Oct. 10, 2006
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's soccer team heads to South Bend, Ind., to face No. 8 Notre Dame, Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. Last season, MSU played the Irish to a scoreless tie in East Lansing. The Spartans are looking for their first-ever victory in South Bend. Michigan State enters the contest at 6-4-2 while Notre Dame is 9-3-2.
Michigan State is led offensively by junior attacker Kenzo Webster. Webster has tallied six of MSU's 12 goals this season, three of those game-winners. Senior midfielder and co-captain Matt Kreikemeier has added two goals, including the Spartans' lone goal in their 1-1 tie last outing against Michigan. Sophomore forward Louis Stephens III has also scored two goals in 2006.
Senior goalkeeper and co-captain Jason Tillman is on pace to have his best year at MSU with a 0.58 goals against average, while posting six shutouts.
Beginning the season 6-2-0, Michigan State has been unlucky over the past four games, going 0-2-2 in that time. One of the two losses came in a 2-1, double overtime contest to No. 14 Indiana. The Spartans are 2-1-0 against ranked teams this season, having defeated No. 3 (NSCCA) New Mexico (1-0) and No. 19 (Soccer America) Virginia Commonwealth (1-0). MSU's last victory was against Bowling Green, 1-0, on Sept. 20.
Wednesday's game will mark the third-straight road contest for the Spartans. The Green and White played in-state rival Michigan to a 1-1 tie, Oct. 8, in Ann Arbor. Just days before, the Irish visited Michigan defeating the Wolverines, 2-0.
Notre Dame is paced by Joseph Lapira, who leads NCAA Division I men's soccer in goals with 17, and points with 36. He is also first with a 1.21 goals per game average. Lapira has notched two goals in each of the last five games, and has earned back-to-back Big East Offensive Player of the Week honors. Notre Dame currently is on a five-game win streak.
Following the Notre Dame match-up, MSU travels to Loyola (Chicago) on Sunday, Oct. 15, for a 2 p.m. kick off.