Michigan State welcomes Detroit to DeMartin Stadium on Wednesday for a non-conference meeting. Kickoff time is 4 p.m.
The Spartans are coming off a big 2-1 victory at Ohio State last weekend, earning their first Big Ten victory of the season and improving their record to 4-6-1 and 1-1-0 in conference play. Michigan State
s two goals came less than two minutes apart in the second half, with the first coming from Luke Norman followed by the game-winner from Sean Conerty on his first collegiate goal. Zach Bennett made four saves in his collegiate debut.
The Last Meeting
August 27, 2011
East Lansing, Mich.
Men's Soccer Dominates, But Falls 1-0 in OT
A penalty kick conversion by Otieno Victor in the 96th minute was the golden goal for Detroit, as the Michigan State men's soccer team fell to its in-state rival, 1-0, in the season opener for both teams.
Michigan State is 7-4-1 all-time against Detroit and 3-2-1 hosting the Titans in East Lansing.
Detroit is 5-5-0 on the season and 2-0 in Horizon league play. Adam Bedell leads the offensive attack for the Titans with seven goals and two assists, and was named Horizon League offensive player of the week for the third consecutive weeks. He is followed by Pat Lepera who has four goals and Matt Harkema with two goals. Kevin Pinkos is the team's leading assist man with four. Nathan Steinwascher has played every minute in net for the Titans so far this season. He has recorded 45 saves and holds a 1.80 GAA and .714 save percentage.
Five teams on MSU's 2012 slate appear in this week's NSCAA National poll. Four of those teams (all MSU non-conference opponents) are in the current NSCAA Top 10: No. 3 Akron, No. 4 Marquette, No. 6 Connecticut, and No. 7 Notre Dame. Conference opponent Indiana is No. 12 while Northwestern also received votes.
Some significant injuries have shortened MSU's bench this season, with players being lost for the remainder of the year. Starting back Josh Barens has not seen the field at all this season, but is expected to be ready to go for spring training and games. He will apply for a medical redshirt season. Freshman Andrew Herr sustained a season-ending injury in the exhibition game vs. IPFW, and will also apply for a medical redshirt.
MSU lost two players for the remainder of the season during the Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge - Wesley Curtis sustained his injury against Notre Dame, and Kyle Rutz in the home game against Marquette.
Head Coach Damon Rensing is in his fourth season as head coach, but embarks on his 14th on the Spartan sideline after a standout career for the Spartans (1993-96). Rensing is 31-23-9 in his first three seasons as head coach, but MSU boasts an 110-64-21 (.619) overall record with Rensing on the sidelines, including 11 or more wins in eight seasons. Kylie Stannard and Ben Pirmann serve as the Spartan assistants. Pirmann is also a former Spartan letterwinner, and previously served the program as the volunteer assistant before returning to his alma mater after a coaching stint at Western Michigan. Stannard is a graduate of Creighton, which reached the Elite Eight twice in his career and the semifinals once. Prior to coming to MSU, he was an assistant coach at Northern Illinois. This past summer, Stannard made his debut as the head coach of Detroit City FC, which plays in the National Premier Soccer League. Former MSU keeper Jeremy Clark, (2008-11), is now in his first season as the team's volunteer coach.
Michigan State was selected third in the pre-season Big Ten men's soccer poll. In conjunction with the pre-season survey, Senior Domenic Barone , junior Kevin Cope and sophomore Adam Montague were mentioned on the Big Ten 2012 Players to Watch List.
There are lots of great ways to follow the soccer program - as well as all 25 of MSU's varsity sports - other than gameday. Videos, previews, and game recaps can be found at www.MSUSpartans.com, while coverage of the team on twitter can be found at @MSUMSoccer and @MSU_Athletics . On facebook, "like" us at www.facebook.com/pages/Michigan-State-Mens-Soccer.
Michigan State will appear two more times on the Big Ten Network this season - which includes this Sunday's game at Penn State and Oct. 21st against Wisconsin. The Big Ten Network will also televise the Big Ten Tournament, which will be held Nov. 7-11 at Northwestern.
The Spartans travel to Penn State for a 3 p.m. game on Sunday that will be featured on Big Ten Network. The Spartans play again on the road next Wednesday at Oakland before returning home to play Wisconsin on Sunday, Oct. 21.