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Michigan State falls to Valparaiso, 1-0

Valparaiso scores the lone goal in a game against Michigan State on Sept. 11, 2014 in East Lansing.
Valparaiso scores the lone goal in a game against Michigan State on Sept. 11, 2014 in East Lansing. (Kelly Haapala)

EAST LANSING, Mich. – After a hard-fought battle with one crucial deciding scramble in front of the home team's net, Michigan State found themselves knocked off their winning streak Thursday with a 1-0 loss to Valparaiso.

Junior goalkeeper Zach Bennett watched his team take 17 shots against Valparaiso. He made 4 saves himself but found his impressive shutout record of 347 minutes (per Michigan State recap) taken away when Valpo's No. 18 Omar Lawrence's toe poke got through the melee of players in front of Bennett and into the net.

Bennett and his defense did a great job keeping shots down to one in the first half. The offense had a continuance of unlucky attempts and in the end would be unsuccessful.

Coach Damon Rensing's Spartans are now 2-1-1 and in the middle of the Big 10 Conference as they head into their next match up at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at home against Loyola University. Fans at DeMartin Stadium will be celebrating Alumni Weekend.

Michigan State is still in the mix of the Big Ten conference and with the alumni there to cheer them on against Loyola, they hope to secure another win and fight their way to the top. #GoGreen

NOTE: The Loyola Ramblers have a 3-0-0 record including a 1-0 win against Western Michigan on Sept. 5 at home.

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