Doug DeMartin Hat Trick Lifts Men's Soccer over Penn State, 4-3
Sept. 28, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's soccer team used a hat trick by senior Doug DeMartin to earn its first conference victory of the season on Sunday (Sept. 28) by defeating Penn State, 4-3, in State College, Pa. The win improves the Spartans' record to 4-4 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten while the Nittany Lions fall to 2-6-2 overall and 0-1 in the conference.
DeMartin's three goal performance was the second of his career. The Mason-native now has 30-career goals, placing him in a tie for seventh place on the all-time MSU list.
"Today's win is huge," said MSU head coach Joe Baum. "Penn State is a very good team and to get a road victory is great."
The Spartans' Zac Scaffidi scored in the seventh minute of the game to give MSU an early 1-0 advantage before Penn State's Treavor Gelsinger knotted the game up just over five minutes later.
DeMartin then teamed up Scaffidi to help the Spartans reclaim the lead. Scaffidi assisted on two DeMartin goals in a six minute span to give MSU a 3-1 heading into halftime.
"The two captains (DeMartin and Scaffidi) really stepped up. To see our two senior leaders step up is just great," said Baum. "Doug had one of finest games today that any forward at MSU has had since I've been here."
The two teams then traded goals to start the second half as Gelsinger scored his second of the game in the 53rd minute to cut MSU's lead to 3-2. Again, however, DeMartin responded for the Spartans, scoring his third goal of the day to give MSU a two-goal cushion in the 59th minute. Louis Stephens III picked up an assist on the goal.
The Nittany Lions' MacKenzie Arment again cut the deficit to one, scoring in the 62nd minute to cut the MSU lead to 4-3.
PSU continued to pressure the Spartans, firing eight shots in the final 27 minutes but none of them found the back of the net.
"We really stayed compact and organized," Baum said. "I thought we did a good job of maintaining possession and staying composed."
Sophomore Avery Steinlage made eight saves in picking up the first conference win for MSU.
The Spartans returns to action against Wisconsin on Sunday (Oct. 5) at 1 p.m. at DeMartin Stadium.
at the official