Oct. 29, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- - Michigan State freshman Jay Chapman (Campbellford, Ontario) has been named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, as announced by the Conference office on Monday, Oct. 29. Chapman scored the first three goals of his career in an upset of No. 16 Indiana, helping the Spartans to a 3-1 victory over the Hoosiers on Sunday at DeMartin Stadium.
Chapman got his first collegiate marker in the first half, a rocket from 22 yards out that allowed the Spartans to take a lead into the intermission. In the second half, he added two more to help his team plant themselves firmly in the Big Ten title race. His second goal was a beautiful individual effort in which he broke away in the midfield and carried the ball into the box unmarked and slid a nice ball out of the reach of Indiana keeper Luis Soffner; his third came off a feed from Adam Montague - his second assist of the day - in which he fed Chapman at the top of the penalty area. Chapman maneuvered around the defender and completed his hat trick.
The Spartan victory on Sunday put them right in the thick of the Big Ten race entering the final weekend of play.
MSU and Indiana are tied for third in the standings at 3-2-0 (nine points). Indiana hosts Northwestern on Thursday in Bloomington, and should Indiana to defeat or earn a tie with the Wildcats, a Spartan victory in Saturday's regular-season finale at Michigan could set up the Spartans to claim a share of the Big Ten title (if Indiana wins) or win it outright if the Hoosiers and Wildcats play to a draw.
While the team will certainly look forward to Saturday's game with archrival Michigan, the Spartans attentions will first be focused on Wednesday's game with No. 2 Akron at DeMartin Stadium. The Zips recently secured their eighth consecutive MAC regular-season men's soccer title, and will be looking to exact revenge after MSU ended their 48-game home unbeaten streak last October. Gametime on Wednesday is 3 p.m.