PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College men's soccer team fell to Michigan State, 3-2, on Sunday, September 9 in Providence, R.I. The Friars fall to 1-4-1 overall, while Michigan State improves to 2-3-1.
Michigan State got on the board first just 3:37 into the game as Kyle Rutz beat one defender on the right side of the box and laced a shot into the back of the net. Cody Henderson earned the assist on the play, as he fed Rutz with a pass from 30-yards out.
The Friars tied the game, 1-1, in the 13th minute as Marcos Ugarte (Providence, R.I.) collected a feed from Brian Grisell (Brookfield, Conn.) inside the box and beat the goalie from point blank range.
The Friars had a great opportunity to take the lead in the 35th minute. Marc Cintron served a ball into the box for Keith Jecewiz (Smithtown, N.Y.), who collected the pass and rifled a low shot into the net, but Jecewiz was flagged offside.
The Spartans took a 2-1 lead with 3:17 left in the first half as Nick Wilson ripped the ball high into the net below the cross bar. Wilson's goal was assisted by Ryan Keener, who headed the ball downward to Wilson's feet.
Jecewiz would not be denied his chance at a goal as he one-timed a pass from Ugarte at the right post in the 50th minute to make the score, 2-2. Grisell also recorded an assist on the play as he and Ugarte put together a pair of beautiful chain of passes in the effort.
Michigan State regained the lead, 3-2, with 4:01 remaining in regulation as Cody Henderson converted a 20-yard strike from the left side of the field. The goal was assisted by Brent McIntosh, who played the ball out from near the end line. Henderson's goal proved to be the eventual game-winner.
Keasel Broome started the game in goal for Providence and played 28 minutes. He allowed one MSU goal and recorded one save. Byron Regester played the remaining 62 minutes, allowed two goals and made two saves. Bryce Dobbins earned the victory in net for MSU with three saves.
Michigan State held an 11-10 advantage in shots and a 3-2 advantage in penalty kicks during the contest.
The Friars (1-4-1) return to action on Wednesday, September 12 against Holy Cross at 3:00 p.m. The game will be played at Glay Field in Providence, R.I.