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Nov. 14, 1997

MSU Downs Northwestern to Advance to Big Ten Tournament Semifinals

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Michigan State men's soccer team defeated Northwestern, 2-0, in the quarterfinals of the 1997 Big Ten Soccer Tournament in Bloomington, Ind., today. The victory advances the third-seeded Spartans (6-8-4 overall) to a semifinal game against the No. 2 seed Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 3:30 p.m.

Senior Jim Van Huysen put the Spartans on the board just 3:21 into the game on a corner kick pass from sophomore Brady Demling. The goal was Van Huysen's first of the season. MSU held a 1-0 lead through the first half and secured its victory when junior Jeff Fliss put away the rebound off his own missed shot at the 27:14 mark of the second half.

Redshirt freshman Tim Lieckfelt was in goal for the Spartans and earned his fourth shutout of the season with six saves.

"I felt it was important for us to just come out and attack and I think that's what we did," said Spartan head coach Joe Baum. "I thought we were moving the ball pretty well in the conditions (cold and snowy). Northwestern had won four games in a row and we hadn't scored a goal in four games. That first goal was the big key to the game.

"We tied 0-0 earlier this season," Baum said of tomorrow's matchup with Ohio State. "It was an extremely physical game and tomorrow will be much more so. I think it will be a one goal game and we just hope the Spartans have that one goal."

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