Oct. 29, 2008
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Senior Louis Stephens scored twice in the first half as the 25th-ranked Michigan State men's soccer team downed Bowling Green, 4-0, Wednesday (Oct. 29) afternoon at Bowling Green, Ohio. At 10-5-1, MSU has now won at least 10 games in eight of the last nine seasons. The loss drops the Falcons to 4-11-1.
MSU is now undefeated (5-0-1) in its last six matches and has surrendered just one goal in that stretch.
"We played a completed game today. Our offense and defense was just great," said MSU head coach Joe Baum.
The Spartans jumped on the Falcons early as Stephens' first strike came just 2:54 into the match. He was followed less than three minutes later by sophomore Jeff Ricondo at the 5:53 mark to give MSU a quick 2-0 lead. Senior Ben Pirmann picked up assists on both goals.
Stephens added his second of the game, and third of the season, in the 31st minute to give MSU a 3-0 lead.
"Louis was working really hard, he's been a bit snake bitten a little lately. He worked hard and buried both chances he had," Baum said.
Senior Doug DeMartin came into the game tied for second in the nation in goals and scored his 15th of the season in the 66th minute to boost MSU's lead to 4-0.
Goalkeeper Avery Steinlage made five saves and is now 9-2-1 on the year. The sophomore has played just over 425 consecutive scoreless minutes since surrendering a penalty kick goal Oct. 15 vs. UIC.
"This game was huge for us, we came out focused. We were defending, we moved up and down the field well. I'm very proud of this team," said Baum.
MSU will close out the regular season this Sunday at 1 p.m. at DeMartin Stadium against No. 6 Northwestern. A win by the Spartans would give them the Big Ten regular season championship.