Men's Soccer Defeats No. 18 Michigan, 1-0

Oct. 18, 2008

Final Stats

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Michigan State men's soccer team got a second-half goal from junior reserve Tim Granaderos in the 78th minute to give the Spartans a 1-0 win over Michigan on Saturday (Oct. 18) in Ann Arbor. The win improves the Spartans' record to 8-5 and keeps them in a first-place tie in the Big Ten with a 4-1 conference record. UM is now 9-3-2 and 1-1-1 in conference play.

The win is the Spartans' third straight and second in as many games over a ranked opponent after defeating No. 14 UIC, 3-1, on Wednesday.

Granaderos gave the Spartans the only goal they needed when he headed in the winner off a pass from senior Ben Pirmann.

"It was a great play and a great header by Tim," said MSU head coach Joe Baum. "We defended with a passion after that for the last 12 minutes. It was a great win."

The two teams traded chances in the first half but neither could find the back of the net. Baum credited his defense for denying the Wolverines in every instance.

"The game came down to making a big play and I think our defense was just a bit sharper today," Baum said.

Spartan goalkeeper Avery Steinlage made 10 saves and picked up his fourth-career shutout.

MSU is now 5-0-1 in its last six games against Michigan and it is the second time in the last two seasons it has shutout a ranked Wolverine team.

The Spartans return to action on Wednesday (Oct. 22) when they host Cincinnati at 3 p.m. at DeMartin Stadium.