Sept. 4, 2005
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's soccer team kicked off its' season today at Old College Field. The Spartans defeated the Minutemen of UMass, 2-1, in the first game of the MSU/Radisson Soccer Classic.
Michigan State freshman attacker, Zac Scaffidi (Geneva, Ill.), scored his first collegiate goal, just under 10 minutes into his first game. Senior co-captain Ryan McMahen (Munster, Ind.) took a corner kick, then Greg Janicki (New Baltimore) headed it over to Scaffidi who capitalized on the opportunity.
"I was happy with how we performed today," said MSU head coach Joe Baum. "The goalkeeper looked sharp, and they played well defensively. They gave us lots of shots, but kept us outside. When we move further into the season, we will need to capitalize on more of our chances."
The Spartans outshot the Minutemen 20 to 9 for the game and forced UMass goalie Zack Simmons to make seven saves.
Despite MSU's pressure, UMass netted a goal at 71:52, to tie the game, 1-1. MSU was called for a hand ball foul, giving U-Mass' Oral Bullen a penalty kick, which he knocked past Spartan goalkeeper Jason Tillman (Jr., Brighton).
However, less than three minutes later a UMass foul gave MSU a set kick just outside the box. Senior Steve Doster (Frankfort, Ill.) tapped the ball to Matt Kreikemeier (Jr., Chesterfield, Mo.) who set the ball for McMahen, who blasted the ball into the back of the UMass goal. The Spartans reclaimed a one goal lead, 2-1.
"It was a tough win today," said McMahen, who netted the game-winning goal. "They packed guys deep in their end and it was tough to get opportunities. I think at times we got into a good rhythm. It's nice to start off the year with a win."
Next, the Spartans face the University of Denver Pioneers, in their second game of the MSU/Radisson Soccer Classic at Old College Field. The game is Monday, September 5 at Noon.