Nov. 18, 2010

Courtesy of Michigan St. Athletics

Michigan State got a pair of goals from midfielder Domenic Barone and four saves from keeper Avery Steinlage to post a 2-0 victory over Oakland in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament on Thursday. The Spartans, now 12-7-1 overall, advance to Sunday's second-round game at No. 13-seed Butler.

Domenic Barone gave MSU the first goal of the day in the 48th minute. Barone was fouled in the box by a takedown; he lined up for the kick, waited for the keeper to commit to his left, and slid the kick into the bottom right corner of the net. It was Barone's team-best ninth goal of the season.

Barone doubled his team's lead with a goal in the 62nd minute. Brent Rosendall fed Barone the ball behind the midfield line; Barone streaked up the right side and eluded the covering defender inside the box. His shot found its mark into the side netting on the left side.

Steinlage made four saves on the afternoon to pick up his fifth shutout of the season and 21st overall.

On the afternoon, Oakland outshot MSU, 11-10, but the Spartans had a 9-5 advantage in corners. The Grizzlies and Spartans each had two yellow cards.

The Spartans' game in Indianapolis on Sunday against Butler will kick off at 1 p.m. This will be MSU's third consecutive appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Spartans received first-round byes in each of the last two seasons.

NOTES: MSU improved to 18-10-4 all-time in NCAA Tournament play ... Michigan State snapped a six-game winless streak with the victory, dating back to its win over Bowling Green on Oct. 20 ... The Spartans picked up their first NCAA victory since the 2001 season. In that game, it downed Butler 2-1 in the first round ... Michigan State won its 12th game of the season, its most victories since the 1996 campaign ... MSU scored two goals in a game for the first time since the Michigan game on Oct. 30. MSU had averaged nearly three goals per game through the BG game on Oct. 20 ... Domenic Barone had his third two-goal game of the season, and first since the Michigan game on Oct. 30 ... Barone's penalty kick was his third PK attempt of the season. He converted two: today's, and in the first game of the season at Maryland. His miss came in the 3-2 overtime loss to Michigan in the regular season - a game in which he scored the other two goals in the run of play ... Avery Steinlage got his 21st career shutout to take over sole possession of second place on the all-time MSU career list ... Steinlage also collected his 34th career victory to move into a tie for second place all-time with Paul Zimmerman.