|SMU (0-0-0) at Michigan State (0-0-0)|
|Date & Start Time||Friday, Aug. 29 at 4:00 p.m. CT|
|Location||East Lansing, Mich.|
|SMU (0-0-0) at Michigan (0-0-0)|
|Date & Start Time||Sunday, Aug. 31 at 1:00 p.m. CT|
|Location||Ann Arbor, Mich.|
|Match Notes||Match Notes (.pdf)|
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The Week Ahead...
The Mustangs start the regular season with a two-match road swing, which includes matches at No. 10 Michigan State and Michigan. SMU hits East Lansing on Friday and continues on to Ann Arbor Sunday.
Scouting The Spartans...
No. 10 Michigan State finished the 2013 season with a 2-1 loss at the hands of eventual NCAA Champion Notre Dame in the Elite Eight of the National Tournament. Their 3-2-1 league record earned them the No. 3 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, and the Spartans went as far as the championship match before falling to Indiana. Overall, Michigan State was 14-6-3 and returns leading scorer Tim Kruetz as well as Zach Bennett, who started all 23 matches in goal. The Spartans went 1-1 in preseason action losing to No. 6 Washington and defeating Stevens Institute.
This is the first all-time meeting between SMU and Michigan State.
Scouting The Wolverines...
Michigan begins the 2014 season receiving votes in the NSCAA preseason poll after finishing 2013 8-7-3. The Wolverines, who fell in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament a season ago, return their two top scorers in James Murphy and TJ VanSlooten, as well as goalkeeper Adam Grinwis. In its lone exhibition match, Michigan defeated No. 14 Louisville, 1-0.
This is the first all-time meeting between SMU and Michigan.
The Mustangs are 29-6-4 all-time in season openers.
There's A Method To Their Madness...
Dallas native Rosales, who was honored as a first-team selection, was a unanimous All-American Athletic Conference preseason selection a season ago and started all 17 matches for the Mustangs. In 2013, he was tied for second on the team in assists, and he enters the 2014 season with 56 appearances in an SMU uniform, the most of any current Mustang.
Second-team selection Morales, who is in his third season on the Hilltop, led SMU in goals and total points in 2013. The Rocky Mount, North Carolina, native played in all 17 matches. Speed was also named to the second-team after appearing in every game a season ago.
In 2013, Rosales and Speed were honored as first-team selections, while Morales earned a second-team nod.
One Is The Loneliest Number...
In three exhibition matches on the Hilltop, the Mustangs only conceded one goal. Following a goal in the 47th minute of the first match against Houston Baptist, SMU keepers combined for just over 223 minutes of scoreless action.
Strike While The Iron's Hot...
SMU outshot its opponents 37-25 in preseason action, including a 14-8 advantage in shots on goal.
The American Athletic Conference announced the 2014 men's soccer preseason poll and honors on Monday, and the SMU men's soccer team was picked to finish sixth in the Preseason Coaches' Poll.
The Mustangs, who finished seventh in the regular season in 2013 with a 2-4-2 conference record, are up one spot in the polls ahead of Memphis and Cincinnati. SMU defeated Cincinnati on the road last season, 3-1, but fell to Memphis, 3-2.
Leading the way for The American this season with seven first place votes is UConn, who advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2013 NCAA Tournament. American Tournament champion USF is picked second with one first place vote, and league newcomer Tulsa rounds out the top three.
UCF and Temple, a pair of teams the Mustangs played to draws last season, sit at fourth and fifth, respectively.
Returning For More...
The Mustangs return 12 letterwinners from the 2013 squad, including point leader and senior Andrew Morales. In his two seasons at SMU, Morales has totaled eight goals and five assists. Also returning is senior Damian Rosales, who was a unanimous preseason all-conference selection a season ago. Rosales has 56 matches under his belt in a Mustang uniform, the most of any current player.
Welcome To The Hilltop...
The Mustangs welcome 10 student-athletes to the Hilltop for the 2014 season, including a pair of transfers who enrolled during the spring semester. The 2014 fall enrollees include seven true freshmen and a junior transfer.