EAST LANSING, Mich. – No. 3-seeded Michigan State men’s soccer will open postseason play, hosting No. 6-seeded Ohio State in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament matchup on Friday, Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at DeMartin Stadium. This is the Spartans’ first home Big Ten Tournament game since 2018.
Michigan State heads into the postseason with a 7-1-7. In their regular-season finale, the Spartans tied Drake, 1-1, on Oct. 27. Ohio State comes into the re-match with a 5-6-5 overall record, winning its last two games.
Zach Surdenik and Owen Oszust will be on the call for BTN+.
SPARTANS VS BUCKEYES
The series between MSU and OSU is tied 5-5 in the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes ended the Spartans’ season in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament last season on Nov. 4, 2022. In the 90th minute, Devyn Etling found the back of the net to push OSU into the semifinals. with a 1-0 win. The Spartans earned wins in 1991, 1995, 2001, 2002 and 2013. The Buckeyes came out on top in 1994, 1997, 2006, 2017 and 2022.
LOOKING AT THE BUCKEYES
Michigan State holds the overall series with Ohio State 29-26-3, including being on top 14-10-2 at home. The Buckeyes handed the Spartans their only loss of the season on Oct. 24. In a wild, 3-2 affair, Ohio State scored in the 86th minute to win the game. OSU has won the last three outings. The Buckeyes also captured the regular-season win in 2022, 1-0, in Columbus on Oct. 25. MSU’s last win came in East Lansing, 2-1, on Oct. 17, 2021.
Luciano Pechota, who scored twice against MSU in the first meeting this season, is tied with four others for the team lead in points with four goals for eight points. Max Trejo has started 13 games as the Buckeyes’ netminder. He has allowed 15 goals for a 1.22 GAA.
The No. 3 seed is the best for the Spartans since the 2017 season when they were also No. 3. That season they hosted Ohio State at DeMartin Stadium, with the Buckeyes coming out on top, 2-1. Michigan State is seeking its first Big Ten Tournament win since 2016.
Junior midfielder Sean Kerrigan has turned himself into a penalty kick specialist this season. He has taken all six for MSU this year. He has made five of them, four of which were game-winning goals. The only PK that was saved this…