Men's Soccer Prepares For Big Ten Showdown With Michigan
Oct. 6, 2006
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's soccer team will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., Sunday, Oct. 8, for a Big Ten showdown against rival Michigan. The Spartans' are 6-2 against the Wolverines since 2000, defeating Michigan twice in 2005, once in the regular season (2-0) and once in the Big Ten Tournament (1-0).
The Green and White has found success playing in Ann Arbor the last six years, winning each of the three games during that span against host Michigan. The Spartans have gone 9-0-1 on the U-M Soccer Field since 2000, picking up three neutral site wins and one tie at the Wolverine Invitational, and going a perfect 3-0 at the site in the 2004 conference tournament, en route to its first Big Ten Championship. Two of those neutral site wins came earlier this season, with the Spartans defeating Virginia Commonwealth (1-0, Sept. 8) and Butler (2-0, Sept. 10).
Michigan State (6-4-1, 0-2-1 Big Ten) hopes the success will carry over, as it is looking for its first Big Ten victory of the season and its first win in three games. The road test is the Spartans' second of the week, having dropped a 2-1 decision at Oakland on Oct. 4.
"Our team has had a few tough breaks in the last couple of games," MSU head coach Joe Baum said. "Tough games can either wear you down mentally or make you hungry for the next match. We were a little disappointed with the loss to Oakland, but our kids are hungry for Michigan."
The Wolverines are 5-6-2, 0-1-1 in Big Ten action this season. In its last outing, also on Oct. 4, U-M was shutout by No. 8 Notre Dame, 2-0. The Wolverines were 8-10-1, 2-4-0 Big Ten last season, returning 17 letterwinners from that squad.
Kickoff for Sunday's game is set for 2 p.m. and will be shown live on Comcast Local.
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