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Men's Soccer Hosts Michigan In Battle For Big Bear Trophy
Greg Janicki and the Spartans host the Wolverines on Sunday afternoon.
Greg Janicki and the Spartans host the Wolverines on Sunday afternoon.

Oct. 14, 2005

EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's soccer team has been playing well lately. It is coming off a recent 0-0 tie with Notre Dame Tuesday, and a 2-0 ousting of Big Ten foe Ohio State last Sunday. MSU (4-3-5, 1-1-1) prepares to face in-state rival Michigan on Sunday, Oct. 16, at Old College Field at 1 p.m. MSU is in the middle of a six-game homestand, and after three games it is 1-1-1.

State has had recent success against Michigan (6-5-1, 1-1-0), beating UM in four of the last six matchups, including a 3-2 overtime win last year in Ann Arbor. The winner of the Michigan State-Michigan game captures the "Big Bear Trophy."

The Spartans are led by senior co-captain Ryan McMahen (Munster, Ind.) who scored both of the State's goals in its 2-0 victory over Ohio State. McMahen has six goals and five assists for 17 points on the season. He is currently in second place all-time in assists and eighth place all-time in points at MSU.

MSU netminder Jason Tillman (Jr., Brighton) has not allowed a goal in 250:49 of game action. He earned shutouts against Notre Dame and Ohio State, and hasn't seen a ball go past him since 39:11 into the Oakland match.

The Big Ten race is getting increasingly tighter. With one extra game under their belt, the Spartans are tied for second place and have a one-point advantage on the Wolverines, who fall in fourth. Penn State is out front with a 3-0 record and nine points, MSU and Indiana are tied in second with 4 points, UM, OSU, and Northwestern are in a three-way tie in fourth position, and Wisconsin brings up the rear. However, the race will shake out considerably this weekend with the MSU v. UM game, IU facing Wisconsin and Northwestern, and PSU travels to Columbus to face the Buckeyes.

The Spartans' matchup with the Wolverines will be televised on Comcast Local on a tape-delay basis.




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