Men's Soccer Kicks Off Season At Oregon State/Diadora Classic
Aug. 23, 2006
EAST LANSING -
Week #1; Games 1 & 2 Oregon State/Diadora Classic - Corvallis, Ore.
Friday, Aug. 25 Michigan State vs. Sacramento State 5 PM Saturday, Aug. 26 Michigan State vs. UC Riverside 5 PM
OSU/DIADORA CLASSIC -- Michigan State opens the 2006 season at the Oregon State/Diadora Classic, Aug. 25-26. Though it's not a true tournament, a first-place finisher will be determined based on results from the two days of competition. Three points are awarded for a win, and one point for a tie. Tie-breakers are in the order of: (1) head-to-head, (2) goal differential, (3) goals scored. MSU has never faced either of its opponents, Sacramento State and UC Riverside.
PRESEASON PLAY -- MSU competed in one preseason tune-up, facing Cincinnati on Aug. 17 at the IPFW Soccer Showcase. A total of 17 Spartans saw action on the day, as head coach Joe Baum used the opportunity to experiment with different combinations and let younger legs get experience. Michigan State out shot the Bearcats 16-12, placing seven shots on goal. In the well-contested battle, Cincinnati scored the winning goal with less than five minutes remaining, capitalizing on a corner kick in the 85th minute and edging the Spartans 1-0.
A LOOK AT THE SPARTANS -- The Spartans return 15 letterwinners and seven starters from their 2005 campaign, finishing the season with a 8-6-5 record.
TOP RETURNEES (2005 Stats): Doug DeMartin (So., F) 7 goals, 3 assists, 17 points Kenzo Webster (Jr., F) 2 goals, 0 assists, 4 points Zac Scaffidi (So., MF) 1 goal, 2 assists, 4 points
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION -- Sacramento State posted a 9-7-2 record in 2005 and returns eight starters and 19 letterwinners. Tallying 6-12-1 last year, UC Riverside returns seven starters and 13 letterwinners.
SPARTANS CELEBRATE 50 -- The 2006 season marks the 50th anniversary of men's soccer at Michigan State. Since its inaugural season in 1956, the Spartans have compiled an overall record of 451-238-71, capturing two NCAA Championships (1967, 1968) in eight tournament appearances. In 2004, MSU won its first Big Ten crown.
BIG TEN BREAKDOWN -- The 2006 Big Ten preseason poll was released on Aug. 21 with Indiana edging out Penn State as the favorite to win the conference title as voted on by the conference coaches. Michigan State finished fifth in the seven-team pool, ahead of Michigan and Northwestern. Ohio State and Wisconsin took the third and fourth spots, respectively.
2006 BIG TEN PRESEASON POLL 1. Indiana 2. Penn State 3. Ohio State 4. Wisconsin 5. Michigan State 6. Michigan 7. Northwestern
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