Men's Soccer Sweeps Weekly Conference Awards
Oct. 19, 2009
EAST LANSING, Mich. - A day after the Michigan State men's soccer team defeated No. 23 Indiana, 1-0, in double overtime, the Big Ten Conference announced today that junior Jeff Ricondo and junior goalkeeper Avery Steinlage were named Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively.
Ricondo played all 102:03 of Sunday's game and scored the game-winner just over two minutes into the second overtime session off a pass from Rubin Bega. Ricondo led the Spartans with three shots in the game and the conference honor is the first of his career. The Wheaton, Ill., native has four goals and four assists this season.
Steinlage made eight saves in Sunday's win, which was his highest single-game total since making 10 stops in last year's 1-0 win over Michigan on Oct. 18, 2008. The shutout was his sixth of the season and gave him 19 for his career, good enough for a third-place tie on the MSU all-time chart. The weekly award is the fourth of his career and second this season as he also claimed the accolade on Sept. 14.
The weekly conference award sweep is the first for MSU since Nov. 3, 2008 when Louis Stephens III and Steinlage each claimed honors.
MSU became the fifth school in history to record three consecutive wins over perennial national power Indiana.
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