Takeaways, observations from Michigan State’s lopsided win vs. Youngstown State

 Tulsa, Okla. - Spartan men's soccer No. 24 couldn't surpass Tulsa's fast start as the Golden Hurricane stopped MSU, 5-1, at Hurricane Soccer & Track Stadium on Saturday night.

MSU head coach Damon Rensing said, "It was a tough result. I don't think the score was an indication of how we played, but of course Tulsa is a very good team. We can't miss that many goals." "Leaving two quick goals was a tough start. I thought the team really reacted. We got the game 2-1, and we were really starting to find a rhythm. Then we lost on the counter and that penalty kick was a one." was tough and broke us."

The Golden Hurricane first jumped on the board in the fourth minute when Alex Meinhard cut the Spartan defense for an unassisted goal. Tulsa drew 2–0 in the 10th minute when Ben Barkley found Malick Henry-Scott for his third goal of the season.

The Spartans got on board in the 19th minute. Senior midfielder Jack Beck's cornerkick got the head of Luke Morell, who went into 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, Morel was the sixth Spartan of the season to find the back of the net.

In the 32nd minute, Junior Connor George dropped a Golden Hurricane player into the box, triggering a penalty kick. Meinhard earned his second goal of the game as Tulsa took a 3–1 lead. Hurricane added another before the half ended.

Michigan State came out swiftly in the second half with shots fired by freshman midfielder Jacob Kroemer and senior forward Farai Mutatu.

The Spartan defense tightened in the second half with new goalkeeper Lance McGrain scoring a goal. Michigan State kept Tulsa off the scoreboard until the 83rd minute. Takayoshi Wyatt made it 5-1 with a pass from Henry Sack and Till Zinnhardt.

Michigan State continues its three-game road trip to regional rival Notre Dame on Tuesday, September 14 at 7 p.m.

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