Bloomington, Ind. - Friday, Oct. 11 the Hoosiers (6-3-2, 2-1-2 Big Ten) host Michigan State (8-3-0, 4-2-0 Big Ten) in a conference matchup at 5 p.m. in the first of two IU soccer games. The mens team plays Wisconsin Friday at 7 p.m., immediately following the conclusion of the womens game. The Spartans are currently just ahead of the Hoosiers in Big Ten conference rankings as MSU is in fourth place while IU sits in fifth. Michigan State enjoys a number five Great Lakes regional ranking in both the NSCAA and Soccerbuzz.com polls while the Hoosiers are consistently ranked ninth in the respective polls.
The Spartans played host to the IPFW Mastadons Tuesday, with a final score of 4-0. The Hoosiers faced the Dons in the preseason exhibition IPFW Soccer Showcase where they came away with a 6-1 win, out-shooting IPFW 20-4. In their weekend games, the Spartans were able to notch a 3-2 win over Ohio State and suffered a 3-0 setback to No. 13 Penn State. In the Hoosiers games with OSU and PSU this season, the team fared nearly the same, coming away with a 3-0 loss in University Park and a 3-1 win over the Buckeyes.
The MSU vs. Indiana series record stands at 5-2-2. The Hoosiers have scored 15 goals to the Spartans 13 in all-time face-offs.
Indiana has not won against the Spartans since 1998 when the Hoosiers traveled to East Lansing and came away with a 1-0 victory.
MSU ended 2001 seventh in the Big Ten as they currently stand in fourth, midway through the Big Ten regular-season schedule.
This season Michigan State has gotten solid performances from Andrea Sied, named Big Ten defensive player of the week in the first week of the season while Stacy Heller also earned defensive co-Big Ten player of the week accolades for the week of Sept. 23. Additionally, look for Tiffany Laskowski, Emma Harris and Ashley Lawson to be scoring threats Friday night at Armstrong Stadium.
Michigan (10-2, 5-1 Big Ten) comes to Bill Armstrong Stadium after a successful weekend where they defeated No. 13 Penn State, 4-0. The Nittany Lions were previously undefeated in the Big Ten until the Wolverines found their weak spot. Penn State got the better of the Hoosiers Sept. 27 when they shutout IU, 3-0.
The Wolverines are ranked 13th in the Soccerbuzz.com poll and first in the Great Lakes region. SoccerTimes.com College Coaches Poll puts UofM at No. 12 and the NSCAA/adidas National Ranking has Michigan ranked ninth while the same poll has them ranked first in the Great Lakes region.
The Wolverines also enjoyed a victory over Ohio State on the weekend, winning 1-0 on an Andrea Kayal game-winner, her second in as many games.
Look for Kayal as well as Abby Crumpton and Amy Sullivant to be offensive forces in the game. UofM has had four players named Big Ten players of the week. Therese Heaton earned offensive player of the week honors for the week of Sept. 2. Abby Crumpton went on to earn the same honor for the week of Sept. 23 while Andrea Kayal and goalkeeper Suzie Grech swept the honors for the week of Oct. 7.
The series history of the Michigan vs. Indiana faceoffs stands at 1-7-0. The only game the Hoosiers have won dates back to 1994 when the Wolverines came to Bloomington and suffered a 3-1 defeat. IU has scored five goals to UofMs 15. Michigan looks to make its sixth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance in 2002 and currently sits atop the Big Ten Conference regular-season standings.