Sept. 7, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's soccer team suffered its third consecutive loss Sunday (Sept. 7), falling 4-2 to UC-Davis. The game was the second of two the Spartans played this weekend in Albuquerque, N.M. at the University of New Mexico Tournament. MSU is now 1-3 while UC-Davis improves to 3-1.
"I thought we came out and looked a little sluggish," said head coach Joe Baum. "Friday night was a great game and I think that took a lot out of us. UC-Davis had a little more jump than us today and it was a well-deserved victory for them."
The Aggies scored the only goal of the first half in the 11th minute off a corner kick. After UC-Davis upped their lead to 2-0 just over six minutes into the second half, senior Doug DeMartin got the Spartans on the board as he headed in a rebound off a shot by Jeff Ricondo in the 58th minute to make the score 2-1.
The Aggies reclaimed the two-goal lead in the 62nd minute when Sule Anibaba intercepted a clearing pass and scored unassisted. UC-Davis added another in the 89th minute.
The Spartans refused to give up as Doug DeMartin scored his second goal of the game in the final minute, making the final score 4-2. For DeMartin, it was his fifth goal of the season and second two-goal game of the year.
"Doug was great today. He never quits and never gives up," Baum said. "I really can't say enough about him."
All three of the Spartans' losses this season have been against teams that competed in last year's NCAA tournament.
The Spartans will look to get back on track with a pair of home games next weekend at DeMartin Stadium. MSU will take on Buffalo at 1:30 p.m. Friday (Sept. 12) afternoon.