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MSU men's soccer rise to No. 19 in United Soccer Coaches ranking

October 11, 2023
<p>Michigan State’s players, Cristiano Bruletti and Jeremy Sharp during the game against Indiana University at DeMartin Soccer Field on Sept. 22, 2023.</p>

Michigan State’s players, Cristiano Bruletti and Jeremy Sharp during the game against Indiana University at DeMartin Soccer Field on Sept. 22, 2023.

Photo by Zari Dixson | The State News

The Michigan State Men's Soccer team now holds the No. 19 spot in the United Soccer Coaches poll and No. 23 in the Top Drawer Soccer rankings as the Spartans climb back up the rankings off the back of their 3-1 win against Wisconsin this past Friday.

Last week in the United Soccer Coaches poll, the Spartans dropped from No. 13 to No. 23 after two draws against Oakland and Penn State, but after last Friday's win, Michigan State is once again making its way up the rankings. 

The Spartans faced fellow Big Ten competitors Friday in Wisconsin, with the win spurred on by a flurry of early goals. The Spartans scored all three of their goals in the first 15 minutes of the match.

Three different Spartans struck the back of the net in the match. In the sixth minute sophomore defender Jeremy Sharp rifled a free kick in the top left corner. Junior midfielder Sean Kerrigan quickly followed, slotting home a penalty in the ninth minute to put him on four goals for the season. While sophomore forward Jonathan Stout grabbed his third goal of the season in the 15th minute.

The Spartans have had their best start to a season since 2018, thanks in part to victories against Big Ten foes Indiana, and Wisconsin along with a victory against No. 8 Notre Dame to amass an undefeated record of 6-0-4. While also being 2-0-2 in Big Ten play.

The Spartans prepare to kick off against the University of Michigan at 7 p.m. ET tonight, as they look to defend the Big Bear Trophy having taken it home last season. Streaming is available on the Big Ten Network.

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