Mar. 20, 1997
Six Players Added to Men's Soccer Team
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State Head Men's Soccer Coach Joe Baum has announced that the following six players have decided to attend Michigan State this fall and play soccer for the 1997 Spartan squad.
Pat Mahoney (5-9, 150, midfield, Shelby Twp./ De La Salle HS) - one of the top players to come out of Michigan . . . member of both The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press Dream Teams . . . all-state honoree . . . helped trigger the De La Salle attack with five goals and 18 assists for 28 points last year . . . helped the Pilots to a regular-season ledger of 17-0-1 and a No. 1 ranking in the state . . . voted as the top player in the Detroit Catholic League after helping his squad to an unbeaten record and a conference crown . . . closed out his four-year career with 18 goals and 47 assists . . . member of the Olympic Development Program . . . earned a berth on the U-18 National Team Pool.
Ryan Ferguson (5-7, 155, forward, St. Charles, Mo./Christian Brothers College HS) - one of the premier booters to come out of the talent-rich St. Louis area . . . captured all-state honors and was chosen to the All-Midwest Team . . . closed out his career as CBC's No. 3 all-time leading point producer . . . all-conference pick throughout his prep career and was a St. Louis All-Metro selection . . . member of the Olympic Development Program Region II Team.
Shervin Motaghi (5-11, 180, midfielder, East Lansing/East Lansing HS) - Dream Team pick as chosen by the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press . . . voted as the No. 1 player in the Capital Area Conference where the Trojans captured the league title while posting a 14-3-2 overall record . . . all-state choice . . . closed out his senior year with 14 goals and 10 assists . . . three-year career totals were 46 goals and 25 assists.
Brian Spitzkeit (6-0, 170, forward, Overland Park, Kan./Thomas Aquinas HS) - fine prospect who claimed first-team distinction on the 1996 All-Midwest Region Team . . . helped his high school squad to four consecutive state championships . . . team's record during his four years was 79-3-2 . . . allconference honoree . . . member of the Olympic Development Program's Kansas tea, . . . two-time first-team all-state selection . . . was his team's leading scorer as a junior (43 pts) and senior (44 pts) . . . closed out his high school career as St. Thomas Aquinas' third all-time leading scorer with 103 points (39-25).
Scott Babinski (6-2, 180, defender, Livonia/Stevenson HS) - comes from on of the top prep programs in the state of Michigan . . . captured Dream Team status as picked by both the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press . . . was a driving force in helping Livonia Stevenson to a state crown his senior year . . . tallied an assist in the 2-1 overtime win over Troy in the state title game . . . Stevenson finished with a 19-2-1 record . . . four-year varsity member . . . picked up 11 goals and 12 assists his final year . . . earned conference and all-state accolades.
Paul Vance (5-11, 160, defender, Flint/Central HS) - enjoyed a fine career at Central High School . . . third-team all-state pick as chosen bt the Detroit News . . . captured all-city honors . . . first team pick to All-Saginaw Valley Conference squad . . . served as team captain his junior and senior seasons . . . totaled 21 goals and 15 assists his senior year . . . holds Flint Central season and career records in assists and points . . . recipient of FCHS' Red and Black Student-Athlete Award.
"I feel that this is one of the strongest classes that we have brought to MSU," head coach Joe Daum said. "A number of these incoming players will be able to come in and contribute immediately."