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Sept. 6, 1997

Men's Soccer Opens Big Ten Play With Win Over Northwestern

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The Michigan State men's soccer team remained unbeaten this afternoon as freshman Ryan Ferguson's goal with just 3:31 left in overtime gave the Spartans a 1-0 win over Northwestern in a game played at Lakefill Field in Evanston, Ill. Ferguson's goal, his third of the season, came on a one-timer on a pass from junior Jeff Fliss. Ferguson has scored goals in MSU's last three outings.

Northwestern had a slim 11-8 advantage in shot attempts while both teams finished the match with six corner kicks. The win boosted MSU's slate to 2-0-2 (1-0 in the Big Ten) while Northwestern fell to 1-3, 0-1 in the league. The win also marked the 199th career triumph for Spartan head coach Joe Baum. Baum, now in his 21st season as the head coach of MSU, will try to reach the 200 career-win plateau on Wednesday (Sept. 10) when the Spartans host Detroit starting at 5:00 p.m. at Old College Field.

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