Tulsa, Okla. – Spartan men’s football couldn’t get over a quick start from No. 24 Tulsa, as the Golden Hurricane stopped MSU, 5-1, on Saturday night at Hurricane Soccer & Track Stadium.
“It was a difficult result. I don’t think the score is indicative of how we played, but Tulsa are certainly a very good team. We can’t give up those many goals,” said the coach. -Head of MSU. Damon Rensing noted. “It was a tough start giving up two quick goals. I thought the team really reacted. We led the game 2-1 and we were really starting to find a rhythm. Then we were beaten on the block and that penalty was tough and kind of broke us. “
The Golden Hurricane jumped onto the board first in the fourth minute as Alex Meinhard cut through the Spartan defense for the unassisted goal. Tulsa made it 2-0 in the 10th minute, when Ben Barkley found Malik Henry-Scott for his third goal of the season.
In the 19th minute, the Spartans entered the table. Senior midfielder Jack Beck’s corner kick found the head of Luc Morrell, who headed for the net to make it a 2-1 game. The shot was the first of the game for Michigan State. With his first goal of the season, Morrell was the sixth Spartan of the season to find the back of the net.
In the 32nd minute, junior Conner George shot down a Golden Hurricane player in the box, leading to a penalty. Meinhard scored his second goal of the game as Tulsa led 3-1. The hurricane added one more before the end of the half.
Michigan State came out almost in the second half with shots on goal from the first-year midfielder Jacob Cromer and senior striker Farai mutatu.
The Spartan defense tightened in the second half with the first-year keeper Lance McGrane take over in the goal. Michigan State kept Tulsa off the scoreboard until the 83rd minute. Takayoshi Wyatt took a assist from Henry Sach and Til Zinnhardt to make it a 5-1 game.
Michigan State continues its three-game road trip against regional rival Notre Dame on Tuesday, September 14 at 7 p.m.