Soccer Takes on No. 2 Indiana
Michigan State celebrates senior day, while playing for a share of the B1G title.
EAST LANSING, Mich. - No. 7 Michigan State men’s soccer (11-2-2, 5-0-2 B1G) concludes the regular-season this week against No. 2 Indiana (13-0-3, 5-0-2 B1G) on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. at DeMartin. The battle can be seen on ESPNU.
MSU Notes vs. Indiana
MSU’s five B1G wins ties a school record for most conference wins, matching the 2016 and 2008 squads. The Spartans can set a new school record and clinch at least a share of the B1G title facing Indiana in the regular-season finale on Sunday.
MSU will celebrate its six seniors: Brad Centala Jimmy Fiscus, Ken Krolicki, Michael Marcantognini Ryan Scott and Phil Stair.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
There is a three-way tie for first place, heading into the final regular-season game of the year. Michigan State, Indiana and Maryland are all knotted with 5-0-2 Big Ten records. All three teams have a chance for a share of the B1G title on Sunday. The Spartans and Hoosiers meet in a battle for the title. Maryland meets Michigan on Sunday. Michigan currently stands alone in fourth with 16 points.
SCOUTING REPORT: INDIANA
The No. 2 Hoosiers bring a 13-0-3 overall and 5-0-2 in record into Sunday’s clash with the Spartans after a win against Wisconsin on Saturday Oct. 21. The Hoosiers are the only team in the Big Ten without a loss this season. Indiana’s only ties are against No. 2 Maryland, No. 18 Michigan and No. 19 Butler.
Indiana’s success this season is due in part to the amazing play of freshman goalkeeper Trey Muse, who has allowed only three goals all season for a GAA of 0.18. The Indiana offense is equally strong, as Mason Toye is first in the Big Ten in goals with nine. Toye is also second in the league in points with 19.
Overall, Indiana leads the overall series 39-16-4. Michigan State trails the series 6-16-0 at DeMartin Stadium. The Hoosiers have won the last two meetings, including falling to IU 4-1 at DeMartin in 2015. This is the third-straight season that MSU had ended the regular-season against IU.
Last season In its regular-season finale, the No. 13 Michigan State men’s soccer team had its three-game winning streak halted by No. 10 Indiana, 2-1, at Bill Armstrong Stadium in Bloomington, Indiana. The Spartans tied the score at 1-1 just under 10 minutes later. Sophomore forward Ryan Sierakowski delivered his team-leading ninth goal of the season.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Spartans’ 5-0-2 Big Ten start matches the 2016 and 2008 squads for most B1G wins in the season.
TAKING ON THE HOOSIER STATE
The Spartans end the regular season with a pair of games against ranked teams from the Hoosier state. MSU’s game against No. 17 Notre Dame on Tuesday was cancelled. The Spartans will end the Big Ten regular season hosting No. 2 Indiana on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. on ESPNU. The Spartans will look to remain undefeated at DeMartin Stadium for the second-straight season.
MAKING YOUR MARK
Michigan State redshirt-junior goalkeeper Jimmy Hague has made quite an impact in his two season’s starting in net. Hague has a 0.69 goals against average during his career, which places him third all-time in MSU history behind Kevin O’Connell (0.47, 1966) and Hall of Famer Joe Baum (0.68, 1967-68). Hague is sixth in shutouts with 16. Zach Bennett (2012-15) is the all-time leader in shutouts at MSU with 35.
MSU head coach Damon Rensing reached a coaching milestone. With the win against Penn State on Oct. 14, the Spartan leader reached 100 career wins. Overall, he is now 101-60-24 at MSU.
KEEPERS KEEPING IT CLEAN
Sunday’s match-up features two of the top goalkeepers in the nation as MSU redshirt-junior Jimmy Hague is tied for second in the NCAA in shutouts (10), as well as seventh in goals against average (0.514), while Indiana freshman Trey Muse is first in the country in goals against average (0.18) and first in shutouts with 13.
Two of the Spartans’ last three games have been cancelled due to inclement weather. MSU had its home games against Oakland (Oct. 17) and Notre Dame (Oct. 24) cancelled because of excessive rain in the East Lansing area.
In this week’s RPI rankings, Michigan State are eighth-ranked. The Spartans tough schedule included six-straight games. MSU is one of three teams B1G ranked in the top 15 along with fifth-ranked Maryland and No. 12-ranked Indiana. Michigan is also in the top-20, standing No. 17.
CLIMBING THE CHARTS
With six goals so far this season, junior forward DeJuan Jones is now just three from tying forward Ryan Sierakowski’s mark of nine goals of last season. The last Spartan to reach double-figures in goals scored was Domenic Barone, brother of Hunter and Giuseppe, who scored 10 in 2010.
