MSU Men’s Football ends road swing at Bowling Green
EAST LANSING, Michigan – Michigan State Men’s Soccer will wrap up its two-game road trip to Bowling Green on Friday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. at Cochrane Stadium.
Friday’s game will be streamed for free on YouTube and produced by WBGU-TV with Stephen Jenkins and Will Airhart calling for action.
The Spartans are looking to snap a three-game losing streak after falling to No.10 Akron, 2-0, on Monday. Bowling Green is 0-2-2 this season, most recently tying Michigan 0-0 at Arbor.
WATCHING THE FALCONS
Michigan State leads the overall series with Bowling Green 24-17-6. The Falcons’ 3-0 victory last season at East Lansing was BGSU’s first victory over the Spartans since 2001. The Falcons were 0-16-1 since 2001.
Michigan State holds a narrow 11-10-3 series lead on the road. Last seen at Cochrane Stadium, the Spartans won 3-0 in 2018. Prior to 2018, previous games were all 1-0 wins for the Spartans.
The Falcons are 0-2-2 this season after four games. Bowling Green has ties to No. 25 DePaul and Michigan and losses to No. 25 Loyola and Ohio State.
LAST TIME AGAINST BOWLING GREEN
On September 6, 2021, Michigan State Men’s Soccer was defeated visiting Bowling Green, 3-0, at DeMartin Stadium. The loss also ended the Spartans’ seven-game winning streak and 17-game unbeaten streak in the series with the Falcons. The Spartans had their chances, beating the Falcons, 10-8, but BGSU made the most of their opportunities with a 5-3 shot from the edge of the goals. The Falcons opened the scoring in the 61st minute with a Kyle Cusimano goal. Bowling Green scored their last goal in the 75th minute. Roberto Fernandez Garrido took the ball from Cusimano from the left side and finished in the bottom right corner to seal the win.
SOMETHING MUST GIVE
The Spartans and Falcons have struggled to find the back of the net in recent games. After scoring four goals in the first two games, MSU have been shut out in their last two outings. Bowling Green also struggled to find the back of the net. The Falcons are looking for their first goal of the season. Bowling Green’s offense has been solid, allowing just two goals this season.
ENTER THE GAME
The Spartans had a lot of players in the game. Twenty-one of the roster’s 28 athletes have played at least one of the four games this season.
The Spartan calendar doesn’t get any easier. After taking on Bowling Green, MSU will return home in friendly bounds to take on Chicago State on Monday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. MSU next faces nationally ranked Washington (September 16) and Indiana (September 23).
CONNECT WITHIN MINUTES
Senior transfer Owen Finnerty makes a smooth transition from Michigan to Michigan State. Finnerty started five games in net for the Wolverines last season, allowing just six goals for a 1.11 goals-against average. During his career, he has played over 2,300 minutes, allowing 29 goals and making 65 saves. Finnerty scored a season-high six goals against No. 14 Akron on September 5.
Four different players have scored all four goals for MSU this season. Red Shirt – Senior Defender Will Perkins and freshman forward Jake Spadafora scored in the win over Army, as the graduate midfielder Jack Beck and junior midfielder Vedad Kovac found the back of the net against n°4 Notre Dame.
FIND THE 11
Seven Spartans have started the first four games of the season, including seniors Jack Beck and Will Perkins. New arrivals Elijah Howe and Owen Finnerty both played in all three matches. Second year Josh Adam and juniors Jack Zugay and Mercier Greyson also started every game.
Fourteen players saw action in the three matches, including freshmen Jake Spadafora, Jack Guggemos and Jeremy Sharp.
The Michigan State men’s soccer team had three players named to the top ten players to watch list.
graduate midfielder Jack Beckredshirt-senior defender Will Perkins and junior striker Mercier Greyson have all been honored by the league.
The Big Ten preseason poll was also released on Monday, as voted on by the league’s nine coaches. MSU was voted sixth, while defending Big Ten Tournament champion Penn State was voted first. Indiana was voted to finish second, with Maryland taking third.
Beck, a native of DeWitt, Michigan, is a two-time All-Big Ten selection for the Spartans, earning first-team honors last season. He finished second on the team in scoring in 2021 with nine points. Beck finished third in the Big Ten last season with seven assists.
Perkins, a native of Detroit, Michigan, returns for his fifth season with Michigan State. He started all 17 games last season. Also in 2021, Perkins finished fourth on the team in scoring with two goals and two assists for six points.
Mercer, a native of Heber City, Utah, is entering his third season with the Spartans. He has played 13 games over the past two seasons with four starts.
The Spartans ended the exhibition with a 1-2 record in three home games. MSU started with a 3-0 victory over Lawrence Tech on August 10 behind goals from the freshman forward Jonathan Stoutsenior midfielder George Conner and second ahead Efosa Emovon. MSU then dropped a pair of hard-fought 1-0 battles against Butler on Aug. 14 and No. 7 Pitt on Aug. 19.
The Spartans welcome nine new players to the 2022 roster along with seven freshmen and two transfers. Certified goalkeeper Owen Finnerty may sound familiar to Spartan fans, transferred from Michigan. junior defender Elijah Howe comes to MSU from West Florida. The seven freshmen include the freshman midfielder Jack Guggemos of Okemos and Jake Spadafora of Northville.
Michigan State is bringing back several veterans to the 2022 team. Both Jack Beck and Will Perkins will return for their fifth season with MSU. The captaincy duo is the final roster Spartans who were part of the 2018 College Cup squad.
O CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN!
The Spartan have named three captains this season. The main MSUs will be the seniors Jack Beck, Will Perkins and Louis Sala. This is the second consecutive season that Beck and Perkins have been captains.