Men's Soccer Gears Up For MSU/Radisson Fall Classic
Aug. 30, 2006
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
MSU/Radisson Fall Classic Friday, Sept. 1 Michigan vs. Northern Illinois 2:30 PM Michigan State vs. No. 3 New Mexico 5 PM
MSU RADISSON FALL CLASSIC -- In its home-opener, Michigan State will host MSU/Radisson Fall Classic Sept. 1 and Sept. 3 at Old College Field. The Spartans welcome No. 3 New Mexico, Northern Illinois and Michigan to East Lansing, facing New Mexico at 5 PM on Sept. 1 and Northern Illinois on Sept. 3 at 2:30 PM. MSU and Michigan will not meet until Big Ten play.
A LOOK AT THE COMPETITION -- No. 3 New Mexico opens 2006 1-0-1, coming off a 18-2-3 finish in 2005 which led the Lobos to a MPSF crown and a second place finish in NCAA Finals (lost to Maryland 1-0). The Lobos return 14 letterwinners from last season. Northern Illinois owns a 1-1-0 record after two games. The Huskies return 15 letterwinners from its 11-6-2 campaign.
COACH BAUM"S TAKE - "All three of these school's have good programs," head coach Joe Baum stated. New Mexico is one of the premeir programs nationally, so it will be a good test for us. Northern Illinois is a tough MAC opponent and has a lot of talent returning. We won't see Michigan until later in the season, but its always a battle when the two schools face each other."
WORKING OVERTIME -- Michigan State kicked off the 2006 season with two overtime wins at the Oregon State/Diadora Classic, Aug. 25-26. The Spartans defeated Sacramento State 1-0 in overtime and toppled UC Riverside 2-1 in two extra periods of play. Zac Scaffidi, Kenzo Webster and Louis Stephens III each had goals over the weekend.
ZAC ATTACK -- Sophomore Zac Scaffidi led the Spartan offense over the weekend, with a goal and an assist. Scaffidi scored the game-winner in MSU's 1-0 overtime win over Sacramento State, one timing a ball from Ben Pirmann for the golden goal in the 97th minute. It was just Scaffidi's second goal of his career and his first-ever game-winner. In MSU's 2-1 double OT win over UC Riverside, Scaffidi notched an assist on the Spartans' first strike, lacing a feed to Kenzo Webster. Scaffidi paced the Green and White offense over the weekend with eight shots, five of those on goal.
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.
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