No. 14 Spartans Host Oakland In Mid-Week Matchup
Oct. 15, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Continuing a home-field stretch, the No. 14 Michigan State men's soccer team will play host for a mid-week game against the Oakland Golden Grizzlies on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 4 p.m.
In the Rankings
Michigan State is also ranked 13th by TopDrawerSoccer.com. No. 14 in the NSCAA poll,16th in the SoccerTimes.com poll,19th by College Sports Madness, No. 21 by Soccer America and 22nd in the College Soccer News poll. Regionally, the Spartans are tied for second with Louisville in the NSCAA Great Lakes poll.
Currently, the Spartans are second in the Big Ten standings, just behind Penn State. They lead the Big Ten in goals against average (0.66), fewest goals allowed (seven) and assists per game (2.30). The team is No. 2 in shutouts (6), total assists (23), total shots (182), total saves (49) and goals per game (1.90 avg.), and is tied for third in total points (61).
MSU is tied for No. 3 in the nation in save percentage (.875), sixth in shutout percentage (.60), seventh in assists per game (2.30), is No. 12 in won-lost-tied percentage (.800), tied for 14th in total assists (23), is No. 15 in points per game (6.10) and sits at 16th in goals against average (.66).
Last Time Out
Michigan State was able to capitalize in the 64th minute as Adam Montague sent in a header on his seventh shot of the game off a corner kick from Ryan Thelen. Montague, who leads the conference in shots (43) and shots per game with a 4.30 average, recorded his fourth goal of the season to give MSU a 1-0 lead.
After the Spartans defended additional chances for the Buckeyes, Ohio State's Kofi Agyapong passed a ball to Ryan Ivancic who slotted it in the box from the left wing to tie the game 1-1 with under six minutes remaining in regulation.
MSU attempted to take the lead before the end of the half as Thelen set up another header for Montague, but the Ohio State keeper made a save to send the game into overtime. Neither team could regain the lead through double-overtime, and they match ended in a draw in front of a season-high of 2,032 in attendance.
Join The Chain
"It might sound cliché, but I'm all about the program and I wanted to do something promotional wise that would be for the team, but at the same time helping my skills," said Dobbins. "(Assistant coach) Kylie (Stannard) likes to say that I did 95% and he did 5% because he came up with the idea. We wanted to do some type of video and we thought that this would be a good way to symbolize the team and connecting everyone who supports us. We thank everyone who helped make it possible."
His 43 shots and 4.30 shot per game average leads the conference. He also recorded an assist in the team's first Big Ten win of the season and the first road win over Northwestern since 2001. Though he was held to just three shots at Illinois-Chicago on Tuesday, he earned his second goal of the season with a shot off an assist from Jay Chapman to put the Spartans up 1-0 at Flames Field.
For two-straight weeks, goalkeeper Zach Bennett was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week by the conference office on Sept. 16 and 23. Bennett's career-high eight saves helped the Spartans to their second-straight shutout against Bowling Green with a 1-0 home win on Sept. 18. With the help of his backline, he earned his third shutout in four games as the Spartans blanked Marquette on the road on Sept. 15. It marked the third weekly honor for the Plano, Texas, native who has played in every minute of the 2013 season.
Bennett is currently first in the Big Ten with a .873 Sv%, goals against average (0.66), is No. 2 in shutouts per game (0.60 avg.), shutouts (6), saves (48) and saves per game (4.80 avg.). The sophomore is also No. 4 in the nation in save percentage and is 17th in the country in goals against average.
Another Brick In The Wall
The Groundwork of the Grizzlies
In his fifth season as head coach, Eric Pogue owns a 38-37-13 record and returns 17 letterwinners from the 2012 squad that finished 11-7-1. The Grizzlies, who are now in the Horizon League, had the best record for their final season in the Summit League in 2012. Oakland is led by Joey Tinnion (6-2-14), Miche'le Lipari (4-1-9) and Matt Dudley (2-1-5). In goal, Sean Lewis owns a 0.73 GAA with a .812 Sv%, playing in 11 of the Grizzlies' 12 games this season.
State-ing Their Claim
Hovering Over the Horizon League
The `Golden' Win
Ranked No. 4 in the Big Ten by TopDrawerSoccer.com, Kevin Cope returns for his final season as a team captain for the Spartans. He was recognized on TopDrawerSoccer.com's Preseason Best XI second team and is ranked No. 22 of the top-100 Division I players.
Adam Montague, also a team captain, was ranked sixth in the conference by TopDrawerSoccer.com's heading into the 2013 season after posting a goal in every game of the 2012 Big Ten Tournament. He is also No. 47 in the country on TopDrawerSoccer.com's top-100.
Receiving some well-deserved recognition, Fatai Alashe was named National Player of the Week on Oct. 1 by TopDrawerSoccer.com. With Kevin Cope currently out of the backline, midfielder/defender Fatai Alashe expanded his position on the field and lent his skills where the MSU needed them most. The veteran Spartan put Michigan State on the board with a goal at No. 3 Creighton on Sept. 24 and added an assist in the home victory over North Illinois on Sept. 28.
Following his first goal scored of the 2013 season in the Spartans' shutout win over Northern Illinois, sophomore Jay Chapman was named Big Ten Player of the Week by College Soccer Madness on Oct. 1. He recorded five shots and a game-winning goal to put the Spartans on the board over the Huskies, and earned an assist in the 2-2 draw against No. 3 Creighton.
After recording his first career goal in his inaugural start as a Spartan, freshman Dewey Lewis was named Big Ten Player of the Week by College Soccer Madness on Sept. 2. Lewis stole the ball away from a Bronco defender and beat the keeper to earn an unassisted goal.
In addition to Dewey Lewis' first career goal scored against Western Michigan in his Spartan debut, redshirt senior Ryan Thelen scored his first career goal on Sept. 6 against Oregon State. The game-winning goal was scored off Thelen's seventh corner kick of the game, hooked into the back right corner of the net to give the Spartans a 1-0 victory.
With the win, MSU improved to 2-0 which marked the first time the Spartans started with a two-game shutout since 2007 under former head coach Joe Baum. It was the first 2-0 start to the season for head coach Damon Rensing and the first time in the Rensing era that the Spartans had not allowed a goal in the first two games
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.
The two-time captain has already made a huge impact on the pitch for the Spartans this season. Recording one career goal prior to 2013, Cope has scored two goals for the Spartans this season.
At The Helm
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. Stannard and Pirmann have both served as the head coach of Detroit City FC, which plays in the National Premier Soccer League. Stannard made his debut in 2012, while Pirmann coached the team in 2013. Former MSU keeper Jeremy Clark, who played for MSU 2008-11, is now in his second season as the team's volunteer coach.
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