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Senior Profile — Fatai Alashe reflects on sibling rivalry, wants Final Four berth for men's soccer

September 17, 2014
<p>Senior midfielder Fatai Alashe fights with Florida International midfielder Daniel Gonzalez for possession of the ball Aug. 31, 2014, at DeMartin Soccer Stadium at Old College Field. Raymond Williams/The State News</p>

Senior midfielder Fatai Alashe fights with Florida International midfielder Daniel Gonzalez for possession of the ball Aug. 31, 2014, at DeMartin Soccer Stadium at Old College Field. Raymond Williams/The State News

Photo by Raymond Williams | The State News

Men’s soccer senior midfielder Fatai Alashe, born and raised in Northville, Mich., recalls learning the game of soccer as a blur. His father’s love for the game wore off on him as a boy, and he’s been playing ever since.

“It’s all kind of a blur, it was mostly just my dad, my dad’s a big soccer fan..so I just learned it from him,” Alashe said. “I’ve been playing since I was a baby, probably three years old, and (my dad has) been teaching us stuff since then.”

Alashe’s story at MSU is unique, as Alashe has an older brother — Michigan midfielder Latif Alashe (2009-12).

“I have a brother that went to Michigan, played for Michigan for four years,” Fatai Alashe said, laughing. “So I decided to go to Michigan State...best decision of my life.”

Fatai and his brother were able to play three times as opponents while his brother played for conference foe Michigan — once during Fatai’s freshman year on Oct. 30, 2011 , and twice his sophomore year on Nov. 3, 2012 and Nov. 11, 2012 .

Fatai noted that he boasts a 2-1 record against his brother in the three games they have played against each other.

“It was weird the first time because that was the first time we ever really played against each other in a competitive game,” Fatai Alashe said. “It was one of those games that mean a lot more to you because you want to have bragging rights...good thing we won.”

“We ended up playing three times and we(MSU) were 2-1 in those three games, so I just let him know that I got the advantage,” he said.

Fatai Alashe still has lofty goals in his final season on the pitch and at MSU. He wants to win the Big Ten Championship and make a Final Four but realizes what MSU has accomplished while he’s been here is already noteworthy.

Specifically, Fatai Alashe noted the team’s trip to the Elite Eight in 2013.

“Just going to the Elite Eight is one of those things I’ll never forget, I’ll never forget the run we made last year no matter what happens this year,” Alashe said. “Looking back I think we did really well for the program and for the future of Michigan State.”

"(I want) to graduate, get my degree with good grades,” Alashe said. “As far as soccer, obviously I want a ring before I leave, so a Big Ten Championship would be great.

“To be able to say you went to the Final four, thats something that we can’t say yet but hopefully at the end of the year in December I’ll be able to say we accomplished that.”

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