Sept. 27, 2007
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2007 Michigan State Men's Soccer
Date: Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007
Time: 1:05 p.m. EDT
Location: Madison, Wis. - McClimon Soccer Complex (4,500)
All-Time Series: Wisconsin leads, 19-7-4
Last Meeting: MSU 0, Wisconsin 0 (9/24/06)
TV: Big Ten Network (Live)
Live Stats: Available at www.MSUSpartans.com
The Michigan State men's soccer team (5-0-2) play its first Big Ten road match when it travels to Wisconsin on Sunday, Sept. 30. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. The contest will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.
Scouting the Spartans
The Spartans are unbeaten after seven matches for the first time since starting 3-0-4 in 2005. Fifth-year senior Chris Austin has played every minute in goal this season, and he plays in front of a defense anchored by seniors Rauwshan McKenzie and John Folino and junior Dave Hertel. Freshman Nosa Iyoha will make his first career start in the place of the injured Josh Rogers. Junior forward Doug DeMartin (4g, 0a - 8) is the team's leading scorer. Senior co-captain Kenzo Webster (2g, 2a - 6), the other starting forward, was MSU's leading scorer in 2006. Junior Zac Scaffidi leads the midfield corps along with seniors Kevin Reiman and Ryan Dick and freshman Spencer Thompson. The team's top reserves are Louis Stephens III and Jeff Ricondo.
Wisconsin is 5-2-2 after beating Northern Illinois, 3-0, on Wednesday. Last week, the Badgers tied Green Bay and Michigan. UW is led by Brian Bultman (4g, 0a - 8) and Victor Diaz (2g, 3a - 7). Alex Horwath, who owns a 0.59 goals against average and six shutouts, is the starting goalkeeper.
A LOOK BACK AT LAST WEEK
MSU tied in its only contest last week, dueling Penn State to a 2-2 stalemate on Sunday at Old College Field. Kenzo Webster and Louis Stephens III scored a goal apiece to lead the Spartans.
90 MINUTES NEVER ENOUGH
The Spartans' last four matches have each gone into double overtime. MSU won double-overtime affairs on Sept. 9 at Vermont and on Sept. 14 against Florida International at the Michigan Invitational. MSU then tied Kentucky on Sept. 16 and Penn State on Sept. 23.
ROOM AT THE TOP FOR BAUM
Head coach Joe Baum is now the second coach in Big Ten history to reach 300 career wins, following former Indiana boss Jerry Yeagley. Baum reached the 300-win plateau in MSU's 2-1 double-overtime win at Vermont on Sept. 9. The 31-year head coach, who ranks 14th among active soccer coaches in wins, now boasts a 301-217-50 ledger at the helm of the Michigan State men's soccer program.
Michigan State takes a brief break from conference play on Wednesday, Oct. 3, hosting Bowling Green before traveling to Indiana on Saturday, Oct. 6.