Mens Soccer Faces No. 18 Michigan on Saturday
Oct. 17, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's soccer team will travel to Ann Arbor to face No. 18 Michigan on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Spartans (7-5, 3-1) enter Saturday's game having won five of their last six matches, including wins over Indiana and No. 14 UIC.
Saturday's match will be broadcast with a same-day tape delay on the Big Ten Network at 5:30 p.m.
The Series: The Spartans are 25-3-5 all time against the Wolverines. In the last meeting between the teams, MSU shutout then No. 21 Michigan, 5-0, in East Lansing. MSU is 4-0-1 against the Wolverines in their last five meetings.
Huge W's: The Spartans picked up two big wins in their last two games, defeating perennial Big Ten power Indiana, 2-0, and then No. 14 UIC, 3-1. MSU's win over the Hoosiers was its first since 2004 and just their second since 1965. The Spartans' win over UIC was their first over a ranked opponent since defeating Michigan last season.
Among the Best: Entering this week and prior to scoring twice against UIC on Wednesday, senior Doug DeMartin ranked second in the NCAA in points-per-game average at 2.18. His 24 points ranked fourth nationally. The Mason native's 11 goals ranked in a tie for second as well.
Currently, DeMartin's 13 goals and 28 points lead the Big Ten. His 28 points this season are the second most by a Spartan since 1983 when Tom Doherty registered 28.
Set Up Man: Senior Zac Scaffidi ranks in a tie for second in the Big Ten in assists with six. Scaffidi has doubled his career assists total, as he entered the 2008 season with a total of six.
Climbing the Charts: Doug DeMartin's 76 career points have moved him into 10th place on the MSU all-time career points list. His ten goals this season have given him 34 for his career, which slot him in fifth 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 score 13 goals in a season since 1982 when Tom King scored 15.
Stepping Up: The Spartans are 6-2 since Sophomore goalkeeper Avery Steinlage took over as the starter in goal. He has posted three complete-game shutouts and his .857 save percentage ranks second in the conference while his 5.33 save-per-game average is good for first.
Firsts: Senior defender David Hertel scored his first-career goal in Wednesday's 3-1 win over UIC. Hertel joins freshmen Cyrus Saydee, Rubin Bega and Domenic Barone who have also all recorded their first-career goals this season.
Tough Competition: Eight of the opponents on the Spartans' schedule this season participated in last year's NCAA Tournament. Today's game is MSU's fourth game this season against a ranked opponent. The Spartans dropped one-goal games to No. 21 New Mexico and No. 15 Ohio State and defeated No. 14 UIC.
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