Oct. 22, 2005
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's soccer team has been playing well lately, especially in Big Ten contests. It is coming off two 2-0 defeats of Ohio State and in-state rival Michigan in its last two conference matchups. MSU (5-3-5, 2-1-1) prepares to face the first-place Penn State Nittany Lions on Sunday, Oct. 23, at Old College Field at 2:30 p.m. MSU is nearing the end of a six-game homestand, and after four games it is 2-1-1.
After downing Ohio State last weekend in Columbus, Penn State is 4-0-0 in the Big Ten and alone in first place. At 2-1-1 the Spartans stand in third, behind Indiana and PSU. Despite a loss to PSU last season, MSU has won four out of the last five matchups.
The Spartans are led by senior co-captain Ryan McMahen (Munster, Ind.) who scored both of State's goals in its 2-0 victory over Ohio State and the game winning goal against Michigan last weekend. McMahen has seven goals and five assists for 19 points on the season. He is currently in second place all-time in assists and sixth place all-time in points at MSU.
MSU netminder Jason Tillman (Jr., Brighton) has not allowed a goal in 340:49 of game action. He earned shutouts against Michigan, Notre Dame, and Ohio State, and hasn't seen a ball go past him since 39:11 into the Oakland match (Oct. 5). His efforts against Notre Dame and Michigan earned him Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week Honors (Oct. 17).