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Spartans teams see varied success

September 1, 2008

Senior forward Doug DeMartin, left, steals the ball from St. Francis’ Taylor Powers during the men’s soccer game Friday at DeMartin Soccer Complex. The Spartans won 4-0.

Men’s soccer

The MSU men’s soccer team opened up the regular season this weekend with a win and a loss in the MSU/Radisson Fall Classic at the new DeMartin Soccer Complex.

Friday evening, the Spartans controlled the tempo of the game and defeated St. Francis (Pa.) 4-0.

Senior Doug DeMartin led the way with two second-half goals within a minute and a half of each other to put the game away for the Spartans. Senior Zac Scaffidi and sophomore Spencer Thompson also scored for MSU.
“We had some pressure playing in the new stadium and people were excited to be out here,” DeMartin said.

In Sunday afternoon’s game against Vermont, the Spartans dominated offensively by firing 16 shots, but couldn’t seem to capitalize on their chances, resulting in a 2-1 loss.

Senior defender Josh Rogers scored the lone goal for the Spartans late in the second half, with assists credited to Scaffidi and DeMartin.

—Compiled by Alex DiFilippo, The State News

Women’s soccer

The back of the net became quite the cozy home for many of the shots the MSU women’s soccer team fired at it this weekend.

In two road games against DePaul and Bowling Green on Friday and Sunday respectively, the Spartans recorded a pair of 3-0 victories, extending their record to 3-0 on the season.

Junior forward Lauren Hill led the pack with two goals in each game while junior midfielder Lauren Sinacola and freshman forward Laura Heyboer each dished out two assists giving Heyboer a team-high nine points.

MSU opens up a five-game home stand at 4 p.m. Friday against Eastern Michigan.

—Compiled by Sean Ely, The State News

Volleyball

The MSU volleyball team hit an early bump in its season, losing its first three matches of the season in the Sooner Legends Nike Invitational.

MSU stumbled out of the blocks Friday against host Oklahoma (3-1 loss) and No. 10 Cal Poly (3-2 loss). The Spartans dropped their third game of the weekend Saturday to Wichita State, 3-1.

The team plays Syracuse on Friday in the Delaware Invitational.

Field hockey

The No. 10 MSU field hockey team kicked off its season in dominating fashion, winning the Champions Invitational Tournament in Louisville, Ky., for the third time in the past five years.

The Spartans started the weekend Saturday against Delaware. Senior captains Geraldine Raynor and Gwen Riley and junior midfielder Floor Rijpma put the team up 3-0 by halftime. MSU held on in the second half to win 3-2.

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Riley, a Louisville native, stepped up in the second game, too, scoring twice and assisting on two more goals in a 6-1 thumping of the host, No. 17 Louisville. She now leads the team with nine points.

The team will host Stanford at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Ralph Young Field.

—Compiled by Joseph Terry, The State News

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