Spartans Down Wolverines 2-0 Behind Two First-Half Goals
Oct. 16, 2005
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's soccer team beat in-state rival Michigan, 2-0, on Sunday at Old College Field in front of over 2,000 fans. The Spartans, with goalkeeper Jason Tillman (Jr., Brighton), have not allowed a goal in 340:59 of play over the last four games. With the victory, State improves to 5-3-5 on the season and 2-1-1 in the Big Ten. Michigan slides to 6-6-1 and 1-2 in conference play.
"We came focused today," said head coach Joe Baum. "We had more jump and energy today. It was an enjoyable win against a good Big Ten opponent. I look at this team right now, and a few weeks ago we lost to Oakland and we were questioning where the season was going. But I am proud of how we refocused and over an eight-day period we have played well against three very good opponents and came away with two wins and a tie."
The Spartans controlled the play for the majority of the game. UM got one of its best chances in the 8th minute when Wolverine attackers fired two quick shots on the Spartan goal, however Tillman made two of his six saves to stop the scoring threat.
Late in the first half, Spartan forward Zac Scaffidi (Fr., Geneva, Ill.) went up for a ball against a UM defender. The ball popped out to redshirt freshman Doug DeMartin (Mason) who fed the ball to senior co-captain Ryan McMahen (Munster, Ind.) who gained control on the edge of the box and bent the ball around Michigan goalkeeper Peter Dzubay, to give MSU a 1-0 lead. The goal was McMahen's seventh of the season.
Just over ten minutes later, MSU struck again to take a 2-0 advantage. Sophomore Kenzo Webster (Monroe) netted his second goal of the season off passes from Louis Stephens III (Fr., Saginaw) and Ryan Dick (R-So., Rochester Hills).
Neither team was able to generate any tallies in the second half, and MSU held on for the 2-0 win. The Spartans have defeated the Wolverines in five out of the last seven matchups.
Next up for Michigan State, it faces Penn State on Sunday, October 23 at Old College Field at 2:30 p.m. Currently, PSU is in first place in the Big Ten and MSU is just behind them, tied with Indiana in second.
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