Men's Soccer Downs Dayton, 4-0
The Spartans pull away with three goals in the first half.
Sept. 12, 2004
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's soccer team defeated Dayton (0-3-1), 4-0, on Sunday at Old College Field. The Spartans improve their record to 4-0-0. State was led by a powerful offensive attack with John Minagawa-Webster (Sr., F, Monroe), Jordan Gruber (Sr., F, Beverly Hills), Ryan McMahen (Jr., MF, Munster, Ind.), and John Kaczmarek (Jr., MF, Plymouth) all having multiple point games.
State scored the first goal of the game just over five minutes into the first half, and never looked back. Minagawa-Webster headed a corner kick, taken by McMahen, past the Flyer's goalie, for his fifth goal of the season.
In the 20th minute, McMahen headed a goal kick to Gruber, who headed the ball up to Kaczmarek, who then put a few nifty moves on the last two Flyer defensemen and booted the ball past the Dayton goalie, to give State a, 2-0 lead.
With 31:38 elapsed in the first half, McMahen took a free kick. In front of the net it was redirected by Minagawa-Webster, and the ball landed on the foot of Gruber, who tallied the third Spartan goal of the afternoon. It was Gruber's fifth goal of the season. For McMahen it was his third assist of the afternoon.
Near the midpoint of the second half, Kaczmarek put the finishing touches on the MSU victory, when he netted his second goal of the afternoon and the season. The assist went to Minagawa-Webster, his second assist of the evening.
"I am so pleased with the progress of our defense," said head coach Joe Baum. "We worked so hard on it this off season and it sure is paying off. Our defense has been creating chances for our offense because they are keeping the ball out of our zone. One difference from last year is our offense seems to be converting all of our chances."
The Spartan defense, led by senior Kellen Kalso (Oxford), has allowed just two goals in Michigan State's first four games. Both goals allowed by MSU were late in the St. Francis game against reserves.
With a 4-0 record, the Spartans will head west for two games, one against San Diego State (Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. EDT) and one against San Diego (Sept. 19 at 5:30 p.m. EDT), before coming back to East Lansing to open the Big Ten season on Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. at Old College Field against the defending National Champions, Indiana.
1 2 Totals UD 0 0 0 MSU 3 1 4
Scoring Summary 1. 5:05 MSU Minagawa-Webster (McMahen) 2. 19:24 MSU Kaczmarek (Gruber, McMahen) 3. 31:38 MSU Gruber (Minagawa-Webster, McMahen) 4. 65:25 MSU Kaczmarek (Minagawa-Webster)