Sierakowski Named Big Ten Soccer Offensive Player of the Week

Michigan State senior Ryan Sierakowski  (PHOTO:  MSU SID)
Michigan State senior Ryan Sierakowski  (PHOTO: MSU SID)

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State senior Ryan Sierakowski was honored on Tuesday as the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week.

Penn State's Ryan Gallagher picked up Defensive Player of the Week honors.

This is the first career Player of the Week honor for Sierakowski, who is the Spartans leading scorer with 14 points. This is the second B1G Offensive Player of the Week honor for MSU this season as DeJuan Jones earned the honor on Sept. 11.

Sierakowski, a forward from McHenry, Illinois, earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors after scoring the game-winning goal in the Spartans' Big Ten opener against Rutgers, 2-1. He scored two goals in the win against the Scarlet Knights as MSU improved to 7-0-2 overall and 1-0-0 in league play. Sierakowski converted a penalty kick in the 64th minute, while sealing the win in the 80th minute.

Michigan State is ranked in the top 10 in all three polls this week. The Spartans are ranked No. 5 in the this week's United Soccer Coaches poll after a pair of wins last week. College Soccer News has MSU ranked No. 5, while standing No. 9 in the Top Drawer Soccer poll.

The Spartans travel to Penn State to take on the Nittany Lions on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. Michigan State will then return home on Sunday, Sept. 30 to host Wisconsin at 2 p.m. in a game televised by the Big Ten Network. The game against the Badgers is also Alumni Day where the 1968 National Championship team will be recognized.
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