Sept. 23, 2007
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Junior Louis Stephens III scored the game-tying goal late in regulation as the Michigan State men's soccer team battled visiting Penn State to a 2-2 final in the Big Ten opener for both schools on Sunday at Old College Field. The Spartans, who amassed a 21-shot offenisve attack, remain unbeaten on the season and are now 5-0-2. Penn State, which got two goals from Jason Yeisley, moves to 2-4-1.
Senior Kenzo Webster opened the scoring at the 10:43 mark. The play started with senior goalie Chris Austin clearing the ball to freshman midfielder Spencer Thompson. Thompson played a ball down the right sideline to Webster, who fired a low shot just inside the right post to give MSU the lead.
Penn State would answer at the 29:40 mark, when a header from Yeisley got past Austin. The shot came after Austin had stopped a shot from PSU's Frank Costigliola. The rebound deflected off Austin to Yeisley, who banged in the header. Yeisley struck again in the 53rd minute, scoring on a breakaway down the left sidelilne. Penn State's Andres Casais assisted on the goal.
Stephens' equalizer would come after 73:49 of soccer, on the tail end of a corner kick. Webster lofted a corner into traffic to senior Rauwshan McKenzie, who deflected the ball to a crashing Stephens. Stephens volleyed a shot with his right foot into the back of the net for his first goal of the season.
The match was played at a high rate throughout, with both teams having numerous scoring opportunities. Michigan State totaled 21 shots on the day, including 11 attempts on goal.
"It was really more of a back-and-forth, fast-paced match than I expected," head coach Joe Baum said. "There was a good flow to the game. We aren't the biggest team, so we like to get out and run when we can."
Penn State goalkeeper Conrad Taylor had a busy day, stopping nine MSU shots and making several diving saves. Austin had three saves for MSU. Stephens and Yeisley tied for game-high honors with five shots each. Webster, McKenzie and junior forward Doug DeMartin each had four shots for the Spartans.
Michigan State returns to action on Sunday, Sept. 30 at Wisconsin. The match is set for a 2 p.m. start, and is scheduled to air on the Big Ten Network.