Men's Soccer Defeats Loyola, 2-0
Spartans overcome sluggish offense with solid defense.
Oct. 6, 2004
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's soccer team defeated Loyola, 2-0, on Wednesday afternoon at Old College Field. In an offensive performance described by Spartan head coach Joe Baum as sluggish, MSU got one goal in each half and used a solid defensive effort to blank the Ramblers. With the win, MSU improves to 7-2 on the season, while Loyola falls to 1-10-1.
Senior forward Jordan Gruber (Beverly Hills) got Michigan State on the scoreboard at the 10:10 mark, taking a pass from sophomore midfielder Matt Kreikemeier (Chesterfield, Mo.) and dribbling through a pair of Rambler defenders before beating the goalkeeper. The Spartans had 12 shots in the first half, but that was the lone goal. For Gruber it was his sixth goal of the season.
Not to be outdone, senior forward John Minagawa-Webster (Monroe) tallied his seventh goal of the season at 57:00 on a header. Sophomore defender Greg Janicki (New Baltimore) and Gruber recorded assists on the goal.
"I thought we were a little sluggish today," said Baum. "It's tough to play a non-conference game on Wednesday after a Sunday Big Ten contest. We scored early and I think we started to believe that the goals would just come easy, but that doesn't happen in college soccer. Thankfully, our defense was very solid today."
In goal, sophomore Jason Tillman (Brighton) recorded his second consecutive shutout, stopping five shots. For the game, MSU outshot Loyola, 20-6.
Team 1 2 Total Loyola 0 0 0 MSU 1 1 2
Scoring Summary 1. 10:10 (MSU) Gruber (Kreikemeier) 2. 57:00 (MSU) Minagawa-Webster (Janicki, Gruber)