Joe Baum: HALL OF FAMER
Former MSU soccer head coach and player Joe Baum was inducted into the MSU Hall of Fame on Thursday, Sept. 29. Baum was a part of Michigan State soccer as a player, assistant coach and head coach for a combined 39 seasons. As a goalkeeper, he led MSU to back-to-back co-national championships. Later, he served as the head coach of the men’s program for 32 years and the women’s program for five years, compiling a combined 389 victories. Baum established himself as one of the titans of college soccer during his tenure with the Spartan men’s team. He finished his career with 320 victories, becoming just the second coach in Big Ten history to reach the 300-win plateau.
FANS IN THE STANDS
The Spartans are eighth in the nation in attendance, averaging 2,301 fans per home game. Three Big Ten teams are ranked in the top 10 in the nation with Maryland standing No. 1 (4,039), while Indiana is sixth (2,482).
For the second-time this season, Michigan State topped its DeMartin Stadium attendance record when 4,678 fans packed the stadium and a standing room only crowd watched No. 6 MSU battle to a 0-0 double overtime tie against No. 3 Maryland on Sept. 22. In the first night game of the season on Sept. 1, 3,515 fans filled DeMartin. The previous high was 3,175 last season when MSU defeated Michigan on Sept. 18, 2016.
Due in part to the amazing student section known as the Red Cedar Rowdies, Michigan State is an impressive 14-0-3 in its last 17 games at DeMartin Stadium. Last season, MSU set a school-record with most wins at home going 9-0-2. In 2017, the Spartans are already 5-0-1 at home. In its last home match, MSU defeated Penn State in Big Ten action on October 14.
BEST OF THE BEST
Michigan State is among the nation’s best in the latest NCAA statistics. MSU is second in the nation in shutout percentage (.643) and 11th in team goals against average (0.667). Redshirt-junior goalkeeper Jimmy Hague is second in the nation in shutouts with 10, seventh in goals against average (0.514) and 12th in save percentage (.837). The junior forward dynamic duo of Ryan Sierakowski and DeJuan Jones are tied for seventh and 25th in the nation in game-winning goals with four and three, respectively. Junior defender Connor Corrigan is 38th in assists with six.
In 15 games this season, the Spartans are 9-1 in games decided by one goal. Michigan State has won seven 1-0 games and defeated Rutgers, 2-1 on Sept. 8. Last season, the Spartans were an exceptional 10-3 in one-goal games, including four wins in 1-0 decisions.
BIG TIME, BIG TEN
This week, the Spartans are No. 9 in the United Soccer Coaches Poll. This week, there are three Big Ten teams ranked in the top 10 with Indiana standing No. 1, while Maryland remains No. 3. Future opponent Notre Dame is No. 12 this week. The mitten state is well represented as Western Michigan is No. 8, while Michigan stands No. 23 this week.
In the latest Top Drawer Soccer poll, Michigan State is currently No. 12. In this week’s College Soccer News poll, MSU is No. 8.
SENIOR CLASS AWARD
Senior defender Jimmy Fiscus was one of 60 NCAA® men’s and women’s soccer student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were selected as candidates for the 2017 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate soccer. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
CHECK OUT THE STANDINGS
As Michigan State reaches the end of Big Ten action, the Spartans, Indiana and Maryland are tied for first place with 17 points. Michigan stand in fourth place with 16 points and a 5-1-1 record. Junior forwards DeJuan Jones and Ryan Sierakowski are tied for fourth in the league in goals scored with six goals. Sierakowski is tied for second in the B1G with four game-winning goals.
Redshirt-junior goalkeeper Jimmy Hague is second in shutouts with 10. Hague is also second in goals against average with a mark of 0.51.
PIMLOTT EARNS B1G HONOR
Michigan State sophomore defender Michael Pimlott earned his first career Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor. He led the Michigan State defense that held a clean sheet on the road against Northwestern for the Spartans’ 10th shutout of the season. He scored the game-winner with his first collegiate goal in the 77th minute. The last Michigan State Defensive Player of the Week was Jimmy Hague (Sept. 26, 2017).
OH CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN
This season, the Spartans have three captains in senior Jimmy Fiscus, Brad Centala and Ryan Scott.
Sophomore Giuseppe Barone became the fourth member of the Barone family to don the Green and White last season. He joins current Spartan Hunter as well as former MSU players Mark (2008-11) Domenic (2008-12).
Michigan State concludes a two-game homestand against in-state rival Oakland on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. MSU will then travel to Northwestern on Friday, Oct. 20 at 8:30 p.m. (ET).