Broncos Drop 2-1 Decision at Michigan State
The first half was a scoreless affair, but Michigan State (3-5-1) managed two second-half goals in a 90-second span to open a 2-0 lead. Tim Kreutz scored in the 56th minute off a rebound on a header by Adam Montague. Luke Norman then struck in the 57th minute from six yards out off a cross from Kreutz.
WMU's Shane Lyons cut the difference in half in the 72nd minute, scoring his second goal in as many games. Lyons collected his own blocked shot at the top of the box and blasted a hard, low shot that found the bottom right corner of the net.
"We learned a lot from this defeat today," said Bronco head coach Stu Riddle. "I saw some unusually jaded performances from guys but there is no excuses when you concede two goals in less than a minute of play. It was good to get some guy minutes that haven't played as much as they would have liked this season and the subs made a very big contribution."
Western Michigan fired 10 shots in the game, while Michigan State attempted 11. Bronco netminder Sean Lewis made three saves. Bryce Dobbins had six saves for the Spartans.
Western Michigan has a pair of home games next week, hosting IUPUI Tuesday at 4 p.m. and then opens Mid-American Conference play against newest men's soccer affiliate member West Virginia Saturday at noon.