Men's Soccer Faces Tough Road Test at No. 8 Notre Dame
Oct. 8, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. - After a dramatic 1-0 win over Wisconsin on Sunday, the Michigan State men's soccer team will look to keep its good fortune alive as it travels to South Bend, Ind., to take on eighth-ranked Notre Dame Wednesday (Oct. 8) night at 7 p.m.
"These last couple weeks of practice have been really tough and they have prepared us well," said sophomore Colin Givens. "I expect us to go down to Notre Dame and have a good game."
MSU has won its last three games to improve its record to 5-4 overall and 2-1 in the conference. The Spartans have outscored their opponents by a count of 11-3 in those three wins.
Scouting the Irish: Notre Dame leads the all-time series with MSU, 10-4-5, and enters Wednesday's match with an overall record of 6-3-1. In the last meeting between the two teams, MSU defeated then No. 3 ranked Notre Dame last season, 1-0. The Fighting Irish are coming off a 3-1 road loss to Michigan.
National Leader: Spartan senior forward Doug DeMartin leads the NCAA in points-per-game average (2.44) and is tied for second in goals-per-game average (1.11). His 10 goals put him a tie for third nationally. DeMartin has led the Big Ten in points and goals all season.
Stepping Up: MSU is 4-1 since sophomore goalkeeper Avery Steinlage took over in goal. His 5.0 save-per-game average is tops in the conference and his .882 save percentage is second in the Big Ten.
Moving up the Charts: Doug DeMartin's 31 career goals put him alone in seventh place on MSU's all-time career goal list. With 12 goals last season and 10 so far this season, DeMartin has now reached double figures in goals in back-to-back seasons. He is the first Spartan to achieve this feat since Peter Crawley scored 11 and 12 goals in 1985 and 1986, respectively.
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