Aug. 31, 1997

Men's Soccer Captures MSU/Quality Suites Title

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The Michigan State men's soccer team received goals from six different players and posted a 6-2 win over Canisius, enabling the Spartans to capture the first annual MSU/Quality Suites Soccer Tournament. MSU claimed the title on the basis of goal differential (+4) in the two games with Duquesne finishing runner-up with a goal differential of +2.

Sophomore Steve Wolliford tallied the Spartans' first goal just 14 seconds into the contest. Senior Chris Slosar netted a goal at 13:56 and MSU went into halftime with a 2-0 advantage. In the first half, the Spartans received tallies by junior Jeff Fliss, sophomore Keith Gordon, senior Ryan Townsend, and freshman Ryan Ferguson. Senior captain Jeremy Guenther added two assists as MSU came up with its highet goal total since Sept. 5, 1994, a 6-1 victory at Louisville. Redshirt freshman T.J. Lieckfelt played the first 67 minutes in goal and picked up his first career win, making one save. MSU outshot Canisius by a 17-9 margin.

"After not scoring the previoius day after getting 18shots, Williford's goal kind of took some pressure off the team in that regard," MSU head coach Joe Baum said. "We wanted to come out early and pressure their defense. It was good to see the scoring get spread around."

The MSU men's team (1-0-1) returns to action on Wednesday, September 3, when it hosts Eastern Michigan at Old College Field starting at 4:00 p.m.