Oct. 11, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
The Michigan State men's soccer team will host perennial Big Ten power Indiana on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at DeMartin Stadium. The Spartans, 5-5 overall and 2-1 in conference play, have won their last two Big Ten games. Indiana enters Sunday with a 5-3-2 overall record and 1-1 conference mark.
The Series: The Spartans are 9-34-3 all time against the Hoosiers. The Spartans' nine wins against IU are tied for the most wins by any Big Ten school against the Hoosiers. MSU's last win in the series came in the 2004 Big Ten Tournament semifinals when it defeated IU, 2-1.
Leading the Nation: Senior Doug DeMartin's 2.44 points-per-game average ranks first in the NCAA and his 22 points put him in a tie for third, nationally. The Mason native's 10 goals are good for a tie for first in the country.
Set Up Man: Senior Zac Scaffidi ranks second in the Big Ten and is tied for ninth nationally with five assists this season. Scaffidi has nearly doubled his career assists total, as he entered the 2008 season with a total of six.
Moving On Up: Doug DeMartin's 70 career points have moved him into 12th place on the MSU all-time career points list. His ten goals this season have given him 31 for his career, which slot him in seventh place on the Spartan all-time list.
DeMartin is the first Spartan to reach the 30-career goal plateau since Zdravko Rom scored 30 from 1973-76. He is the first to record double figures in goals in back-to-back seasons since Peter Crawley scored 11 and 12 in 1985 and `86, respectively.
Stepping Up: Sophomore goalkeeper Avery Steinlage has started the last six games for the Spartans and his solid performances have moved him into the top of the conference in several goalkeeping catergories, including: save percentage (third, 0.825) and saves per game (first, 4.71).
New Faces: Six true freshman have seen action for the Spartans this season, including: Cyrus Saydee, Rubin Bega, Domenic Barone, Mark Barone, David Sayre and Stephen Lucianek. Both Saydee and Bega have recorded a goal and at least one assist.
Tough Competition: Eight of the opponents on the Spartans' schedule this season participated in last year's NCAA Tournament. MSU is still yet to take on Indiana, UIC and Northwestern - all of which were a part of last year's tourney.