Penalty Kicks Key MSU To 5-0 Win Over No. 21 Michigan

By: Michigan State University
By: Michigan State University

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Junior Doug DeMartin scored twice in the first half on penalty kicks and the Spartans added three goals in the second half as the Michigan State men's soccer team defeated No. 21 Michigan, 5-0, in front of over 2,000 fans at a cold and rainy Old College Field Sunday. The Spartans, who defeated No. 3 Notre Dame earlier in the week, are now 9-1-2 and 2-1-1 in Big Ten play. Michigan falls to 8-4-1 and 0-2-1.

DeMartin, a native of nearby Mason, Mich., got the Spartan attack rolling when he buried his first penalty kick at the 2:59 mark. The play started when freshman Spencer Thompson split a pair of Wolverine defenders and was fouled in the box just before attempting a shot.

At the 32:05 mark, senior Kenzo Webster penetrated deep into the Wolverine defense and was fouled, setting up Michigan State's second penalty kick. DeMartin drilled that shot past Michigan goalkeeper Patrick Sperry to give MSU a 2-0 lead and all of the momentum. DeMartin now leads the Big Ten with eight goals.

"Doug's really grown as a player," head coach Joe Baum said. "He's confident, poised and he never gets flustered. And he showed that today."

In addition to falling behind by two goals, Michigan's Julian Robles picked up a red card on the play, forcing the Wolverines to play with only 10 players the rest of day. The Spartans blew the match open in the second half, starting with an unassisted Thompson goal in the 58th minute. Thompson took a pass in the center of box 15 yards out and sent the shot just inside the right post. It was his second career goal, and his second in as many matches.

Webster made it 4-0 at the 66:43 mark when he took a pass from senior Rauwshan McKenzie on a breakaway and beat Sperry. Webster then assisted on MSU's fifth and final goal, a tally by senior John Folino at the 75:00 mark. The goal was Folino's first in four years as a Spartan. Webster now has three goals and five assists on the year.

"I didn't think we'd get this much offense," Baum said. "I was expecting today to be a one-goal match because we are always in tight games with Michigan. But our defense did a whale of a job. Our win over Notre Dame really inspired us. I didn't know if we'd win, but I knew we would at least play with a lot of heart."

The Spartans outshot Michigan, 14-11, including an 8-7 edge in shots on goal. The match between the two rivals was physical throughout, as MSU was whistled for 18 fouls and Michigan committed 10. The Wolverines collected four yellow cards in addition to Robles' ejection, while the Spartans picked up two cautions of their own.

Senior goalkeeper Chris Austin made seven saves for Michigan State en route to his seventh shutout of the year. Austin and the MSU defense has shut out four of their last five opponents. DeMartin finished with four shots, including three on goal. Thompson and senior Kevin Reiman each added two shots. Sperry stopped three shots in goal for Michigan before Tom Huls came in to mind the net for the final 15 minutes of the contest.

MSU, which was ranked 24th before last week's 2-0 loss at Indiana, hosts intra-state rival Oakland on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 4 p.m. at Old College Field.


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