EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State men's soccer battled the wind, rain and snow as well as the Virginia Tech Hokies on the way to a 3-0 victory for MSU Sunday afternoon at DeMartin Stadium in the second-round of the NCAA Tournament.
Michigan State 3, Virginia Tech 0 Box Score
MSU got goals from junior forward Ryan Sierakowski, junior forward DeJuan Jones and sophomore defender Michael Pimlott, with senior midfielder Ken Krolicki assisting on all three goals. The Spartans won in their first action since Nov. 5 when they lost to Ohio State in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. Michigan State beat the Hokies in their first-ever meeting. With Sunday's win, MSU improves to 12-3-3 overall, while Virginia Tech ends its season with a 10-10-0 record.
"First off, I would like to congratulate Virginia Tech on a well-played game," MSU head coach Damon Rensing said. "I know Mike (Brizendine); he's a first class coach. They've had a great year, and to get to the round of 32 is a good accomplishment. I want to congratulate them on a great season, especially their goalkeeper (Ben Lundgaard) and their forward, number 11 (Marcelo Acuna) were special players. I want to wish them all the best in their careers as well."
The seventh-seeded Spartans advance to the third round, where they'll host in-state foe and 10th-seeded Western Michigan next weekend, with a date and time to be announced later. WMU advanced with a 2-0 win over Albany. The Spartans and Broncos met during the regular season with MSU winning, 1-0, on Oct. 4 in Kalamazoo.
"I'd like to thank Michigan State University. We didn't have the greatest conditions, but the field played great so our grounds crew, our administration, the support that we got here to put this event on in a little 30 degree and snowy weather. I certainly want to thank everybody involved. I could name names, but the whole group of Michigan State from President Simon to Mark Hollis, Shelley Appelbaum and on down," Rensing said.
Sunday's weather was cold with steady snow flurries that increased to blowing, blizzard-like conditions, but would have intermittent cloud breaks, with patches of sunshine.
"Lastly, I just want to congratulate our guys. I mean, what a performance. We've really kind of pushed these guys to come out and start. One of our weaknesses is that we haven't started great. I think we rectified that today, because a goal five minutes in and then we just kept the pressure on and we had a spectacular first half and played really well. These three guys (DeJuan Jones, Michael Pimlott, Ryan Sierakowski) were obviously huge contributors to that along with the whole team. The second half was a little tricky, when you're up a man and three goals. All in all, probably a little boring for the fans, but we'll take boring and a 3-0 win and on to the Sweet Sixteen," Rensing said.