Sept. 11, 2009
ANN ARBOR Mich. - The Michigan State men's soccer team got two goals less than two minutes apart and it was all the Spartans would need as they downed Lipscomb, 2-0, on Friday (Sept. 11) in Ann Arbor in the first game of the Michigan Invitational. MSU goalkeeper Avery Steinlage added to his NCAA consecutive shutout minutes record as he made four saves to extend his goalless streak to 1,088:43.
"Coming off a night game in a tough environment, we were a little worried about the atmosphere - being in a neutral site," said MSU head coach Damon Rensing. "I thought the team came out with good energy and emotion. I think we can do a better job of taking the air out of the ball at the end of the game and sustaining some possession."
"The ball was played back and Jeff served a nice a ball into the middle," said Rensing. "Spencer made a nice play in the air and had a great finish." After setting up the first goal, Ricondo then scored his first of the season just 1:22 later, unassisted.
MSU outshot Lipscomb, 7-5, in the first, half but the Bisons ended the game with a 16-10 shot advantage. Steinlage made three of his four stops in the second half and now has nine complete-game shutouts over the Spartans' last 11 games dating back to Oct. 15, 2008.
"They had some quality chances and Avery made some good saves," Rensing said. "Again, credit Avery and the defense in front of him. "
The Spartans will take on Wright State on Sunday (Sept. 13) at 12 p.m. in their final game of the Michigan Invitational.