Men's Soccer Dominates WMU, 6-0
Sept. 24, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. - After scoring just two goals in its last two games, the MSU men's soccer team exploded for six goals en route to a 6-0 win over Western Michigan on Wednesday (Sept. 24) in Kalamazoo. The win improves the Spartans record to 3-4 while the loss drops the Broncos to 1-7-1.
MSU's six goals are the most it has scored since putting up seven in 2004 in a win over Valparaiso.
"I thought we moved the ball pretty well today," said MSU head coach Joe Baum. "I'm proud of our team because sometimes you can look past weekday games when they're between conference games but we had good focus and came to play today."
Sophomore Jeff Ricondo struck first, on MSU's first shot of the day, scoring in the 12th minute off a cross from Zac Scaffidi. The relentless Spartans bumped their lead to 2-0 just 1:36 later when sophomore Colin Givens scored his first goal as a Spartan.
MSU continued to control possession and it paid off again with another goal when sophomore Spencer Thompson scored his second goal of the year in the 36th minute.
The Spartans ended the first half with a 12-4 shot advantage.
MSU picked up in the second half right where it left off. This time it was seniors Doug DeMartin and Louis Stephens III getting together on a give-and-go that resulted in DeMartin's sixth goal of the season and a 4-0 lead.
A pair of true freshman then got into the action as Ruben Bega and Cyrus Saydee each scored their first-career goals.
MSU outshot the Broncos by a total of 21-4 in the 6-0 rout.
For the third consecutive game, sophomore Avery Steinlage started in goal for the Spartans and made just one save before being replaced by Jeremy Clark in the 67th minute.
"This was a really good win for us," Baum said. "After a couple of tough defeats against New Mexico and Ohio State, this is good for our confidence and enthusiasm. This team is energized now."
Michigan State resumes Big Ten play this Sunday at Penn State, taking on the Nittany Lions at 2 p.m. in State College, Pa.
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