Spartans Capture MSU/Radisson Fall Soccer Classic
Sept. 5, 2004
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
The Michigan State men's soccer team defeated Western Illinois, 3-0, on Sunday afternoon at the MSU/Radisson Fall Soccer Classic. The Spartans were named the tournament champions based on a greater goal differential than Michigan, which also posted two wins on the weekend. In two games, MSU outscored its opponents 7-2.
Senior forward Jordan Gruber (Beverly Hills) scored the first goal of the game in the ninth minute on an assist from senior forward John Minagawa-Webster (Monroe). For Gruber it was his team-best fourth goal of the season. Just a few minutes later, Minagawa-Webster scored a goal of his own, hitting a perfect serve from a Ryan McMahen (Jr., Munster, Ind.) corner kick past the WIU goalkeeper. Junior midfielder Steve Doster (Frankfort, Ill.) completed the scoring at 37:48, with assists going to senior Udo Seidel (Prospect Heights, Ill.) and freshman Ben Pirmann (Lake Orion)
Michigan State outshot Western Illinois, 8-2, in the first half, but the Leathernecks were the aggressor in the second half by a 7-3 margin. Spartan goalkeepers sophomore Jason Tillman (Brighton) and freshman Chris Austin (Livonia) combined on the shutout. Tillman was not required to make a save in the first half, but Austin made four in the second half.
"Once again, we came out with a lot of energy in the first half," said MSU head coach Joe Baum. "Yesterday, we had a strong first half, but got casual in the second half. Today we kept preaching defense in the second half and really concentrated on getting a shutout.
"I think we played pretty well this weekend, and it's always nice to win our tournament. We've got a long road ahead of us, but we've done a good job getting out of the blocks."
This is the first time since 2001 that Michigan State has won its own tournament. 2001 was also the last time the Spartans opened the season with a 3-0 record. MSU returns to action on Sunday, Sept. 12 against Dayton at 1 p.m. at Old College Field.
In the first game of the day at the MSU/Radisson Fall Soccer Classic, Michigan defeated St. Francis, 2-0.
Team 1 2 Total WIU 0 0 0 MSU 3 0 3 Scoring Summary 1. 8:03 (MSU) Gruber (Minagawa-Webster) 2. 14:22 (MSU) Minagawa-Webster (McMahen) 3. 37:48 (MSU) S. Doster (Seidel, Pirmann)
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