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Men's soccer play to tie with familiar foe

September 7, 2009

The No. 20 MSU men’s soccer team was looking for revenge when they traveled to No. 10 Illinois-Chicago on Sunday.

Last season, the Flames ended the Spartans storybook year by eliminating MSU in the second round of the NCAA tournament on penalty kicks after playing to a 0-0 tie.

In this season’s rematch, the result was the same and the two sides played to a scoreless draw.

Prior to the game going to extra time, junior goalkeeper Avery Steinlage broke the NCAA record for consecutive shutout minutes while extending his streak to 998 minutes, 43 seconds. The last goal Steinlage gave up was on Oct. 15, 2008, during the regular season meeting between MSU and Illinois-Chicago.

MSU head coach Damon Rensing said the game was “a great matchup between two of the best goalkeepers in the country.”

“I thought it was a great team effort and a great college game,” Rensing said. “Both teams had chances to win but neither team was better than the other.”

The Spartans (1-0-1) will travel to Ann Arbor this weekend to compete in the Michigan Invitational, playing Lipscomb on Friday and Wright State on Sunday.

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