MADISON, Wis. - Junior Doug DeMartin scored two goals, senior Kevin Reiman scored once and the Michigan State men's soccer team won its first Big Ten road game in style, a 3-0 victory over Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon at the McClimon Soccer Complex. MSU improves to 6-0-2 and 1-0-1 in Big Ten play, while Wisconsin falls to 5-3-2 and 0-1-1. MSU's start marks the third time since 1985 the Spartans have been unbeaten after eight matches.
Reiman got the offense started with a goal at the 32:05 mark. Senior Kenzo Webster sent a pass to Reiman on the left side of the penalty area and the left-footed Reiman fired a hard shot into the back of the net to give the Spartans 1-0 lead.
Just 45 seconds later, senior goalkeeper Chris Austin sent a long punt that deflected off a Badger defender and toward Wisconsin goalkeeper Alex Horwath. DeMartin stole the ball and beat Horwath in a one-on-one situation for MSU's second goal of the 33rd minute.
"Doug is playing with a lot of confidence now," head coach Joe Baum said. "As strong as he is, he doesn't have to murder a ball. He can use a little finesse and finish."
DeMartin got his second tally of the match at the 79:21 mark. Sophomore Louis Stephens III beat a Wisconsin defender to a ball in the corner, then dribbled toward the goal and fed DeMartin with a shot in the box. DeMartin buried the shot to extend the Spartan advantage to 3-0.
Baum said the windy conditions dictated much of the contest. The Badgers had the wind at their backs in the first half, and had the Spartans reeling early.
"The first 20 minutes, they had us in a hole," Baum said. "The wind was blowing about 30 miles per hour and they had us pinned in. After that, we started getting some rhythm. In the second half, we had the wind at our backs."
Wisconsin outshot MSU, 16-8, but each team had four shots on goal. Wisconsin also held a 10-2 advantage in corner kicks.
"Those statistics are deceiving because they were taking a lot of shots from the outside," Baum said. "We were blocking their shots, which set up the corners. They weren't getting any deep penetration against us."
Reiman, DeMartin and Webster each attempted two shots and Austin made four saves in goal for MSU. Wisconsin's Taylor Waspi was credited with a match-high five shots.
Michigan State steps away from league play on Wednesday, Oct. 3 when it hosts Bowling Green at 4 p.m. at Old College Field. The Spartans then travel to Indiana on Saturday, Oct. 13.