EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Dartmouth men’s soccer team opened the 2017 season Friday night at No. 13 Michigan State, coming away from the tough contest with a 1-0 loss.

The Big Green begin the year 0-1-0, while the Spartans move to 3-0-0.

Michigan State’s lone goal came from junior forward DeJuan Jones in the 36th minute, with assists from Michael Pimlott and Connor Corrigan. 

Freshman forward Tiger Graham led the Big Green with three shots, including two on goal, followed by senior Wyatt Omsberg and junior Eduvie Ikoba who each tallied two shots.

The matchup was aggressive and animated with a total of 19 fouls between both teams and four yellow cards, three of which were assessed to Dartmouth players. Shots were 9-9.

“I am proud of the group tonight, every loss stings, but the performance wasn’t far off,” head coach Chad Riley said following the game. “We will use this to grow, we’ll let it sting for the night, but we need to quickly get prepared for Michigan on Monday. Credit to Michigan State, they are an NCAA tournament team and found a way to get the win.” 

Freshman goalkeeper Christopher Palacios played the second half of the game, recording his first save. Sophomore Henry Stusnick started the game in the goal, where he was credited with one save.     

Also seeing their first college minutes were freshmen midfielders Dawson McCartney and Aron Rudich.

The Big Green continue their time in the Wolverine State this weekend and will face Michigan in Ann Arbor on Monday at 1 p.m.