Men's Soccer Hosts No. 3 Notre Dame, No. 21 Michigan
 
 
 
Junior Louis Stephens III has scored two goals in two weeks
 
Junior Louis Stephens III has scored two goals in two weeks
 
 

Oct. 10, 2007

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2007 Michigan State Men's Soccer

 

Match #11

Vs. No. 3 Notre Dame

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007

Time: 4 p.m. EDT

Location: East Lansing, Mich. - Old College Field (2,200)

All-Time Series: Notre Dame leads, 10-3-5

Last Meeting: Notre Dame 3, MSU 0 (10/11/06)

Live Stats: Available at www.MSUSpartans.com

 

Match #12

Vs. No. 21 Michigan

Date: Sunday, Oct. 14, 2007

Time: 3:05 p.m. EDT

Location: East Lansing, Mich. - Old College Field (2,200)

All-Time Series: MSU leads, 24-3-5

Last Meeting: MSU 1, UM 1 (10/8/06)

TV: Big Ten Network (Live) Steve Schlanger, PxP

Live Stats: Available at www.MSUSpartans.com

 

 

Kickoff

Two nationally-ranked opponents come to Old College Field this week, as the No. 24 Michigan State men's soccer team (7-1-2) hosts No. 3 Notre Dame on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. and No. 21 Michigan on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 3 p.m. MSU's match against the Wolverines will be telecast live on the Big Ten Network.

 

Scouting the Spartans

The Spartans continue the season's toughest stretch aiming to rebound from their first loss of the season. Fifth-year senior Chris Austin (0.65 GAA) has played every minute in goal this season, and he plays in front of a defense anchored by seniors Rauwshan McKenzie and John Folino, junior Dave Hertel and freshman Nosa Iyoha. Junior forward Doug DeMartin (6g, 0a - 12) is the team's leading scorer and offensive threat. Senior co-captain Kenzo Webster (2g, 3a - 7), the other starting forward, was MSU's leading scorer in 2006. Junior Zac Scaffidi leads the midfield corps along with seniors Kevin Reiman and Ryan Dick and freshman Spencer Thompson.

 

SPARTANS SPLIT LAST WEEK

For the first time this season, the Spartans could not finish a week of play unbeaten. MSU picked up a 1-0 win over Bowling Green at home last Wednesday, but dropped a 2-0 decision Saturday night at No. 17 Indiana. Louis Stephens III scored MSU's only goal of the week, the game-winning tally against the Falcons.

 

SCOUTING NOTRE DAME

The Irish, winners of six of their last seven, enter the match with an 8-1-2 record and the number two ranking in the nation. Ryan Miller leads Notre Dame with four goals and 10 points. Goalkeeper Andrew Cahill is 7-0-2 with four shutouts and a 0.43 GAA.

 

SCOUTING MICHIGAN

No. 16 Michigan (8-2-1) started the season with seven straight wins, but has lost its last two matches. Jake Stacy, who is among the nation's leaders with seven assists, leads the team with 13 points. Goalkeeper Patrick Sperry owns six shutouts and a 0.81 GAA.

   

ROOM AT THE TOP FOR BAUM

Head coach Joe Baum is the second coach in Big Ten history to reach 300 career wins, following former Indiana boss Jerry Yeagley. Baum reached the 300-win plateau in MSU's 2-1 double-overtime win at Vermont on Sept. 9. The 31-year head coach, now boasts a 303-218-50 ledger at the helm of the Michigan State men's soccer program.

 

Up Next

Michigan State's schedule slows down a bit next week, as the Spartans play just one match.  MSU hosts Oakland on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 4 p.m.