No. 15 Spartans Down Host Duquesne, 2-1
Sept. 22, 2010
Pittsburgh, Penn. - The No. 15 Michigan State men's soccer team got a road victory in its final contest before Conference play begins, downing Duquesne, 2-1, on Wednesday evening. Domenic Barone got his third goal in two games and sophomore center back Kevin Cope got his first career tally, which stood as the game-winner.
"I'm really happy with how we played tonight," said head coach Damon Rensing after his team's third road victory of the season, which improved the Spartans to 6-1-0 overall heading into Big Ten play this weekend. "Duquesne is a tough team, and it's a tough team to play. We played well, and got a couple of great goals. It was a good result for us tonight."
Barone put MSU on the board in the 23rd minute. Cyrus Saydee found Barone on the left side, and Barone buried it from about 15 yards out for his fourth goal of the season. Duquesne answered in the 35th minute, when Stefan Lundberg was assisted by Sean Gardner to send the teams into the intermission knotted at one.
Cope's game-winner came at 56:42. Spencer Thompson took the restart for the Spartans, and his direct kick went into traffic, where Cope was able to head it into the back of the net. Cope's first career goal came in his 28th game in Green and White.
Avery Steinlage made two saves, but had his scoreless streak snapped at 370:27 with Duquesne's goal in the 35th minute. Steinlage has allowed just one goal in his last five games.
The Spartans will open Big Ten play this Sunday at DeMartin Stadium when they host Northwestern at 1 p.m. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network on tape delay, airing Sunday at 5 p.m.
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