Nov. 5, 2011
East Lansing, Mich. - Three Michigan State freshmen - Fatai Alashe (Northville, Mich), Cody Henderson (Bloomfield Hills, Mich. ), and Adam Montague (Sylvania, Ohio) have been named to Top Drawer Soccer's list of Top 100 Freshmen, announced earlier this week.
"I think its great for our players to be having the type of season where their play is recognized," said head coach Damon Rensing. "I think it's also a testament to the recruiting of our assistant coaches - Kylie Stannard, our recruiting coordinator, and Ben Pirmann. They have done a great job of identifying talented players who can not only be impressive in their own games, but also help us achieve our team goals."
"I also think that it says something about the talent available in our state," continued Rensing. "Two of those three players - Fatai and Cody - played here in the state of Michigan before coming to Michigan State. There are a lot of great soccer players on our roster who are home-grown in this state that have helped us to some significant accomplishments over the last few years."
Alashe (No. 44) and Henderson (No. 66) are both midfielders, while Montague (No. 86) is Michigan State's leading scorer this season, and had the assist on the lone goal as Michigan State upset No. 6 and defending national champion Akron on Wednesday, ending the Zips' 48-game home winning streak. All three players have seen significant time in the Spartan lineup this season.
Michigan State is idle this weekend, and awaits the pairings for the Big Ten Tournament, which begins on Wednesday in Ann Arbor.