Oct. 8, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's soccer team fell to No. 15 Notre Dame, 3-0, Wednesday (Oct. 8) night in South Bend, Ind. The loss drops MSU to 5-5 while Notre Dame improves to 7-3-1. MSU had won its last three matches entering Wednesday night's game.
Despite an 8-3 shot advantage for the Irish through the first 37 minutes of the game, the Spartans and goalkeeper Avery Steinlage kept the match scoreless. Notre Dame's Bright Dike eventually struck in the 38th minute and the teams went into halftime with the score 1-0.
"We played pretty well in the first and then they scored on a counter," said MSU head coach Joe Baum. "Up until then, I thought we were playing well."
Despite a strong start to the second half by the Spartans, Notre Dame upped its lead to 2-0 in the 67th minute with a goal from Jeb Brovsky and they then added another in the 86th minute, making the final score 3-0.
"We were going pretty good to start the second half, I thought we played best soccer in the first 20 minutes," said Baum. "When Notre Dame scored their second goal it really took wind out of our sails and gave them a breath of life. Prior to that second goal, I thought the momentum had shifted in our favor."
The Spartans will return to DeMartin Stadium for another tough test when they host Indiana at 2:30 on Sunday, Oct. 12.