Oct. 22, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
The 24th-ranked Michigan State men's soccer team picked up its seventh win in its last eight games on Wednesday (Oct. 22) afternoon at DeMartin Stadium, defeating Cincinnati, 2-0. With the win, MSU improves to 6-1 at home and 9-5 overall while the loss drops Cincinnati to 5-8-2.
Senior Doug DeMartin scored his Big Ten-leading 14th goal of the season in the win, giving him 30 points on the season. He is now just the second MSU player since 1981 to hit the 30-point plateau.
Senior Zac Scaffidi got the Spartans on the board in the 31st minute when he took a pass from sophomore Jeff Ricondo just inside the top of the penalty area and beat Bearcat goalkeeper Matt Williams with a shot into the far side of the net.
The Spartans increased their lead to 2-0 just over eight minutes into the second half when sophomore Spencer Thompson started a nice play at midfield. Thompson found senior Louis Stephens III who dribbled just into the penalty area and then sent the ball to DeMartin who buried it in the back of the net.
A stout Spartan defense kept the Bearcats offense in check for most of the game and surrendered only a few quality scoring opportunities. Sophomore goalkeeper Avery Steinlage made six saves to record his fifth shutout of the season and his third in the last four games.
"Credit goes to the whole team," Steinlage said. "Our defense, Josh (Rogers), Dave (Hertel) Nosa (Iyoha) and Jake (Fullerton), they are great. The entire team plays great defense and they make my job easy."
Steinlage was named NSCAA Men's Player of the Week on Wednesday as well for his 14-save and two-win effort last week in wins over UIC and Michigan.
MSU will face another non-conference opponent on Sunday (Oct. 26) when it hosts Valparaiso at 2:30 p.m. at DeMartin Stadium.