Oct. 6, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
* The Particulars
Michigan State welcomes Big Ten opponent Penn State to DeMartin
Stadium on Sunday Oct. 9th. The conference matchup is slated to begin
at noon and will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.
* The All-Time Series
MSU owns a 7-18-2 all-time against the Nittany Lions and has won three
out of 12 games that have been played in East Lansing. The Spartans
fell to Penn State last year, 2-1, in a tight match.
* State of the Spartans
MSU is 3-6-2 on the season, with all of its losses by a single goal
and two of its losses coming in overtime. The Spartans most recently
tallied their third win of the season over Milwaukee by a score of
2-1. Mark Barone and Adam Montague paired up to score both of the
* Its a Factor
Three significant injuries have taken two All-Big Ten players out of
the lineup - Domenic Barone was lost for the season before it began,
and Kevin Cope was injured in the second game of the year against
Connecticut - and Tim Kreutz has not played at all this season as well
* Scouting the Nittany Lions
Penn State comes to East Lansing off of a win that snapped its four-game
winless streak, as the Nittany Lions shut out in-state rival Penn, 2-0, on Tuesday
.Juniors Jacob Barron and Julian Cardona tallied the two goals for
PSU. Cardona is the leading scorer for Penn State, with
three goals and one assist. After holding Penn
scoreless, freshman goalkeeper Andrew Wolverton now leads the
conference in shutouts with eight.
* Free Soccer
In 11 games this season, the Spartans have gone to overtime four
times, and each of its last three OT games have gone to the second
overtime session. MSU is 0-2-2 in games which needed extra time.
* Late Goals Lead to Decisions
In six of MSU's 11 games, late goals have been decision-making
tallies. The Spartans have lost twice in overtime in golden goal
situations, and allowed a marker with under three minutes left in
regulation at Northwestern to forge a 1-1 tie in the Big Ten opener.
On the reverse side, MSU got a goal by Kyle Rutz
in the 79th minute to
break a deadlock in Tuesday's 2-1 win over UIC, and Fatai Alashe's
goal in the 83rd minute forced a tie at Marquette on Sept. 16. Both
Rutz and Alashe are freshmen. Most recently, Montague's tally in the
77th minute secured the Spartan's victory over Milwaukee.
* Playing from Behind
MSU has scored the first goal of the game in only three of its matches
this season- in the 3-0 shutout at New Hampshire, in the Big Ten
opener at Northwestern and against Milwaukee. The game against New
Hampshire is also the only game that MSU has played this season in
which one of the teams scored more than two goals.
* Last Years, First Years Contributing
Each of MSU's 12 goals this season have been scored by either a senior
or a freshman. Freshman Adam Montague leads the team in scoring with
three goals and two assists. Senior Rubin Bega has two goals, while
seniors Cyrus Saydee, Joe Paljaj, and Garret Back all have one marker.
Freshmen Fatai Alashe, Kyle Rutz, and Ryan Keener each have one score
* A Streak of Sorts
Adam Montague has three goals in his last four games, which has allowed him to become the team's scoring leader. His goal against Milwaukee was the game-winner, and he tallied the lone Spartan goals against Northwestern and Ohio State.
* Last Time Out
The Spartans notched their third victory of the season at home in a
mid-week tilt against Milwaukee. MSU started off strong on offense,
posting 17 shots in the first period and forcing freshman keeper Josh
Rohde to make ten saves. Both teams remained scoreless in the first
half of play.
Michigan State got on the board first, taking advantage of a
corner kick opportunity. Cyrus Saydee inserted the ball which found
Adam Montague. Montague's header was directed to Mark Barone who
blasted a shot into the net. Milwaukee was able to tie up the score 20
minutes later off of a goal from Robert Refai. Montague scored the
eventual game winner after winning a 50/50 ball from the goalie about
22 yards out. He was able to get behind the keeper and went in alone
for his third goal in the last four games. Barone was credited with
the assist. Senior goalkeeper Jeremy Clark recorded a total of five
saves in the victory.
* Honoring a Legend
On Oct. 8-9, the Spartan men's and women's soccer programs will salute
Joe Baum, who retired from Michigan State University on June 30 after
parts of six decades as a part of the MSU soccer programs. The former
Spartan mentor will be honored at both the women's game against
Illinois on Saturday and the men's game against Penn State. It is also
alumni weekend for both programs. Baum served as the head coach of the
men's program for 32 years, and was the women's program's first head
coach (1986-90). He stepped down from his position of men;s head coach
after the 2008 season, and served his final two seasons as an
assistant to his former player and assistant, Damon Rensing.
Baum, who was a goalkeeper for the men's soccer program in the late
60s and helped the Spartans win a share of the 1968 NCAA Championship,
helped the most recent team into the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament,
where it fell to North Carolina in penalty kicks. He returned to his
alma mater as an assistant coach in the early 70s, and patrolled the
Spartan sidelines for 36 seasons. Baum stepped down as the head coach
of the program after the 2008 campaign, turning the reins of the
program over to his longtime assistant and former player, Rensing.
Baum stayed on with the program as an assistant coach to his protégé,
and last season, helped lead the Spartans into the NCAA Round of 16,
the furthest MSU had advanced in the NCAA Tournament since Baum was
the team's goalkeeper for the Spartan 1968 NCAA co-Champions.
* Media Darlings
The Big Ten Network will air 10 men's soccer games this fall, and of
the nine that have been announced, three will feature Michigan State
in Big Ten Conference matchups at DeMartin Stadium. The Spartans
hosted Ohio State last Sunday, (Oct. 2), and will host Penn State this
Sunday at noon. The Spartans will tangle with archrival Michigan on
Sunday, Oct. 30 in a battle for the Big Bear Trophy, which will also
* Next Up
The Spartans travel to Wisconsin for a 3 p.m. conference game on
Sunday, Oct. 16th.