Sept. 17, 2010
East Lansing, Mich. - Junior Cyrus Sadee's first goal of the season stood as the game-winner for Michigan State, as the No. 19 Spartans posted a 1-0 victory over Marquette in the first game of the weekend's Big Ten/Big East Challenge. Avery Steinlage made seven saves to pick up his first shutout of the season. MSU improves to 4-1-0 with the victory, while the Golden Eagles fall to 1-3-1 overall.
Saydee's game-winner came midway through the second half, on a beautiful shot that had little room for error. He dribbled out of the right corner, eluded a defender, and launched a sharp-angle shot that ended up in the left-side netting.
Avery Steinlage came up big a minute later, saving a header by Michael Alfano and a follow-up attempt by Eric Pothast to keep the Golden Eagles off the board.
Michigan State missed an early opportunity, as Josh Barens fed Jeff Ricondo in the box with a long cross from the left side in the 13th minute. Ricondo's shot rang off the right post and into the arms of the keeper.
Marquette outshot their hosts by a 12-9 margin, and held a 7-5 edge in corner kicks.
Michigan State has now shut out two of its last three opponents, allowing just one goal in that span. MSU has won three straight - all at home - since suffering a loss at Georgetown on Sept. 5.
The Spartans complete the Big Ten/Big East Challengen on Sunday when they travel to South Bend to take on Notre Dame at 2 p.m. Marquette completes the Challenge on Sunday as well, hosting Michigan.