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Men's Soccer Hosts Indiana In Big Ten Opener
Senior Kellen Kalso and the Spartans host Indiana in the Big Ten opener on Sunday, Sept. 26.
Senior Kellen Kalso and the Spartans host Indiana in the Big Ten opener on Sunday, Sept. 26.

Sept. 22, 2004

EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's soccer team (5-1) opens Big Ten play against Indiana (5-2) on Sunday afternoon at Old College Field at 1 p.m. The Hoosiers are currently ranked #6 by and #10 by the NSCAA.


Indiana entered last weekend with a 5-0 record and the No. 1 ranking in the NSCAA poll. Over the weekend, however, Indiana lost twice in double overtime by identical 1-0 scores. On Sunday, the Hoosiers lost to New Mexico with just 13 seconds remaining in the contest. On Saturday, IU lost to No. 3 UC-Santa Barbara. On the season, junior Brian Plotkin and sophomore Jacob Peterson lead the Hoosiers with three goals each. Michael Freitag is in his first season as Indiana's head coach, replacing the legendary Jerry Yeagley. Under Yeagley, Indiana won six NCAA Championships, including last season.


Last season, Michigan State tied Indiana, 1-1, on Sept. 21 in Bloomington, Ind. The tie snapped a string of 30 consecutive Spartan losses to the Hoosiers, dating back to 1965. The tie also marked the first time that Indiana failed to win a Big Ten regular-season contest since 1996, a stretch of 36 consecutive victories. John Minagawa-Webster gave the Spartans a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute. MSU held onto the lead until Jacob Peterson scored the equalizer in the 82nd minute. Spartan goalkeeper Mike Robinson made six saves and was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year for his efforts.


Michigan State split two games in San Diego last weekend. On Friday, the Spartans defeated San Diego State, 2-0, behind two goals from John Minagawa-Webster. In that contest, Spartan goalkeeper Jason Tillman recorded the first shutout of his career. On Sunday, MSU suffered its first loss of the season, falling to San Diego, 2-0.


Four Spartans were honored for their play over the weekend in the SDSU/USD Tournament. Sophomore defender Greg Janicki was named the Most Outstanding Defensive Player. Senior forwards John Minagawa-Webster and Jordan Gruber and junior midfielder Steve Doster were also named to the All-Tournament Team.


Before falling to San Diego, Michigan State opened the season with five straight victories. It marked the first time since 1998 that MSU opened with a 5-0 record.


Leading Michigan State's offensive attack is the senior forward duo of Jordan Gruber and John Minagawa-Webster. Minagawa-Webster leads the Spartans in goals (6), and points (17) and is tied for the lead in assists (5). Gruber ranks second on the team in goals (5), assists (3) and points (13).




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