Sept. 2, 1997

Michigan State Men's Soccer

GAME INFO -- Fresh off a championship effort in the first MSU/Quality Suites Soccer Classic last weekend, the Michigan State men's soccer team faces one intrastate rival before opening Big Ten Conference action on the road. The Eagles of Eastern Michigan invade Old College Field on Wednesday (Sept. 3) starting at 4:00 p.m., before the Spartans travel to Northwestern to battle the Wildcats on Saturday (Sept. 6).

THE RECORDS -- Michigan State will play host to Eastern Michigan with a record of 1-0-1 following a 0-0 tie against Duquense in the opening round of this past weekend's tournament and a 6-2 win over Canisius. The goal differential of +4 enabled the Spartans to lay claim to the title ahead of Duquesne's differential of +2. Eastern Michigan stands 0-1-1 following a 1-1 tie against Buffalo and a 6-3 loss to York last weekend in the Buffalo Invitational. Northwestern begins the week with a 1-1 slate following its participation in the Northern Illinois/Adidas Kickoff. NU opened with a 3-2 overtime loss to NIU before rebounding to post a 3-1 triumph over Eastern Illinois.

SERIES NOTES -- Michigan State shows an all-time mark of 19-1-1 against Eastern Michigan and stands 14-1-1 vs. Northwestern. Last year, the Spartans recorded a 4-0 win over EMU at Ypsilanti while registering a 4-1 triumph over Northwestern at East Lansing.

NOTES -- MSU's season-opening three-game homestand marks the first time since 1992 that the Spartans have opened a campaign with three straight home dates ... Dating from the 1995 season, the Spartans stand 12-3-3 in their last 18 home games, outscoring the opposition by a 38-13 margin in that stretch ... The 6-2 win over Canisius equalled the Spartans' highest goal output in a game since Sept. 5, 1994, when MSU bested Louisville by a 6-1 margin ... MSU is tied with Wisconsin for the No. 4 spot in this week's Great Lakes Region Poll ... A member of each class accounted for goals in the win over Canisius with freshmen Ryan Ferguson (St. Charles, Mo.), sophomores Steve Williford (Livonia) and Keith Gordon (Birmingham), juniors Chris Slosar (Grand Blanc) and Jeff Fliss (Plymouth), along with senior Ryan Townsend (Plymouth) all netting markers.