Men's Soccer Heads West for San Diego Nike Classic
Sept. 17, 2009
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EAST LANSING, Mich. - The 18th-ranked Michigan State men's soccer team will put its 3-0-1 record to the test this weekend as it travels to California for the San Diego Nike Classic to take on Loyola Marymount and San Diego. MSU will face Loyola Marymount (3-1) at 7 p.m. Friday (Sept. 18) night and then close out the weekend against San Diego (2-0) on Sunday (Sept. 20) at 5 p.m.
Steinlage's Streak Continues: Junior goalkeeper Avery Steinlage's NCAA record shutout streak currently stands at 1,165:08 entering Friday's game with Loyola Marymount. Steinlage, who was named Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, is perfect in his last 12 games and hasn't allowed a goal since giving up a penalty kick on Oct. 15, 2008. The last goal the Grand Haven, Mich., native allowed in the flow of play was on Oct. 8, 2008 in a loss at Notre Dame - a streak of 1,288:16.
In the Polls: The Spartans are currently ranked 18th in the NSCAA/adidas Coaches Poll and 15th in the College Soccer News poll.
Spreading the Wealth: MSU enters the weekend with a balanced scoring attack as six different players have combined to score a total of nine goals so far this season. Sophomore Mark Barone leads the team with six points (two goals, two assists). Domenic Barone and Jeff Ricondo also each have two goals on the year.
Recapping Last Weekend: The Spartans posted a pair of shutout wins over Lipscomb (2-0) and Wright State (4-0) last weekend at the Michigan Invitational in Ann Arbor. With two goals from his midfield position, Jeff Ricondo earned Most Outstanding Defensive Player of the Tournament. Fellow Spartans joining Ricondo on the all-tournament team were Spencer Thompson, Tim Granaderos and Domenic Barone.
Spartans vs. Lions, Toreros: The Spartans will be looking for their first ever win against Loyola Marymount on Friday as they enter with a 0-2 all-time record against the Lions. The two teams last met in 2003 in East Lansing where the Lions won, 3-1. MSU is 0-3 all-time vs. San Diego. The Toreros won the last meeting, 2-0, in San Diego in 2004.
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