Nov. 18, 1997
Michigan State Men's Soccer Finished SeasonHEAD COACH: JOE BAUM (203-152-37/Completed 21st year)
SPARTANS CONCLUDE SEASON -- The Michigan State men's soccer team concluded its 1997 season this past weekend when it dropped a 3-0 decision to Ohio State in the semifinal round of the Big Ten Championship. The Spartans advanced to the semis by virtue of their 2-0 win over Northwestern on Friday (Nov. 14). This year's squad finished with an overall mark of 6-9-4.
WOLFF & SLOSAR CAPTURE ALL-BIG TEN RECOGNITION -- Senior back Jason Wolff and junior forward Chris Slosar were MSU representatives on this year's All-Big Ten Team. Wolff, a four-year starter for the Green and White, was a second-team all-league pick while Slosar, the team's leading scorer with 16 points on seven goals and two assists, garnered third-team acclaim.
BIG TEN RECAP -- Michigan State scored a goal in each half in picking up a 2-0 win over Northwestern. Senior Jim Van Huysen notched his first marker of the season just 3:21 into the game while junior Jeff Fliss closed out the game's scoring at 62:46 with his fourth marker of the season. Redshirt freshman T.J. Lieckfelt recorded six saves in picking up his fourth whitewash of the year.
In the match vs. Ohio State, the Buckeyes accounted for all of their scoring in the second half including a pair of tallies in the last 6:53 of the match.
A LOOK INTO THE FUTURE -- MSU should be solid next year, returning its top five point producers including Slosar and Fliss who accounted for 11 of the team's 24 goals. While the Spartans will miss the services of graduating seniors Jeremy Guenther, Wolff, Ryan Townsend, Steve Shebuski, and Van Huysen, the Spartans will have depth at all positions. In all, 20 of the team's 24 goals are back in the fold for 1998 while Lieckfelt returns in goal after finishing the year with a fine goals against mark of 1.42 in 14 contests.