Oct. 30, 2009
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's soccer team will play its final home game of the season on Sunday (Nov. 1) when it hosts San Diego State at 12 p.m. at DeMartin Stadium. MSU enters Sunday's game at 10-4-1 on the year, having won its last four games. San Diego State is currently 6-4-4 on the season and in second place in the Pac-10.
The Last Time Out: The Spartans got their fourth consecutive win, defeating Notre Dame, 2-1, on Wednesday at DeMartin Stadium. Rubin Bega scored his team-leading eighth goal of the year in the first half and Cyrus Saydee scored the game-winner just over 12 minutes into the second half to give MSU the win.
Thank You, Tim: As the lone senior on this year's team, the Spartan soccer program would like to recognize Tim Granaderos for his dedication and commitment. The Portage, Mich., native appeared in nearly 70 games in his four-year career and became a starter on the Spartans' backline this season.
SDSU Series History: The Spartans and Aztecs have met three times, with series tied at 1-1-1. MSU won the most recent meeting in 2004, defeating the Aztecs, 2-0, in San Diego.
Spartans Making a Charge: Similar to last season when MSU went 8-0-1 to end the season, the Spartans are starting their own run this year as they are 4-0 in their last four games. The streak began at Indiana with a 1-0 double-overtime win, followed by consecutive 2-1-wins over Bowling Green, Michigan and Notre Dame.
MSU was slotted at No. 23 in the most recent RPI rankings, which came out prior to Wednesday's win over Notre Dame.
Saydee Stays Hot: Sophomore Cyrus Saydee has stepped up for the Spartans over the course of MSU's four-game winning streak as he has scored a goal in each of the last three games. Saydee has gotten the game-winners in MSU's last two wins over Michigan and Notre Dame.
Defense Among Best in Nation: The Spartan defense has allowed a conference-low 10 goals in 15 games this season. Entering the week, MSU's team goals-against average ranked No. 13.
Just three times in the last 27 games has MSU allowed more than one goal, while it has posted 17 shutouts in that span.
Up Next: MSU will take on consensus No. 1 Akron on Wednesday before wrapping up the regular season on Friday at Northwestern.