Men's Soccer Downs IPFW, 2-1, in Exhibition Match
Aug. 29, 2009
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The Michigan State men's soccer team closed out its exhibition season with a 2-1 win over IPFW on Saturday (Aug. 29) night. Sophomore forward Domenic Barone and senior defender Tim Granaderos scored for MSU in the win.
"We played well as a team tonight," said MSU head coach Damon Rensing. "We created more chances and stayed organized defensively. It was a good team win and I'm happy with the way our guys responded after Thursday."
Barone's goal came off a corner kick just over 11 minutes in to the second half. Cyrus Saydee delivered a well-placed ball to Barone who beat IPFW keeper Donovan Dowling on the short side.
The Spartans doubled the lead to 2-0 at the 76:42 mark - again scoring off a restart. Granaderos was the benefactor for the Spartans as he headed the ball into the far side of the net off a corner kick.
"It was nice to get both goals off restarts," said Rensing. "On the first goal, Domenic (Barone) finished off a feed from Cyrus and Tim had a great diving header for the second goal."
"Our goalkeeping was very solid," Rensing said. "Our defense was the key tonight. They were the reason we played well and didn't give up chances."
MSU went 1-0-1 in its two exhibition games and surrendered just one goal.
The Spartans open the regular season on Friday (Sept. 4) at DeMartin Stadium against Duquesne at 5 p.m.
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