DeMartin Helps Men's Soccer Get by No. 14 UIC, 3-1
Oct. 15, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
Three days after getting their second win over Indiana since 1965, the Spartan men's soccer team got another big win on Wednesday afternoon by defeating No. 14 UIC, 3-1, at DeMartin Stadium. Senior forward and Big Ten scoring-leader Doug DeMartin scored two second-half goals to lift the Spartans (7-5) to the win and hand the Flames (8-2-4) just their second loss of the season.
The victory was MSU's first over a ranked opponent since it defeated No. 21 Michigan, 5-0, last season.
Senior Dave Hertel got the Spartans on the board in the ninth minute with a beautiful individual effort. Hertel took the ball from 50 yards out on the right side and beat three UIC defenders before chipping a ball over the left shoulder of goalkeeper Malachy Okeke to give MSU an early 1-0 advantage.
The Spartan lead looked as though it would be short-lived after a MSU foul inside the penalty area led to a penalty kick but the Flames' Baggio Husidic rung the ball off the left post.
Hertel was later responsible for keeping a potential tying goal out of the MSU net as Spartan goalkeeper Avery Steinlage made a save and was caught on the other side of the net; a sliding Hertel blocked a shot by UIC's Charlie Trout from point-blank range.
The Flames eventually capitalized on their chances, as Charlie Trout converted on penalty kick attempt in the 29th minute to tie the score at one heading into halftime.
After a Zac Scaffidi shot bounced off the post in the 66th minute, DeMartin was in perfect position and sent the ball into in the wide open net to give the Spartans back the lead, 2-1.
DeMartin added an insurance goal just over nine minutes later, in the 75th minute. After stealing the ball along the right sideline just past midfield, he fought off the Flames' defender and scored from 15 yards out.
"Doug and I talked at halftime and knew we had to come out and play better and dominate the second half," said Scaffidi. "We were combining well, we got in a rhythm and it worked out for us."
For DeMartin, it was his fourth multi-goal game of the season.
MSU will face Michigan at 2 p.m. on Saturday on Ann Arbor. The game will also be shown on tape delay by the Big Ten Network at 4:30 p.m. the same day.
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