MSU And Notre Dame Play To 0-0 Tie
Oct. 11, 2005
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's soccer team tied Notre Dame, 0-0, on Tuesday afternoon at Old College Field. With the tie, State moves to 4-3-5 overall on the season and UND moves to 7-4-2.
"I'm getting tired of tying," said head coach Joe Baum. "But it can be encouraging at the same time. Notre Dame, Indiana and Dartmouth are all top 25 teams and it bodes well for our program to play with teams like that. We haven't been losing big games. I feel with today's game we had more quality chances than they did, but we didn't convert."
Michigan State netminder Jason Tillman (Jr., Brighton) made seven saves in the game, including one diving stop in the first overtime to keep Notre Dame off the scoreboard.
"This was a tough fought game," said senior co-captain Ryan McMahen (Munster, Ind.). "We didn't capitalize and that was the difference. I'm not satisfied with ties. Right now we have a big conference game coming up and we have to look ahead to Michigan."
McMahen, along with freshman standout Zac Scaffidi (Geneva, Ill.) led MSU, firing 5 shots each at UND netminder Chris Cahill.
Scaffidi had one of MSU's best scoring chances late in the second half but he hit the crossbar. He also created a chance for freshman attacker Doug DeMartin (Mason), when he crossed the ball and DeMartin just slipped up before meeting the ball at the far post. In addition, McMahen had a few chances off set kicks, but he could not convert.
The Spartan defense led by senior co-captain Steve Doster (Frankfort, Ill.) held strong, helping Tillman earn his third shutout of the year. MSU has allowed just one goal in the past three games.
Next up for the Spartans, they resume Big Ten play and continue their six-game homestand against the Michigan Wolverines on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m.
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