Nov. 11, 1997

MSU to Take on Northwestern in Big Ten Championship

Upcoming Events: Fri. Nov. 14 vs. Northwestern (at Bloomington, Ind.) 1:00 pm

HEAD COACH: JOE BAUM (202-151-37/21st year)

GAME INFO -- A well-rested Michigan State men's soccer team will meet Northwestern this Friday (Nov. 14) in the first-round of the Big Ten Soccer Championship. The Spartans are seeded No. 3 in the tournament while the Wildcats hold down the No. 6 slot. The winner of the match will advance to the semifinals to meet No. 2-seeded Ohio State. The other first-round matchup will see No. 4 seed Penn State vs. No. 5 Wisconsin with the winner of that affair advancing to meet No. 1-seeded Indiana.

THE RECORDS -- Michigan State enters the Big Ten Championship with an overall record of 5-8-4 while finishing the Big Ten ledger of 2-2-1. The Spartans' last outing was a 3-0 loss to Wisconsin on Nov. 2. Northwestern will meet MSU with an overall mark of 8-9-1 while finishing 0-5 in the league. On Saturday (Nov. 8), NU topped Drake, 3-1.

THE SERIES -- Michigan State holds a 15-1-1 all-time record against the Wildcats. Earlier this season (Sept. 6), MSU claimed a 1-0 overtime win at Evanston as junior Jeff Fliss scored at 116:29 to give the Spartans the win. Friday's meeting will mark the first time the schools have met in the Big Ten Soccer Championship since the inception of the event in 1991.

A LOOK AT MSU -- The Spartans will be looking to revive their offense after being blanked in the final two regular-season games. Junior forward Chris Slosar (Grand Blanc) paces the squad in scoring with 16 points (7-2) and is a strong candidate for All-Big Ten honors after being selected as the league's Player of the Week on two occasions. Jeff Fliss ranks second on the club in scoring with nine points on three goals and a team-high three assists.