Oct. 3, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
The Michigan State men's soccer team will host Wisconsin this Sunday (Oct. 5) at 1 p.m. in its first Big Ten home game of the season. Prior to the game, there will be a ceremony marking the dedication of DeMartin Stadium that will honor Doug and Valerie DeMartin of Summitt, N.J., for their generous contribution.
DeMartin Stadium, with a capacity of 2,500, was completed prior to the start of this season and is part of the "New Life for Old College Field" initiative.
Player of the Week: Senior Doug DeMartin was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after registering nine points in two victories last week. DeMartin scored once and chipped in an assist in MSU's 6-0 shutout of Western Michigan and then scored three-consecutive goals en route to a 4-3 win at Penn State. The honor was DeMartin's second of his career. Prior to DeMartin, sophomore Spencer Thompson was the last Spartan to receive the award (Oct. 15, 2007).
Scoring Explosion: After scoring just once in two games, the Spartans exploded for a combined 10 goals last week in wins over Western Michigan and Penn State. The 10-goal outbreak bumped MSU into second in the conference in goals with 20.
Stepping Up: Sophomore goalkeeper Avery Steinlage has started the last four games for the Spartans and his solid performances have moved him into the top of the conference in several goalkeeping catergories, including: save percentage (second, 0.857), goals-against average (third, 1.03), and saves per game (first, 4.80).
Creeping Up the Charts: Doug DeMartin's 68 career points have moved him into 12th place on the MSU all-time career points list. His nine goals this season have given him 30 for his career, which slot him in seventh place on the Spartan all-time list. DeMartin is the first Spartan to reach the 30-career goal plateau since Zdravko Rom scored 30 from 1973-76.
New Faces: Six true freshman have seen action for the Spartans this season, including: Cyrus Saydee, Rubin Bega, Domenic Barone, Mark Barone, David Sayre and Stephen Lucianek. Both Saydee and Bega have recorded a goal and at least one assist.
Tough Competition: Eight of the opponents on the Spartans' schedule this season participated in last year's NCAA Tournament. MSU will take on Notre Dame, Indiana, UIC and Northwestern later this season - all of which were a part of last year's tourney.
Rescheduled: The Spartans' rained-out match with UIC has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 3 p.m. at DeMartin Stadium.