Spartan Soccer hosts Indiana for Alumni Day Sunday
EAST LANSING, Michigan – Michigan state men’s football continues its three home games against rival Big Ten, Indiana, on Sunday, Sept. 26 at 3 p.m. at DeMartin Stadium. Sunday is also Spartan Alumni and the second half of a doubles program with the MSU Women’s Team. The Spartan women face Minnesota at 12 p.m.
Michigan State started the week with a 1-0 win over Duquesne to move up to 4-3-1 this season. Indiana is now 4-2-1 this season after a win over Northwestern on Tuesday.
PLAY THE BEST TO BE THE BEST
In the first eight games of the season, Michigan State has the nation’s 19th toughest schedule. It is the second most difficult in the Big Ten behind Michigan in 11th place.
The three teams Michigan State lost to this season are now all ranked, including No.8 Tulsa, No.17 Bowling Green and No.20 Akron.
BIG TIME BIG TEN
Once again, the Big Ten is one of the toughest conferences in the country. Maryland’s perennial national power is currently ranked No. 7 in this week’s poll. Rutgers entered the polls in 21st place after his hot start 7-1-1. Indiana and Penn State are also receiving votes this week.
THE BEST AROUND
Senior winger Farai mutatu is second in the country in game-winning goals and first in the Big Ten with three, including the last two Spartan victories. Senior midfielder companion Jack Beck is first in the country and first in the Big Ten with six assists. Beck has had an assist in the Spartans’ last four games.
Michigan State was thrilled to have fans returning to DeMartin Stadium. The Spartans are No. 14 in the country, averaging 1,698 fans. Only Maryland has more fans on average with 3,349 per game.
LOOK AT THE COVERS
Indiana holds an overall score of 42-16-6 against Michigan State. In the last 10 meetings, IU is 6-2-2. The Spartans’ last victory over Indiana came in Bloomington on November 5, 2014, with MSU leading, 3-2. The last three losses have come with a one-goal margin, including a 2-1 loss on the road last season.
Indiana is 4-2-1 this season and 1-1 in Big Ten action. The Hoosiers are coming off a victory from behind at Northwestern, 2-1, on Tuesday. IU won, Notre Dame, Butler, Xavier and NU.
Tommy Mihalic is fifth in the Big Ten in goals scored with four. Goalkeeper Roman Celentano is sixth in goals against average (1.33). The Hoosiers continue to be one of the Big Ten’s most consistent teams, going 31-3-8 against opponents from the Big Ten in the regular season over the past six seasons. .
BIG TEN BEGINNINGS
With the tie at Wisconsin on September 17, the Spartans are 6-1-2 in their last nine Big Ten opening games. After facing Rutgers in the Big Ten opener for the past four seasons, MSU has faced Badgers. In last season’s Big Ten opener, MSU fell to the Scarlet Knights 2-0.
LOCAL CHILDREN DO GOOD
MSU’s victory over Notre Dame featured two players from near East Lansing. Elders Farai mutatu (Haslett) and Jack Beck (DeWitt) scored all four goals for MSU with Mutatu scoring three and Beck adding one. Beck also added assists on Mutatu’s last two goals.
Mutatu’s hat trick was a Spartan’s first since Jay Chapman against the No. 16 Indiana on October 28, 2012. Senior midfielder Jack Beck also added a goal and two assists in the victory.
Senior winger Farai mutatu continued his hot streak by scoring the game-winning goal to lead Michigan State men’s football to Duquesne, 1-0, Tuesday at a rain-flooded DeMartin Stadium.
The Dukes came out quickly with the first two shots of the game, before the redshirt-sophomore forward Kellan Landefeld got MSU’s first shot in the ninth minute.
The Spartans broke through in the 16th minute. After a foul by Harper Cook, senior midfielder Jack Beck rendered a perfect service to the chief of Mutatu. Beck has now had at least one assist in the last four games and leads the team with six assists, while Mutatu leads the team with five goals.
FIND THE BACK OF THE NET
So far this season, different eighth Spartans have found the back of the net. Against Wisconsin, first-year defenseman Josh Adam scored his first collegiate goal. Senior Farai mutatu leads the team with five goals and one assist for nine points. Senior journeyman Michael miller is second in goals scored with two.
MSU will conclude its three-game homestand, hosting Penn State on Friday, October 1 at 7 p.m. ET. On Tuesday, October 5, the Spartans travel to Ann Arbor for the Battle for the Big Bear Trophy, taking on Michigan on BTN at 8 p.m.
O CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN!
The Spartans have named four captains this season. Seniors will be the main MSUs Jack Beck, Michael miller, Farai mutatu and Will perkins.
Michigan State had three players named on the Big Ten Players to Watch roster. Michael miller is a three-year incumbent for the State of Michigan. During his Spartan career, the midfielder has played 56 games, starting 41. Morse Hunter begins his third year of scoring with the Spartans. He has started 27 games in front of MSU goals with three career shutouts. Farai mutatu won second-team All-Big Ten honors after the 2021 spring season. After battling injuries for much of the year, he ended the season with one goal.
BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
O: Tommy Mihalic, Fr., IU
D: Oren Asher, Jr., UK
O: Ben Bender, So., UMD
D: Oren Asher, Jr., UK
O: Nico Rosamilia, Fr., RU
D: Daniel Munie, Jr., IND
O: Farai mutatu, Sr., MSU
D: Keagan McLaughlin, Sr., OSU