Men's Soccer ties Valparaiso
Oct. 26, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The No. 24 Michigan State men's soccer team played to a scoreless tie with Valparaiso Sunday at DeMartin Stadium at Old College Field. The draw puts the Spartans' record at 9-5-1 with two matches to play before the end of the regular season.
The draw marks the Spartans' first scoreless tie since 2006, when they played host to Wisconsin.
"I thought we played well, moved the ball well, created chances, but usually when we play like that, we win," said MSU head coach Joe Baum. "Soccer's a tough game."
Despite the blank scoreboard, the teams hardly lacked scoring chances. The Spartans finished the day with 20 shots, just one off of a season-high 21 against St. Francis. On a blustery day in East Lansing, it seemed the wind wreaked havoc with most of the shots taken in the game, sending them just wide of the net.
The teams combined for seven shots in the first half with only one shot on goal apiece. The second half painted a different picture, with MSU coming out firing. Just over a minute into the half, senior Louis Stephens sent a header barely over the crossbar.
The crossbar continued to be one of the Spartans' toughest defenders not too much later into the half. Senior Doug DeMartin sent a bouncer inside the box off of the top post, marking another lost scoring chance for the Green and White. MSU tallied 11 shots in the half, and seemed to dominate the scoring chances from there on out.
MSU goalie Avery Steinlage stopped six shots on the day, earning his sixth shutout of the season. Valparaiso goalie Kyle Zobeck finished with five saves.
"The good thing about this is that if we win these next two games, we'll have an NCAA bid, being Big Ten champs," Baum said. "We can't let this little bump in the road set us back, we've just come back from too much adversity."
MSU will travel to Bowling Green on Wednesday (Oct. 29) before returning home to face Northwestern on Sunday, Nov. 2.
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