No. 7 Notre Dame Shuts Out Men's Soccer, 1-0
Nov. 2, 2003
EAST LANSING, Mich - The Michigan State men's soccer team lost to No.7 Notre Dame on Sunday, Nov. 2, 1-0. For MSU's eight seniors it was their last regular season game at Old College Field. It rained for the duration of the match, leading to a soggy field and slow playing conditions. Michigan State dropped to 11-4-2 on the season, while UND jumped to 11-3-3.
MSU failed to convert on a few good chances early. Thomas Trivelloni (Sr., Mt. Clemens) had the Spartans best scoring chance when a pass from senior midfielder Nick DeGraw (Clinton Township) set him behind the Irish defense, one on one with the goalie, who made a diving save on Trivelloni's shot.
In the 70th minute, a UND forward Greg Martin scored the only goal of the game off a rebound from a teammates corner kick.
Spartan senior goalkeeper Mike Robinson (Troy) made six saves in the game including stopping an Irish forward on a breakaway late in the game, to keep MSU within striking distance.
"I thought we played very well," said head coach Joe Baum. "The conditions, with the rain, were very tough. Their goalie was their best player. He made some big saves and played our corner kicks very well. I give them credit. We finally have a few weeks off, and we are confident and looking forward to the Big Ten tournament. We still have a very good chance at an NCAA tournament bid. This team may be a little down today becuase they lost this game, but we are not discouraged. We have alot of soccer ahead of us."
The Big Ten Tournament will be played Nov. 13-16 in Bloomington, Ind. The Spartans do not have another contest until the tournament.
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