Men's Soccer Blanks Wright State, 4-0
Sept. 13, 2009
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Michigan State men's soccer team got goals from four different players and goalkeeper Avery Steinlage increased his consecutive shutout minutes streak record to 1,165:08 as the Spartans blanked Wright State, 4-0, Sunday (Sept. 13) afternoon in Ann Arbor in their final game of the Michigan Invitational.
"I thought it was a very professional performance from goalkeeping, to the forwards, to the bench," said MSU head coach Damon Rensing. "Everyone contributed today, and we showed good patience. We were fortunate because Wright State expended a lot of energy on Friday night against Michigan. To our credit, we took advantage today."
Just over two minutes after entering the game, sophomore Mark Barone struck first for MSU with his second goal of the season in the 23rd minute. Barone took a high cross from Tim Granaderos and headed it into the net. Mark Barone figured in on the second goal as well in the 42nd minute as he picked up an assist on Jeff Ricondo's goal that gave MSU a 2-0 advantage heading into the half.
"I think that was the difference," said Rensing. "It was a big goal because when you are down a man, getting one is feasible. Starting the second half down a man and two goals is tough. It was an emotional boost for our guys."
Wright State's Jonah Longino was given a red card in the 26th minute, giving the Spartans a man-advantage for the remainder of the game.
With the Spartans playing with a man advantage in the second half, Granaderos picked up his second assist of the game in the 64th minute; this time feeding Domenic Barone, who got his second goal of the season.
The Spartans closed out the scoring in the 84th minute when Stephen Lucianek got his first-career goal. Domenic Barone's free kick to the back corner found Lucianek, who headed it into the net to make it a 4-0 game.
Steinlage played 76:21 for MSU and had to make just one stop. Jeremy Clark played the remaining time for MSU and also made one save. The Spartans outshot the Raiders by a count of 22-7 for the game.
The Spartans will hit the road next weekend for the San Diego Nike Classic at the University of San Diego. MSU will take on Loyola Marymount on Friday (Sept. 18) and San Diego on Sunday (Sept. 20).
"This weekend helped us get some confidence, and we got some different looks for some players," said Rensing. "We are going to face two good teams next weekend, and it will be a good test to see where we are at."
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