DeMartin Hat Trick Leads No. 16 MSU To 4-1 Win
Oct. 24, 2007
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Junior Doug DeMartin scored three goals, including two in the first five minutes, and posted a season-high eight shots to lead the 16th-ranked Michigan State men's soccer team to a 4-1 win over Western Michigan Wednesday afternoon at Old College Field. Junior Louis Stephens III added another goal and senior Ryan Dick had two assists as the Spartans improved to 11-1-3 on the season. Western Michigan dropped to 7-8-1.
Following Sunday's match where senior Kenzo Webster scored in the first minute, the Spartans struck early again. Dick dribbled the ball deep into the right corner, juked two defenders and fed a perfect cross in the box to DeMartin, who fired a shot into the net to give the Spartans the lead just 2:27 into the match.
WMU answered with a goal off a corner kick just 47 seconds later. C.J. Brown lofted the corner into traffic, where the ball was deflected by Jordan Fylonenko into the net.
DeMartin picked up his fifth game-winner of the season at the 5:07 mark to finish the early scoring flurry. Junior David Hertel brought the ball past midfield and played a pass to Dick, who dribbled into the right corner and fed DeMartin in the box. DeMartin volleyed the ball past Bronco goalkeeper Casey Aubil to give the Spartans a 2-1 lead.
Neither team would score again until the 74th minute, when Stephens III volleyed home a pass from sophomore Tim Granaderos to put the Spartans up 3-1. DeMartin's third goal came at the 87:04 mark when he took a pass from freshman Nosa Iyoha on a breakaway, isolated against Aubil. The WMU keeper came out and got a hand on DeMartin's shot, but the ball had enough on it to roll into the goal.
"I wanted us to approach this match with the intensity of a Big Ten match, and we did that," head coach Joe Baum said. "We had good defensive intensity and we pushed hard toward the goal on offense. I think we now understand how good we can be, and that we belong in the national rankings."
MSU controlled the match from the opening whistle, recording advantages in shots (21-8), shots on goal (9-5) and corner kicks (8-2). DeMartin and Stephens III each had a couple of additional tries that could have easily been tallies. It was the second consecutive match the Spartans posted more than 20 shots. MSU had 22 attempts at Valparaiso last weekend.
Senior Chris Austin made two saves in goal for MSU. The Spartans also recorded two team saves, keeping Western Michigan out of the net when Austin came out to play a few WMU tries. Aubil had fives saves, but yielded all four Spartans goals in the loss.
Michigan State travels to No. 9 Northwestern Sunday afternoon for a showdown that will have large Big Ten Championship seeding implications. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m.
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