Joe Baum Picks Up Career Win No. 300
Sept. 9, 2007
BURLINGTON, Vt. - Junior Doug DeMartin continued his torrid early-season pace, scoring the game-winner in double overtime to give the Michigan State men's soccer team a 2-1 victory over Vermont in the Nike Soccer Festival. MSU head coach Joe Baum picked up his 300th career win as the Spartans moved to 4-0 on the season. The goal, DeMartin's fourth this season, was enough to earn him Offensive MVP honors in the tournament.
DeMartin's golden goal, his third game-winning tally of the season, came in the match's 103rd minute off a rebound that deflected off Catamount keeper Roger Scully. Following a corner kick, senior Kevin Reiman fired a shot that deflected off Scully. The rebound found DeMartin's right foot and he sent it to the back of the net.
Baum, in his 31st season at the helm of the Spartans, reflected on the accomplishment.
"Honestly, I was so happy to win this match that it didn't come into my consciousness," the 31-year coach said. "It's a nice thing for the program. But in the middle of such an intense season, you really don't have time to think about numbers.
"I'm just honored to have been at Michigan State University this long. I have really enjoyed all these years here."
Before DeMartin ended it, Michigan State controlled play in the final minutes of regulation and continued to put pressure on the Catamounts in the first overtime, attempting three shots on goal in the extra stanza. The Vermont defense withstood the pressure and the match remained tied at one.
"I told the guys we were playing really well in overtime, we just needed to finish," Baum said. "We had the better of the play for the final 20 minutes of regulation and we felt really good about the overtime."
Redshirt freshman Jeff Ricondo scored his first career goal at the 40:57 mark to give MSU a 1-0 lead at halftime. Vermont answered in the 54th minute on a goal by Will Haywood. The goal came after the Spartan defense attempted to clear a Vermont corner kick, but the effort went right to Haywood, who sent a shot into the Spartan goal from 25 yards out.
DeMartin was named to the all-tournament team along with senior forward Kenzo Webster and junior defender Josh Rogers. Webster scored a goal in MSU's win over New Hampshire on Friday.
Senior goalkeeper Chris Austin played all 102:55 in goal for MSU, recording five saves. Baum praised Austin's effort in the net.
"Chris has been our anchor on defense," Baum said. "We haven't given up any goals this year in the normal flow of play. Both of the goals we've allowed came after re-starts. Chris has been fantastic."
DeMartin attempted a team-high five shots on the day and Reiman added three. Rem Kielman led Vermont with five tries, helping the Catmounts to a 15-13 edge in shots. MSU held a 9-7 advantage in corner kicks.
Michigan State will return to action on Friday, Sept. 14 against Florida International in the Michigan Invitational in Ann Arbor. The match is slated for a 5 p.m. kickoff.
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