Sept. 29, 2005
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's soccer team downed the Bowling Green Falcons on Thursday, 3-1. With the tie the Spartans moved to 3-1-4 on the season. BGSU moves to 2-6-1 overall.
"We just didn't have very much jump during the first half," said head coach Joe Baum. "That's what happens when you are coming off playing the defending National Champions (Indiana) though. At halftime the guys did a nice job of refocusing and we got our jump and energy back. It was good to see our offense move the ball so much better. We just need to keep taking these games one at a time."
At the 3:20 mark, freshman attacker Doug DeMartin (Mason) struck first for the Spartans giving them the 1-0 advantage. Ryan McMahen (Munster, Ind.) and Ryan Dick (Rochester Hills) were credited with assists on the goal.
The Green and White notched a goal early in the second half as well, taking 2-0 advantage less than two minutes into the second frame. Senior co-captain sweeper Steve Doster (Frankfort, Ill.) scored his first goal of the season when he blasted a shot from just outside the six-yard box to beat the Bowling Green netminder. Doster was served the ball by Greg Janicki (New Baltimore) and McMahen.
With his two assists on the day, McMahen moves into second place on the MSU career assists list with 28. The assists were his fourth and fifth on the season.
McMahen finished his day off strong as well when DeMartin knocked the ball to McMahen and he hit the corner of the net to put State up 3-0.
"The first mid-week game of the year is tough," said McMahen. "It's hard to get used to going straight from class to a game. We came out a little sluggish, but coach got into us at halftime and we responded well. It is good to be here at home and get a victory."
BGSU forward Omari Aldridge narrowed the score to 3-1 when he got his own rebound on a shot and beat MSU goaltender Chris Austin (Livonia) to give the Falcons their only tally.
Up next, the Spartans hit the road again for a Big Ten contest and head to Evanston, Ill., to face the Northwestern Wildcats on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 4 p.m.