Oct. 8, 2010
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
No. 18 Michigan State men's soccer squad will face the Nittany Lions when they travel to Penn State on Sunday (Oct. 9). Kickoff is at 3:00 p.m. at Jeffery Field in State College, Pa.
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Scouting the Spartans
A Look at the Nittany Lions
MSU enters its third Big Ten match with an overall record of 8-2-0, and 1-1-0 in the Big Ten. The Spartans are coming off a 2-0 victory over non-conference foe New Hampshire on Wednesday (Oct. 6). Brent Rosendall and Domenic Barone each contributed a goal and keeper Avery Steinlage tallied his fourth shutout of the season in the contest. Michigan State's offense has been spread among 11 players - nine of whom have scored - which places MSU at 15th in the nation in total goals (22). Domenic Barone is leading that offense with five goals and two assists, while Spencer Thompson, Brent Rosendall and Rubin Bega are each marking three goals. On the defense, Steinlage is posting a save percentage of .808 and a GAA of 1.03 on the season.
Penn State comes into the matchup 0-2-0 in the Big Ten and 7-3-0 overall. The Nittany Lions enters Sunday's game after a crucial 1-0 win over Villanova on Wednesday (Oct. 6), and are still looking to get their first Big Ten victory. Corey Hertzog is heading Penn State offense with 10 goals and four assists, with Jordan Tyler contributing three goals and Matheus Braga assisting on 10 scores. PSU's primary goalkeeper, Warren Gross, is boasting a GAA of 1.25 and a save percentage of .706.
Going into this weekend's competition, Michigan State is ranked No. 18 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll after last Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Buckeyes. Other polls find the Spartans as high as eighth (Soccer America); Top Drawer Soccer has MSU at No. 18, and College Soccer News has the Spartans slotted at 17th.
Big Ten Leaders
Michigan State is tied for third place in the Big Ten standings with a conference record of 1-1-0, and the squad is 8-2-0 overall. Currently there are six Spartans who are among conference leaders in the Big Ten statistical rankings. With 12 points this season, Domenic Barone is tied for fifth in the conference in points and second in points per game (1.71). Spencer Thompson, who is posting 11 points, 1.10 per game is sitting at eighth in both lists too. Barone is also fourth in the Big Ten in goals (5), while Thompson, Rubin Bega and Brent Rosendall are tied for ninth with three apiece. Thompson's five and Mark Barone's three assists have them ranked at fourth and ninth respectively in the conference in assists. Goalkeeper Avery Steinlage has a spot in the top ten in every category of the Big Ten rankings. The senior is sitting at fifth in GAA (1.03) and save percentage (.808). He is also tied for second in shutouts (4), is third in saves (42) and fourth in saves per game (4.20)
As of last weekend, Michigan State ranks 15th nationally in total offense (20 goals), and is 20th in the country in scoring offense, averaging 2.22 goals per game. The squad is also 13th in winning percentage (.778).
Individually, Cyrus Saydee is sixth in total assists (6) and is ninth in assists per game (0.67). Spencer Thompson is 13th in total assists (5) and 18th in assists per game (0.63).