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No. 16 MSU Men's Soccer Takes On Western Michigan, No. 9 Northwestern

Oct. 24, 2007

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2007 Michigan State Men's Soccer


Match #15

vs. Western Michigan

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007

Time: 3 p.m. EDT

Location: East Lansing, Mich. - Old College Field (2,200)

All-Time Series: MSU leads, 22-2-8

Last Meeting: MSU 4, MSU 0 (10/25/06)

Live Stats: Available at


Match #16

vs. No. 9 Northwestern

Date: Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007

Time: 4 p.m. EDT

Location: Evanston, Ill. - Thomas Sports Complex (300)

All-Time Series: MSU leads, 24-3-2

Last Meeting: MSU 2, UM 1 (10/2/06)

Live Stats: Available at

The 16th-ranked Michigan State men's soccer team (10-1-3, 2-1-1 Big Ten) will play its third consecutive non-conference match when it hosts Western Michigan at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24. MSU then returns to league play with a 4 p.m. match at Northwestern on Sunday, Oct. 28. The Spartans are a combined 46-5-10 all-time against the Broncos and Wildcats.

After losing just once in the season's first 14 contests, the Spartans have established themselves among the best team in the nation. Fifth-year senior Chris Austin (0.60 GAA) has played every minute in goal this season, and he plays in front of a defense anchored by seniors Rauwshan McKenzie and John Folino, junior Dave Hertel and freshman Nosa Iyoha. Junior forward Doug DeMartin (8g, 0a - 16) is the Big Ten's leading scorer and MSU's top offensive threat. Senior co-captain Kenzo Webster (4g, 6a - 14 ), the other starting forward, was MSU's leading scorer in 2006. Junior Zac Scaffidi leads the midfield corps along with seniors Kevin Reiman and Ryan Dick and freshman Spencer Thompson.

After winning intense and emotional matches against Notre Dame and Michigan, the Spartans faced a potential letdown against Oakland last week. MSU kept steady for a 2-1 win over the Grizzlies, who had won the three previous meetings against MSU. Defenders Rauwshan McKenzie and Nosa Iyoha scored goals for Michigan State.

Nosa Iyoha's tally in the 14th minute against Oakland last week made him the 11th Spartan to score a goal this season. Six MSU players have scored once, and five have scored multiple goals. Seventeen position players and goalie Chris Austin have seen action this season.

Chris Austin was named National Player of the Week last week by the NSCAA. He made 10 saves in shutout wins over No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 21 Michigan. Soccer America tabbed Spencer Thompson the week's best after scoring two goals in the Spartan victories.

Head coach Joe Baum is the second coach in Big Ten history to reach 300 career wins, following former Indiana boss Jerry Yeagley. Baum reached the 300-win plateau in MSU's 2-1 double-overtime win at Vermont on Sept. 9. The 31-year head coach, now boasts a 306-218-51 ledger at the helm of the Michigan State men's soccer program.

Michigan State travels to Cincinnati on Wednesday, Oct. 31 before closing the regular season at home versus Ohio State on Sunday, Nov. 4.



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