Preseason Tune-Up Prepares Spartans For Upcoming Season
Men's soccer finds strengths in exhibition contest vs. Cincinnati.
Aug. 18, 2006
EAST LANSING, Mich. - A late goal in the 85th minute gave Cincinnati a 1-0 edge over Michigan State, as the Spartans fell in their exhibition match at the IPFW Soccer Showcase on Thursday, Aug. 17. While MSU did not walk away with a win from the contest, it was able to work out a few of the preseason wrinkles.
A total of 17 Spartans saw action on the day, as head coach Joe Baum used the opportunity to experiment with different combinations and let younger legs get experience.
"We believe that this team can become a well-rounded team that defends well, attacks well and possesses the ball well," said Baum.
Overall, Michigan State out shot the Bearcats 16-12, placing seven of those shots on goal. A well-contested battle, Cincinnati broke the scoreless tie with less than five minutes left in the game, capitalizing on a corner kick in the 85th minute.
MSU will begin regular season play next week, traveling to Corvallis, Ore., for the Oregon State Diadora Classic. The Spartans will square of with Sacramento State on Aug. 25 and UC Riverside on the 26th.