corner kick. The assist is credited to Ryan Thelen.
Even before MSU was finally able to score, they had plenty of close chances to take the lead earlier in the game. Chapman led the team with five shots on goal, followed by Tim Kreutz with four. Huskies net-minder Andrew Glaeser was able to stop 11 shots for the game out of 13.
Now the Spartan will prepare for their match on Tuesday. The team will travel and play away at University of Illinois-Chicago.
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