Men's Soccer Falls In Big Ten Opener To Penn State, 3-1
Sept. 17, 2006
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State out-shot Penn State, 16-10, but the Nittany Lions were able to connect on three of six shots on goal, as the Spartans fell in their Big Ten opener, 3-1, on Sept. 17. Michigan State's score was generated off the bench as non-starters Louis Stephens III and Kevin Reiman hooked up for the Spartans' lone goal. Michigan State's record stands at 5-2-0 on the season.
Penn State (2-4-1) was quick to score its first goal, finding the back of the net just three minutes into the game. The defending Big Ten-champion Nittany Lions took a 1-0 lead into halftime and added a goal in the 59th minute to go ahead 2-0.
Michigan State had its share of opportunities, firing 10 shots on goal, but Penn State keeper Conrad Taylor put on an impressive performance, recording nine saves. Spartan sophomore Doug DeMartin looked as though he would get the best of Taylor, taking the goalkeeper head on in a one-on-one situation, but Taylor managed to knock down the DeMartin attempt.
"Penn State is a very good team," MSU head coach Joe Baum said. "That quick score in the beginning hurt us and we dug an early hole. Their goalie deserves a lot of credit. We had plenty of chances and kept attacking, but I thought he stopped two or three sure goals."
Stephens managed to put the Green and White on the board in the 82nd minute, cutting the lead in half. Reiman started the attack, serving a perfect ball to Stephens in the box, who then headed it home for the Spartan score.
With nine minutes remaining and trailing by one, Michigan State was trying to create some late dramatics, but Penn State tallied its third goal in the 85th minute on a set play on a restart, ending any chance of a Spartan comeback.
Senior goalie Jason Tillman stood in net the entire afternoon for the Green and White, recording three saves. Tillman has allowed just five goals this season.
Michigan State returns to action on Wednesday, Sept. 20, when it travels to face Bowling Green. Kick-off is set for 4 p.m.
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