Sept. 26, 2010
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The No. 15 Michigan State men's soccer team began Big Ten competition with a 2-0 victory over Northwestern on Sunday, Sept. 26 at DeMartin Stadium. Seniors Spencer Thompson and Jeff Ricondo each tallied goals to improve the Spartans' record to 7-1-0 overall and 1-0 in the Big Ten.
Thompson gave the Spartans their first Big Ten goal in the 21st minute of the game. The senior mid-fielder's third score of the season was an unassisted result of a left-sided corner kick that bounced off the handles of the Wildcat goaltender. Ricondo advanced MSU's lead to 2-0, with his second goal this year. The mid-fielder found the pass from Tim Kreutz and went one-on-one against the keeper after breaking away from the Wildcat defense. The score was from the right side and came in the 66th minute of play.
Both teams came into conference play physically with 11 fouls in the first period alone, 21 in all. Northwestern committed 10 penalties, while Michigan State had 11. The Wildcats were given two yellow cards during the first period, one each to Reed Losee and Lucas Swertloff, while Layth Masri picked up a card in the 77th minute.
Avery Steinlage preserved the victory for the Spartans by rejecting four shots from Northwestern. The win is MSU's fourth shutout this season and the red-shirt senior's 20th overall.
Michigan State will get a week of rest before traveling to Ohio State next Sunday (Oct. 3) to take on the No. 23 Buckeyes. The teams will kick off at 12 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.