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Spartans Host Oregon State, Western Kentucky In MSU/Radisson Classic

Aug. 28, 2007

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2007 Michigan State Men's Soccer

Match #1
vs. Oregon State (5-12-2 in 2006)
Date: Aug. 31, 2007
Time: 2:30 p.m. EDT
Location: East Lansing, Mich. - Old College Field (2,200)
All-Time Series: First Meeting
Live Stats: Available at

Match #2
vs. Western Kentucky (4-9-3 in 2006)
Date: Sept. 2, 2007
Time: 3:30 p.m. EDT
Location: East Lansing, Mich. - Old College Field (2,200)
All-Time Series: First meeting
Live Stats: Available at

The Michigan State men's soccer team opens its 2007 campaign by hosting the MSU/Radisson Invitational. After splitting two exhibition matches, the Spartans will open regular season play against Oregon State on Friday, Aug. 31 at 2:30 p.m. MSU concludes the weekend versus Western Kentucky on Sunday, Sept. 2 at 3:30 p.m. The Hilltoppers open the weekend with a noon match against Wright State on Friday, while Oregon State will play Wright State at 12 p.m. the next day.

The Spartans enter the 2007 season aiming for their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2004. MSU returns eight starters and 13 letterwinners from last year's 10-7-2 team. MSU is led by senior forward Kenzo Webster, who paced the Spartans with seven goals a year ago. Senior Ben Pirmann (6 pts.) and juniors Doug DeMartin (7) and Zac Scaffidi (6) are MSU's other returning leading scorers. MSU must replace the graduated Jason Tillman in goal, and 5th-year senior Chris Austin will get the first crack followed by freshman Jeremy Clark.

Oregon State returns seven starters and 15 letterwinners from last season's 5-12-2 team. Josh Cameron and Robby Christner are the Beavers' returning leaders, as each scored two goals last year. Packy Deenihan returns in goal for OSU after starting 13 matches in 2006.

The Hilltoppers return six starters from a 4-9-3 squad. Brad Magnuson is the leading returning scorer with six points (3g). Returning goalkeeper Pat Rickman started all 16 contests last season.

Some new foes will make their way into East Lansing, as this weekend marks the first time MSU will meet either Oregon State or Western Kentucky in men's soccer.

Head coach Joe Baum needs just four victories to reach the 300-win mark. Reaching the plateau is very likely for the 31-year mentor of the Spartans considering his teams in East Lansing have never won fewer than six matches. Baum would become the second Big Ten coach to ever reach 300 victories, behind only Indiana's Jerry Yeagley.

Michigan State travels to Burlington, Vt., to face New Hampshire at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7 in the first round of a four-team tournament. MSU faces host Vermont on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 1:15 p.m.



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