Men's Soccer Wins Third Straight, 1-0
DeMartin Stadium Dedication Ceremony
Oct. 5, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. - On a day when MSU dedicated DeMartin Stadium it was fitting Doug DeMartin be the hero for the Spartans. DeMartin's penalty-kick goal in the 84th minute broke a 0-0 stalemate and gave the Michigan State men's soccer team a 1-0 win over Wisconsin Sunday (Oct. 5) afternoon.
The win, MSU's third straight, pushes the Spartans to 5-4 and 2-1 in Big Ten play while the Badgers fall to 4-4-2 and 0-2-1 in the conference.
"Doug is a great player and he's leading the conference in scoring and if he gets enough chances, he is going to bury one and I was pretty confident he would finish that penalty kick," said MSU head coach Joe Baum.
The Badgers controlled a balance of the play in the beginning of the first half before MSU strung together two quality chances that nearly gave them the lead. Nosa Ioyha took a beautiful pass from DeMartin inside the penalty area but sent the ball high. Minutes later, DeMartin had his best scoring chance of the half when Domenic Barone hit a streaking DeMartin but he couldn't get it past Badger goalkeeper Alex Horwath.
Spartan sophomore goalkeeper Avery Steinlage did his part to keep the game scoreless, making a diving one-handed save off a shot by Wisconsin's Kenny Dix in the 42nd minute.
The physical play between the teams picked up in the second half with multiple fouls and the issuance of four yellow cards. However, the scoring chances for both teams remained as MSU senior David Hertel just missed hitting the corner of the net from 25 yards out in the 65th minute. Wisconsin struck back with a flurry of chances with just over nine minutes remaining in the game, but Steinlage again came up big with two stops off three shots inside the penalty area.
After a header by DeMartin, a bouncing ball struck the hand of a Wisconsin player in front of the goal, setting up the game-winning penalty kick for DeMartin who buried the ball in the back of the net. The Spartans then hung on in the remaining six minutes to pick up the 1-0 win.
Steinlage finished the game with six saves.
"This young man has really come on the past couple of weeks," Baum said of Steinlage. "He's just really been solid and his confidence has grown."
Prior to the game, a ceremony was held to formally dedicate DeMartin Stadium. On hand were several MSU dignitaries in addition to Doug and Valerie DeMartin of Summitt, N.J., whose generous $750,000 gift made the new stadium a reality.
"It was fantastic. It was a beautiful day, it was so well orchestrated and to come out here and thank Mr. DeMartin for this donation was great. You can see it really meant a lot to our team, to our program and our parents," said Baum. "This beautiful stadium is going to be here for years and years to service future Spartan female and male student athletes."
MSU will take on No. 8 Notre Dame on Wednesday (Oct. 8) in South Bend, Ind.
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