Nov. 3, 2009
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's soccer team will face its biggest test of the year on Wednesday (Nov. 4) night when it travels to No. 1 Akron for a 7:30 p.m. match. The Spartans, undefeated in their last five games, are coming off a 1-1 tie with San Diego State on Sunday in its final regular-season home game of the year.
"We're starting to play a lot better soccer, so this is as good as a time as any to take on the No. 1 team in the country," said junior Nosa Iyoha.
MSU is 1-0-1 against teams ranked in the NSCAA/adidas Coaches Poll this season as it tied then-No. 10 UIC, 0-0, on Sept. 6 and defeated then-23rd Indiana, 1-0, in double overtime on Oct. 23.
Michigan State (10-4-2) enters Wednesday's match 14th nationally in team goals-against average (0.66), while Akron leads the nation in scoring with a 2.81 goals-per game average. Just three times in the last 28 games has MSU surrendered more than one goal and the Spartans are looking forward to the challenge of facing the nation's top-scoring team.
"We're going in with the mentality that we have nothing to lose," said junior Colin Givens. "We are going to go at them and maybe play a little more risky than we ordinarily would. We're excited."
The 16-0 Zips have outscored their opponents by a count of 45-3 this season and are 4-0 against the Big Ten, defeating Indiana, Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State.