There won’t be a shortage of storylines Wednesday night when the Michigan State men’s soccer team travels to Akron to take on the Zips in a nonleague match at 7 p.m.

Ranked in the top five in three of the four major national polls, the Spartans (7-0-1) come into town slotted No. 1 by Top Drawer Soccer.

“They don’t really beat themselves,” UA coach Jared Embick said. “You have to really play well. You have to find ways to attack them. They’re pretty dominant. That’s one thing they have been consistent with. They’ve always had good players along the back line.”

It all starts for Michigan State with proven goalkeeper Jimmy Hague.

A redshirt junior, Hague has allowed only one goal this season and is No. 1 in the nation in save percentage (.963) and tied for first in shutouts (7). His .120 goals-against average is behind New Hampshire’s Andrew Pesci (.117).

Hague has blanked three opponents since allowing a goal to Rutgers in a 2-1 win on Sept. 8, and is fresh off a clean slate against No. 3 Maryland (6-0-2).

Those accolades have the attention of No. 24 UA (3-2-1), which is fresh off a 5-0 win over No. 21 Massachusetts Lowell.

The game features a couple of Hermann Trophy Watch List forwards in UA’s Sam Gainford (four goals, one assist) and Michigan State’s Ryan Sierakowksi (one goal. two assists). The Spartans also boast DeJuan Jones (four goals, one assist). Those two should cause concern for keeper Ben Lundt and Co.

With all that said, don’t expect the Zips to sit in awe of Michigan State. With 106 wins at FirstEnergy Stadium since 2007, facing top-tier opponents is nothing new.

This season they’ve taken on their share of Top 25 opponents, facing Utah Valley (L, 1-0), No. 3 Denver (L, 1-0), No. 10 Washington (W, 2-0) and Lowell at the time of kickoff.

The Spartans are just the next step in building what the Zips hope is a long postseason run.

“We want to play difficult games for this reason so when you get in the crunch part of your schedule you know the fine margins that go in these games in terms of winning and losing,” Embick said. “You know the intensity of how you have to play and how you have to limit mistakes.

“That’s the advantage of a tough schedule. You can learn some tough lessons quickly when you play at the high level. You’ve just got to have the confidence and the belief to not just have one or two go your way. If those don’t, you just don’t go in a slump. We’ve been on both sides this year. That just helps with the mentality of these games.”

Dating back to 2009, UA holds a 4-3-1 edge against Michigan State, but has lost two of the past three, including a 2-1 defeat at East Lansing on Oct. 11, 2016.

Almost a year has passed, but it’s a game many players remember.

“We’ve played these guys every year, so we feel like we know each other well,” Embick said. “Last year, we felt like we had a missed opportunity. We kind of self-destructed at their place. I know we were pretty disappointed in that. I know it’s in the back of our mind. If anything, we’re going to draw from the experience at Michigan State. They’re not going to beat themselves.”