Aug. 30, 1997

Men's Soccer Battles to Tie against Duquesne

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Despite outplaying and possessing considerably more scoring chances, the Michigan State men's soccer team came away with a 0-0 tie against Duquesne this afternoon in the MSU/Quality Suites Soccer Classic. The game was the season opener for both squads.

The Spartans finished the contest with a wide 18-4 advantage in shots and recorded 10 corner kicks compared to two for Duquesne. Duquesne junior goalkeeper Fabrizio Moscatiello played the first 69 minutes of the game and posted eight saves before leaving the game with an injury. Junior Scott Postler played the remaining 21 minutes and posted one stop. MSU junior Matt Shumlas made two saves in picking up the shutout.

"I thought that the we did a good job in moving the ball around and creating scoring chances," MSU Head Coach Joe Baum said. "We were solid defensively and, all in all, it was a decent performance, but frustrating as well. If you don't score, you don't win."

In the first game of the tournament, Western Michigan senior Steve Bibi chalked up a goal and an assist while freshman Scott Loewe and senior David Fernandez added markers in sparking the Broncos to a 3-2 win over Canisius.

The tournament concludes on Sunday (Aug. 31) with Western Michigan and Duquesne meeting at noon while Michigan State will take on Canisius at 2:30 p.m.