Vermont Downs Men's Soccer, 2-1
Spartans suffer first loss of the season.
Aug. 31, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's soccer team was upended by Vermont, 2-1, in the final game of the MSU/Radisson Fall Classic Sunday. The Spartans finished the Classic 1-1 after defeating St. Francis (Pa.) Friday, and Vermont finished with a win and a tie, after drawing even with Western Michigan.
Vermont's up-tempo style of play dictated the pace in the first half. The Catamounts forced MSU to spend most of the half in their own territory, and used one of their seven first half corner kicks to take the lead late in the half.
Spartan goalkeeper Jeremy Clark let a Vermont corner kick slip through his hands and drop behind him, with Connor O'Brien taking advantage of the miscue, sending the ball to the back of the net.
Vermont's second goal came not too long after halftime ended. Jordan Crasilneck took a pass from T.J. Gore at the top of the box and sent it screaming past Clark into the top-left corner of the net to give the Catamounts a 2-0 advantage.
Despite the early goal, MSU head coach Joe Baum said he thought the team played well in the second half.
"I was feeling good at the half and I thought the first 15 minutes of the second half we played very well. We came out strong and it was just unfortunate."
The Spartans had 12 of their 16 shots in the second half, and made their mark in the scoring column in the 82nd minute. Senior Josh Rogers collected a pass from senior Zac Scaffidi and sent it past Vermont goalie Roger Scully for the Spartans' lone goal.
Clark finished the day with three saves, including one that sent him lunging to the top-left corner to just barely push the ball over the crossbar. Scully totaled six saves, two coming on breakaways.
The Spartans return to action Sept. 5 against New Mexico at the University of New Mexico Tournament.