Nov. 17, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's soccer team received the No. 4 overall seed in this year's NCAA Championship and a first-round bye. The Spartans will host the winner of the Dayton-UIC matchup on Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 1 p.m. at DeMartin Stadium in the second round. After defeating Indiana for the Big Ten Championship on Sunday, the Michigan State men's soccer team received an automatic bid to the tournament.
"We're very pleased," said MSU head coach Joe Baum. "We were hoping we would be a top-eight seed, and we were fortunate enough to get that No. 4 seed so we get the first-round bye and play at home."
The Spartans, 13-5-1, tied the school record for wins this year and also claimed the Big Ten regular-season title for the first time in school history. This year's NCAA Championship bid is the 12th in school history and the third since 2004. MSU is 17-9-3 all-time in the tournament.
Michigan State was one of five Big Ten teams to make this year's championship, which tied for the second most from any conference.
"The conference was rated the number one conference in the country in RPI and to get five out of seven teams in the tournament, three of which received byes, says a tremendous amount about the competition and the level of play," Baum said.
The Spartans defeated then 14th-ranked UIC earlier this season, 3-1, in East Lansing. MSU and Dayton have not met this season.
MSU has been led offensively this season by senior forward and Big Ten Player of the Year, Doug DeMartin, who is tied for third in the nation in goals with 17. DeMartin joined sophomore goalkeeper Avery Steinlage and seniors David Hertel and Zac Scaffidi on this year's All-Big Ten first team.
DeMartin added another laurel to his already impressive collection on Monday when he was named the CollegeSoccerNews.com's National Player of the Week.