Men's Soccer Drops 3-0 Decision To No. 8 Notre Dame
Oct. 11, 2006
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Michigan State (6-5-2) stayed within one goal of No. 8 Notre Dame for much of the evening, but two late Irish scores sent the Spartans home from South Bend, Ind., with a 3-0 loss. Notre Dame was once again paced by Joseph Lapira, the nation's top goal-scorer and points leader, who added a goal and an assist to his season totals.
Notre Dame (10-3-2) first struck in the 22nd minute, when Nate Norman served a corner kick to Matt Besler who drove the ball in from the six-yard box.
The Spartan defense tightened up and did not allow another score for over 50 minutes, but the offensive opportunities for Michigan State were few and far between. The Green and White managed only six shots on the night, compared to Notre Dame's 23.
Notre Dame put the game out of reach late in the second half, scoring two goals in less than two minutes. Lapira would have a hand in each score, first assisting a Michael Thomas goal at 71:52. Lapira would take it himself at 73:16, tallying his 18th goal of the season on a breakaway, unassisted.
Michigan State will head to Loyola (Chicago) on Sunday, Oct. 15, for its fourth-straight road contest, beginning with a 2 p.m. kick-off.
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