Michigan–Michigan State men's soccer rivalry

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Michigan-Michigan State soccer rivalry
Sport Soccer
First meeting October 13, 1956
Michigan State 3, Michigan 1
Latest meeting October 31, 2015
Michigan 1, Michigan State 0
Trophy Big Bear Trophy
Statistics
Meetings total 43
All-time series Michigan State leads, 30–8–5 [1]
Current streak Michigan, 2

The Michigan–Michigan State soccer rivalry is an American college soccer rivalry between the University of Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State University Spartans. The winner of each year's game receives the Big Bear Trophy. The first game in the rivalry was played October 13, 1956 which saw the Spartans defeat the Wolverines 3-1 in East Lansing. On October 15, 2000, the rivalry continued with the Spartans winning 2-1 in double overtime in East Lansing. The trophy originated in 2000 when Michigan head coach Steve Burns purchased the wooden-bear sculpture to commemorate the revival of the rivalry.[2] Burns said that he and Michigan State head coach Joe Baum collaborated on a trophy game because they "wanted to have some kind of trophy for this rivalry that the teams can pass back and forth. We hope that it takes a life on its own."[3] The Spartans dominated the series prior to 2000 with an 18-1-4 record against Michigan's club team.[4] Michigan restarted their varsity Men's Soccer program in 2000.

Big Bear Trophy Match Results[edit]

See footnotes[5][6]
Michigan victories Michigan State victories Tie games
# Date Location Michigan Michigan State
1 October 15, 2000 East Lansing, MI Michigan 1 Michigan State 2
2 October 14, 2001 East Lansing, MI Michigan 2 Michigan State 4
3 October 13, 2002 Ann Arbor, MI Michigan 1 Michigan State 2
4 October 12, 2003 East Lansing, MI Michigan 4 Michigan State 2
5 October 17, 2004 Ann Arbor, MI Michigan (#22) 2 Michigan State 3
6 October 16, 2005 East Lansing, MI Michigan 0 Michigan State 2
7 October 8, 2006 Ann Arbor, MI Michigan 1 Michigan State 1
8 October 14, 2007 East Lansing, MI Michigan (#21) 0 Michigan State 5
9 October 18, 2008 Ann Arbor, MI Michigan (#18) 0 Michigan State 1
10 October 25, 2009 East Lansing, MI Michigan 1 Michigan State 2
11 October 30, 2010 Ann Arbor, MI Michigan 3 Michigan State (#23) 2
12 October 30, 2011 East Lansing, MI Michigan 0 Michigan State 1
13 November 3, 2012 Ann Arbor, MI Michigan 1 Michigan State 0
14 November 9, 2013 East Lansing, MI Michigan 0 Michigan State (#18) 2
15 November 2, 2014 East Lansing, MI Michigan 3 Michigan State (#12) 2
Series: Michigan State leads 10–4–1

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