Bulldogs Fall At No. 13 Michigan State

Nicky Downs (Steve Musco photo)
Nicky Downs (Steve Musco photo)

Spartans Tough At Home

Yale learned what teams throughout the Big Ten have known for years. Michigan State's DeMartin Soccer Complex is a very difficult place to play. The Bulldogs made MSU work, creating a number of scoring chances, but ultimately dropped a 2-0 decision to the Spartans, who improved to 7-0-1 at home this season.

Michigan State (10-3-1) scored once in each half to come away with the win.

"Congrats to MSU on the result today," said Kylie Stannard, The 5K Corral Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "They're a first-class program and have a good team with some very good experience.  They're the third top 25 program we have played in the last couple of weeks, and we have competed very well against all of them. I will go to battle with our team against anyone at any time."

Yale turned in an equally solid performance against then No. 13 UConn last Tuesday night at Reese Stadium.

"I thought we defended very well overall, and we created more dangerous chances than we did against a similar UConn team so it's nice to see progress like that already, but we do need to capitalize on our chances better," Stannard said.

Andrew Herr got MSU on the board with a shot from the top of the box that found the net at 15:24.

The goal came shortly after Ollie Iselin narrowly missed a goal for the Bulldogs.

It stayed 1-0 until Ken Krolicki scored from the left side of the box at 78:12.

That goal came shortly after Kyle Kenagy had a shot stopped by Spartan goalkeeper Jimmy Hague, who earned the shutout.

Yale's defense limited Michigan State to only six shots in the game.

The Bulldogs return to New Haven and will host Penn on Saturday at 7 p.m.

"We will get some rest the next couple of days and get ready for alumni weekend against a good Penn team," Stannard said.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (timothy.bennett@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity