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Men's Soccer Hosts Duke in NCAA Second Round Game on Sunday
Rubin Bega leads MSU in goals this season with nine.
Rubin Bega leads MSU in goals this season with nine.

Nov. 20, 2009

EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's soccer team will host Duke in the second round of the NCAA Championship on Sunday (Nov. 22) at 1 p.m. at DeMartin Stadium. Tickets for Sunday's match are $7 for adults and $5 for students, seniors and youths and can be purchased at the main entrance to DeMartin Stadium behind Jenison Field House.

Please note that due to the men's basketball game at 12 p.m., parking for soccer will only be available in the lots at the north and south ends (lots 62 and 79) of Spartan Stadium. Parking will not be available at Jenison Field House.

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Duke (13-6) vs. No. 14 Michigan State (11-7-2)
NCAA Championship Second Round
Sunday, Nov. 22 • 1 p.m.
DeMartin Stadium • East Lansing, Mich.

For the third consecutive season, the Michigan State men's soccer team earned a bid to the NCAA Championship. The Spartans received the Championship's No. 14 overall seed and were one of 16 schools in the 48-team field to earn a first-round bye. MSU is making its 13th NCAA Championship appearance and fifth since 2001. MSU is 17-9-4 all-time in the tournament and it is the second consecutive season the Spartans received a first-round bye.

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The Last Time Out: Michigan State fell 3-0 to second-seeded Penn State in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament in Bloomington, Ind., on Nov. 13. The sixth-seeded Spartans defeated No. 3 Northwestern, 1-0, in the quarterfinals of the tournament.

Spartans in the NCAA Championship: The Spartans are 17-9-4 all-time in the NCAA Championship. Their 13 trips to the NCAA Championship are second in the conference to Indiana (34). Here is a look at the Spartans' last four Championship appearances:

2001, Bloomington, Ind. - MSU scored two unanswered goals to defeat Butler, 2-1, in the first round before falling to host Indiana, 1-0, in the second round. 2004, Tulsa, Okla. - The Big Ten Champion Spartans fell at Tulsa, 3-1, in the opening round. 2007, East Lansing - The Spartans fell behind Oakland, 2-0, after 46 minutes, and a questionable red card forced them to play a man down for the remainder of the game; MSU lost, 2-1. 2008, East Lansing - As the tournament's No. 4 seed, MSU received a first-round bye and met UIC in the second round. Afer 110:00 of scoreless play, the Flames advanced, 3-2, in penalty kicks.

Vs. The Tournament Field: Half of the Spartans' matches this season were against teams in this year's NCAA Championship. MSU played a total of eight schools that received NCAA berths, going 4-6 in 10 games as it took on Northwestern and Penn State each twice.

Duke Series History: Sunday's game will be just the second match-up ever between the two teams. Duke won the only game between the two schools, 2-0, in 1979. Early Strikes: Five times this season MSU has recorded a goal in the first nine minutes of play, going 4-1 in those games. The Spartans defeated Loyola Marymount (6:37 mark), Valparaiso (8:26 mark), Western Michigan (3:37 mark) and Michigan (5:52) when scoring early.

Overall this season, MSU is 7-1-1 when scoring first

Big Ten Honors: The Spartans had four players recognized with All-Big Ten honors this year. Goalkeeper Avery Steinlage and midfielder Spencer Thompson each garnered first-place accolades. Defender Colin Givens took home second-team honors and rookie backliner Kevin Cope was named Big Ten Co-Freshmen of the Year along with earning a spot on the all-freshman team.

Against the RPI Top 30: Michigan State picked up its fourth win over a team in the RPI Top 30 with its win over Northwestern in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals. MSU, slotted at No. 17 in the final RPI rankings, took on nine of the schools in the current RPI top 30, including four of the top-10. The Spartans defeated No. 3 Northwestern (1-0), No. 6 Indiana (1-0), No. 15 Loyola Marymount (3-0) and No. 30 Notre Dame (2-1).

Close Calls: The Spartans have been involved in several close games this season, in fact 10 of their 20 games have been decided by one goal. Five of the Spartans six losses have been by just one goal, while they have won five one-goal games.

Set Up Man: Junior Jeff Ricondo's seven assists this season are not only tied for the most in the Big Ten but are the most by a Spartan since the 2004 season. The last time a Spartan had more than seven assists in a season was 2004 when when John Minagawa-Webster (9), Ryan McMahen (9) and Jordan Gruber (8) all had at least eight helpers.

All-Tournament Team: Tim Granaderos and Rubin Bega were each named to the Big Ten All-Tournament team. Granaderos scored the game-winner in MSU's 1-0 win over Northwestern in the quarterfinals.




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