Sept. 19, 2004
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Michigan State (5-1) men's soccer posted its first loss of the season, ending a five-game winning streak, in a 2-0 loss to San Diego (3-2-1) on Sunday.
The Spartans struggled to match a fierce Torreo offense, as San Diego outshot MSU 25 to 7 throughout the game. Still, MSU defense was solid, preventing USD from translating the vast majority of its 14 shots-on-goal onto the scoreboard.
State attempted to capitalize on several key scoring opportunities, but Torreo goalkeeper Lance Friesz posted a series of impressive saves to deter Green and White efforts. MSU senior Jordan Gruber had two shots, both of which were on-goal. Seniors Ryan McMahen and John Minagawa-Webster each recorded two shots as well.
San Diego took the lead near the end of the first half when sophomore Ryan Guy netted a pass, with an assist from junior Scott Martin. MSU ardently persisted, though, and continued to drive the ball toward the Torreo goal. About eight minutes into the second period, Spartan standout senior Ryan McMahen blasted a shot that looked as though it would put MSU on the board, but deflected from the post.
San Diego's Guy scored his second goal of the game with a hard shot that sailed over MSU sophomore netminder Jason Tillman's head. The assist on Guy's goal came from Torreo sophomore Eric Pohl.
Next, MSU returns home to host a contest against defending NCAA Champion and No. 1-ranked Indiana, set for 1 p.m. in East Lansing on Sunday, Sept. 26.