BURLINGTON, Vt.- The University of New Hampshire men’s soccer team fell to Michigan State, 2-1, in the first game of the 17th annual Smith Barney Nike Classic at the University of Vermont. The undefeated Spartans record remains perfect at 3-0-0, while the Wildcats fall to 0-2-1.
Michigan State got on the board first with a goal from Doug DeMartin at 21:28, but senior back Mike Davis (Tigerd, Ore.) evened the score, 1-1, in the 29th minute. Davis, who earned his first collegiate point on the goal, fired on net following a Wildcats free kick. Senior forward Adam Marcellus (Malvern, Pa.) earned the assist on the Wildcats first goal of the season.
The game which was closely matched in shots, 10-9, in favor of Michigan State and in corner kicks, 5-4, New Hampshire advantage, remained even until the 50th minute when MSU’s Kenzo Webster put the Spartans on top for good.
Senior goalkeeper Mike Jenne (Vernon, N.Y.) made a career-high six saves in the game for the Wildcats. Spartans goalkeeper Chris Austin tallied five saves, while earning the win for Michigan State.
The Wildcats, who are still looking for its first win of the season, will face Massachusetts on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. The home-opener for New Hampshire is Friday, Sept. 14, in which the team will play host to Central Connecticut State University as part of the Nike Fall Classic. Kickoff on Lewis Field is 5 p.m.