Oct. 6, 2009
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's soccer team will host Western Michigan at 4 p.m. on Wednesday (Oct. 7) at DeMartin Stadium. The Spartans will look to get back on track before heading to Wisconsin for a showdown with the Badgers this Sunday.
The Last Time Out: Penn State scored a goal in the 11th minute and hung on to defeat the Spartans, 1-0, on Sunday at DeMartin Stadium.
Series History: The Spartans are 24-2-8 all time and 12-1-4 at home against Western Michigan. MSU has allowed just one goal to the Broncos in the last four meetings, outscoring them 16-1 over that span. Since 1993, the Spartans are 13-1-2 against WMU.
Defense Still Leads Conference: The Spartan defense has allowed a league-low five goals this season - four less than second-place schools Penn State, Indiana and Ohio State. MSU's team goals-against average of 0.54 leads the conference by over 0.20. Just twice in the last 21 games has MSU allowed more than one goal while it has posted 15 shutouts in that span.
First Goal = Win: In all nine of the Spartans' games this season, the team that has scored first has been victorious. Four of MSU's five wins have been shutouts while it has been blanked in all three losses.
Bega Leads Offense: Sophomore Rubin Bega leads the team with five goals and 12 points. Bega, who is tied for seventh in the Big Ten in points and fifth in goals, is one of four Spartans to have at least two goals. Bega's five-point game against Loyola Marymount on Sept. 18 is the second-highest single-game point total in the Big Ten so far this year.
The Spartans have been spreading the wealth this season on offense, as six players have multiple assists and points.
Up Next: MSU will head to Wisconsin on Sunday for its first Big Ten road match of the year. The Spartans and Badgers will kick off at 4 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.
Spartans on TV: Michigan State, along with Indiana, each make a conference-high four appearances on the Big Ten Network this season. Fans can catch MSU's games at Wisconsin (10/11) and Indiana (10/18) live on Big Ten Network.
Follow the Spartans: Spartan soccer fans can now follow Coach Damon Rensing and the Spartan coaching staff on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GoState_msoc.