MSU hosts OSU in B1G Tournament Sunday
The third-seeded Spartans take on the sixth-seeded Buckeyes in the quarterfinals.
EAST LANSING, Mich. - No. 8 Michigan State men’s soccer (11-2-3, 5-0-3 B1G) is the No. 3 seed in the upcoming Big Ten men’s soccer tournament. MSU will host No. 6 seed Ohio State on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. at DeMartin Stadium. This is the second-straight season that the Spartans have hosted a Big Ten Tournament game, defeating Penn State last season in the quarterfinals.
It is a busy day on campus so be advised to arrive early. Parking at Breslin is free until Noon. If Jenison is full, head to the lots around Spartan Stadium! Thank you for your patience.
Michigan State is looking for its first Big Ten Tournament title since defeating Michigan in the championship game in Evanston in 2012.
The seeding for the Big Ten Tournament game down to the final games of the regular season. Michigan earned the No. 1 seed in the tournament and will take on the winner of the game between No. 8 Northwestern and No. 9 Rutgers at 1 p.m. on Sunday. No. 2 Indiana will host No. 7 Penn State on BTN at 4 p.m. No. 4 Maryland will play host to No. 5 Wisconsin at 1 p.m. The B1G Tournament semifinals will begin in Westfield, Indiana at Grand Park on Friday, Nov. 10 with the finals taking place on Sunday, Nov. 12.
Michigan State is third in the Big Ten in tournament wins with a 20-22-3 record in the tourney. MSU has won tournament titles in 2004, 2008 and 2012. Indiana leads the B1G in tournament victories with a 32-10-8 record with 12 titles. Last season, MSU advanced to the semifinals of the B1G Tournament before falling to eventual champion, Maryland, 2-1.
MSU’s five B1G wins ties a school record for most conference wins, matching the 2008 squad. The Spartans 5-0-3 record is the first time that Michigan State has got unbeaten in Big Ten action, finishing with a 5-0-3 record.
SCOUTING REPORT: OHIO STATE
Ohio State has lost eight-straight games, dating back to the 5-1 loss to Michigan State on Oct. 1. OSU comes to East Lansing with the Spartans with an
overall record of 7-9-1 overall and 3-5-0 mark in
Big Ten action.
The Buckeyes are led offensively by Abdi Mohamed who has three goals and five assists for 11 points. Joshua Ketchup-Jackson is tied for second in scoring with three goals and one assist for seven point, while Nate Kohl has three goals and one assist for seven points. Parker Siegfried has play in 15 games this season in net. He has allowed 12 goals in 15 games for a 0.90 GAA. Xavier Kennedy has played in five games this season, allowing nine goals for a 2.30 GAA.
Overall, Michigan State leads the overall series 26-20-3. The Spartans lead in East Lansing 13-6-2. The last time that the two teams met in the Big Ten Tournament was in 2013 when MSU defeated OSU, 2-0, in Columbus.
The two teams met in East Lansing, on Oct. 1. Then-No. 4 Michigan State had an offensive explosion stopping then-No. 16 Ohio State, 5-1, on Alumni Day at DeMartin Stadium. MSU celebrated the induction of former head coach Joe Baum’s induction into the Michigan State Hall of Fame at halftime along with other Spartan alumni.
The five goals were the most scored by the Spartans since defeating Washington, 5-0, in 2010. MSU improves to 8-1-1 overall and 3-0-1 in Big Ten action. The Spartans handed the Buckeyes their first B1G loss of the season as OSU fell to 7-2-1 overall and 3-1-0 in league play.
DID YOU KNOW?
Redshirt-junior goalkeeper Jimmy Hague is the first Spartan to earn Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year honors. Goalkeeper Reid Friedrichs was named Big Ten Player of the Year in 1996.
Behind impressive goals from Jimmy Fiscus and Giuseppe Barone, fourth-seeded and No. 15 ranked Michigan State men’s soccer knocked off fifth-seeded Penn State, 2-1, in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament last November at DeMartin Stadium.
This was the first-ever Big Ten Tournament game played at DeMartin and the spirited crowd was treated to a great battle between the Spartans and Nittany Lions. With the victory, MSU improved to 13-4-1 on the season, while PSU leveled its record at 8-8-2. The win helped the Spartans avenge a 2-1 regular-season loss at Penn State, as well as a 2-1 OT loss to the Nittany Lions in last season’s B1G Tournament.
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 0.70 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 101-60-25 at MSU.
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 ranked sixth. The Spartans tough schedule included six-straight games. MSU is one of three teams B1G ranked in the top 15 along with fifth-ranked Indiana and No. 12-ranked Michigan. MSU opponents Western Michigan, Akron and Notre Dame are ranked No. 8, No. 9 and No. 10, respectively.
CLIMBING THE CHARTS
Coming down to the final game of the regular season, junior forward Ryan Sierakowski passed fellow junior forward DeJuan Jones for the scoring lead. Sierakowski leads the team in scoring with seven goals and three assists for 17 points. Sierakowski has scored at least 17 points in all three seasons in the Green and White, scoring 23 points last season. Jones is second in scoring with six goals and four assists for 16 points.
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 10th in the nation in attendance, averaging 2,229 fans per home game. Three Big Ten teams are ranked in the top 10 in the nation with Maryland standing No. 2 (3,489), while Indiana is fifth (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 14-0-4 in its last 18 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 5-0-2 at home. In its last home match, MSU tied No. 2 Indiana, 1-1.
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.
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. 8 in the United Soccer Coaches Poll. This week, there are three Big Ten teams ranked in the top 15 with Indiana standing No. 2, while Michigan moves up to No. 12 remains. This week, Maryland is No. 24. MSU in-state rival Western Michigan is up to No. 5. MSU is 2-1-1 against teams in the top 15.
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.
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).