MSU topped No. 7 Pitt Friday at final exhibition

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State Men’s Soccer took on Pittsburgh No. at DeMartin Stadium.

Pitt entered the table from the first minutes, with a sixth-minute goal from Bertin Jacquesson for an early 1-0 lead. The Panthers kept the pressure on but the resolute Spartans defense held their line and didn’t let the visitors through. In the 16th minute, a Pitt shot headed for the goal, but was cleared for a team save.

MSU replied a minute later with a shot from the freshman forward Jake Spadafora was saved by Pitt goalkeeper Cabral Carter, and the score remained 1-0 for the remainder of the half.

The second stanza was similar to the first, with Pitt pushing, but MSU’s defense denied them and counterattacked.

In the 82nd minute, the Spartans earned a free kick just outside Pitt’s penalty area when the junior midfielder in the red shirt Kellan Landefeld was clogged. second striker Zack Babiak took the free kick and his shot was just high off the frame. MSU continued to look for the equalizer, but failed to break through for the final 1-0 result.

Pitt had an 8-5 advantage in shooting, with the Spartan’s senior goaltender making three saves, while Carter finished with two saves. Corner kicks were level 4-4, while fouls were also level at 12 each.

Michigan State officially opens the regular season against Army on Friday, August 26 at 7 p.m. at DeMartin Stadium.

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