Aug. 25, 2006
Corvallis, Ore. - Michigan State men's soccer picked up a 1-0 overtime victory over Sacramento State in its first outing of the year at the Oregon State/Diadora Classic in Corvallis, Ore. The Spartans scored the game-winner in the 97th minute when Zac Scaffidi one-timed a cross from Ben Pirmann.
"To pick up a first-game win on the road is huge," MSU head coach Joe Baum commented after the game. "We had some good looks throughout the night, but the ball wouldn't go in. To see the kids keep working, never letting up, is a great sign."
Michigan State out-shot Sacramento State, 18-4, but didn't get the golden goal until seven minutes into the first overtime period. Pirmann worked the ball on the right endline and fired a cross to Scaffidi who sent it past Hornet netminder Ryan Kenny.
"Zac (Scaffidi) just came off a recent knee injury, so with everything he has worked through in the last nine months, it was nice to see him get the game-winner tonight," Baum said.
A hard played match by both teams saw each side receive red cards. The Spartan attack keep Kenny busy most of the night, placing nine shots on goal and three more that were cleared by the Hornet defense.
Early in the second half, Michigan State's Greg Janicki created the closest call of the night, as he had a ball deflected and bounce off the post.
MSU goaltender Jason Tillman stood in goal the entire night, recording one save.
The Green and White resumes play tomorrow night at the OSU/Diadora Classic, facing off against UC Riverside at 8 PM, western time.
"The extra play may have worn on our legs a little, but this win gives us a lot of momentum going into tomorrow," Baum stated.