Oct. 26, 2005
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's soccer team beat the Western Michigan Broncos, 2-0, in its final game at Old College field this season. MSU (6-4-5, 2-2-1) improved its home record this season to 5-2-2 with the win, while WMU fell to 6-4-5 overall.
"I think we came out a little sluggish in the first half," said MSU head coach Joe Baum. "We did a nice job of refocusing at halftime, then in the second half we had some jump and got our rhythm back offensively. I think we supported the ball well."
With less than three minutes remaining in the first half, WMU was whistled for a hand-ball in the box, giving MSU a penalty kick. Senior co-captain Steve Doster (Frankfort, Ill.) took the kick and blasted it past the Western goalkeeper to give State a 1-0 halftime advantage.
"Coach (Joe Baum) really got us going at halftime," said Doster. "Maybe we took Western a little too lightly. But we got going and played a good game I thought. It always feels good to win, and we worked hard for this one."
After the break, MSU looked to be in control of the game. In the 51st minute, sophomore midfielder Ben Pirmann (Lake Orion) streaked down the sideline and fired a cross deep, near the Bronco net. Zac Scaffidi (Fr., Geneva, Ill.) was waiting on the far side of the box and he headed the ball to Doug DeMartin (Fr., Mason) in front of the net, who capitalized for the score.
Senior co-captain Ryan McMahen (Munster, Ind.) had a chance from point-blank range late in the game; however Western's Brent Miller made one of his eight saves on the day. MSU outshot WMU 17-9.
Michigan State goalkeeper Jason Tillman (Jr., Brighton) did not allow a goal for the fifth time this season, while making four saves on the afternoon.
Michigan State's next match is against Wisconsin, at 3:30 p.m. in Madison, on Sunday (Oct. 30).The match marks MSU's first road match since Oct. 2 and it concludes State's Big Ten schedule.