Men’s Soccer

Chapman Gives Spartans Third Win of the Season

After a game full of turnovers against the Valparaiso University Crusaders on Thursday, the Spartans regained composure and their shutout streak against the Loyola University Chicago Ramblers, 1-0 Sunday.

Right from the sound of the opening whistle, Michigan State began relentless pressure on Loyola’s defense.

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Crusaders Hand Spartans First Loss of Season

In a physical and offensive battle that saw a combined 32 shots from both teams, Valparaiso University edged out No. 7 Michigan State, 1-0 in a close game.

From the start of the whistle, the Spartans and Crusaders battled it out for the first 18 minutes of the game until senior forward, Adam Montague, collided with Valpo goalkeeper, Nico Campbell, on a 50-50 ball inside the Crusaders’ six-yard box.

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Cheslik’s Late Goal Keeps Spartans Winning Streak Alive

In a back and forth game in which Oakland University and Michigan State had multiple opportunities to take control of the game early, the Spartans fought through to earn a1-0 win.

It did not take the Spartans long to find scoring opportunities as four minutes into the game, senior forward Paige Wester crossed a ball into the 18-yard box, which found senior midfielder Megan Marsack who volleyed right at Oakland goalkeeper Allison Holland.

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Spartans Ease past Florida International

After a hard fought game against Southern Methodist University Friday, the Spartans found themselves in another physical match with Florida International University Sunday afternoon.

From the first minute of the game, the Panthers came out in full force and pressured the Michigan State defense.

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Late Goal Gives MSU First Win

The Southern Methodist University Mustangs may have only won three games last season, but they did not look like a three win team Friday night as they played the Spartans tough for 90 minutes.

Right from the kickoff, SMU put pressure on No. 10 Michigan State and created multiple scoring opportunities, with their best scoring chance coming in the 10th minute when the Mustangs sent a dangerous ball into the Spartans’ 18-yard box, which hit a head and forced MSU goalkeeper, Zach Bennett, to make a diving save in the air to prevent the goal.

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More than a Season Opener for Bennett

Michigan State and Southern Methodist University will face off for the first time in their programs’ history at DeMartin Stadium on Friday, but there is more to this first meeting than meets the eye.

This matchup means a little bit more to starting junior goalkeeper, Zach Bennett, of Plano, Texas.

“Obviously SMU was the closest D-1 soccer program to me when I was growing up,” Bennett said. “So (it is) a little extra motivation and obviously (SMU has) a lot of friends and guys I played against growing up through high school and stuff as well.”

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Defense the Biggest Question for MSU Soccer

Just like that the No. 10 Spartans’ 10-day preseason is over and they begin their regular season journey on Friday at home against Southern Methodist University.

Over these past ten days, Michigan State has had two exhibition games that have tested the new look team and the Spartans have responded well. Read More…

Big Ten Men’s Soccer Season Preview: MSU and Michigan Sit at Top

Top Drawer Soccer reporter, J.R. Eskilson, and Corner Kick host, Brooks Laimbeer, discuss the upcoming Big Ten men’s soccer season by breaking down each team in the Big Ten.

Laimbeer and Eskilson also highlight the top MLS prospects in the Big Ten, the upcoming players to watch and who has the team to make it to the 2014 National Championship in Cary, N.C.

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Late Overtime Goal puts United into the NPSL Final Four

Stepping up is a simple concept, but it is harder to do when a championship is on the line and it is in front of the home crowd.

Lansing United stepped up on the biggest stage of their season so far by earning a 2-1 victory over the Fort Pitt Regiment in 120 minutes.

“It’s unbelievably tough. I mean you watch high level tournaments, players have a minimum of three days to rest, so for us to turn around and come back a day after, speaks to how well these guys have taken care of themselves throughout the year,” United head coach Eric Rudland said. “The quick turn around is just the passion and pride they have playing for Lansing United.”

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United Roll in Regional Semifinal, On to the Championship

In a 4-1 win against a Minnesota United Reserve team that had six professional players on its roster, Lansing United dominated from the start and stepped up defensively to earn a spot in the championship game.

“The message to our guys was, ‘Hey, to be the best, you have to beat the best,’ so let’s get it poppin’ and get it on and that’s exactly what they did in the first half,” United head coach Eric Rudland said.

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A Season of Achievement

Henry Ford once said, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

Without a doubt, the 2014 Lansing United season has been an unquestionable success.

Having just finished in first place of the Great Lakes West Conference in their inaugural season of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), Lansing United has come a long way since winning its first exhibition game back in May. This prosperity has grown out of the fundamental principle of working together as a team, something that has been stressed from the initial practices earlier this year.

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Men’s Soccer Schedule Breakdown: Part 3 (Games 14-20)

Western Michigan University Broncos
Oct. 15
4 p.m.
DeMartin Stadium
 

Since 2000, the Spartans are 13-0-1 against the Broncos and are looking to maintain that streak in 2014.
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Lansing United Win Great Lakes West and Head towards Playoffs

In front of a crowd of 2,014 at DeMartin Stadium on the campus of Michigan State University, Lansing United tied Detroit City F.C., 2-2, to clinch a spot in the Great Lakes playoffs.

Through the first 19 minutes of the first half, both teams went back and forth, opening up a few scoring chances, but neither could convert.

In the 20th minute, United forward, Brian Cunningham, changed the game when he went on the counter up the right-hand side of the field and hit a low-driving cross towards the Detroit six-yard box, which found the head of United forward, Matt Brown, who flicked it on to the back post and scored.

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Lansing United One Step Closer to Making Playoffs

In front of a record breaking crowd of 1,166 fans at Archer Stadium, United moved one step closer to clinching a playoff berth in the Great Lakes Conference.

The Indiana Fire possessed the ball in the early minutes of the first half, which gave them an early scoring opportunity off a free kick. Fire midfielder Thomas Schmitt converted the free kick in the seventh minute.

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Men’s Soccer Schedule Breakdown: Part 2 (Games 7-13)

Loyola University Chicago Ramblers
Sept. 14th
2:30 p.m.
DeMartin Stadium
 

The Ramblers are 3-11-2 all-time against the Spartans and have only won once when playing in East Lansing.

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Men’s Soccer Schedule Breakdown: Part 1 (Games 1-6)

Seven months have passed since the Michigan State men’s soccer team played their last soccer game against defending national champs, Notre Dame, in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

The Spartans are looking to get back to the Elite Eight this season, but first they will have to make it through the new Big Ten and a few tough non-conference opponents early in the season.

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The Pact – #35 – 6/16/14

With the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicking off in Brazil this past Thursday and with already a weekend of soccer now behind, The Pact held its first ever show devoted mainly to soccer.

To begin the show, Fino and Faith welcomed Lansing United owner Jeremy Sampson as he watched the USA’s first match of the World Cup live at a local pub. Jeremy shed light on the recent successes of the local amateur soccer team both in the standings and in the team finances and the community.

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Late Goal Takes Two Points Away from United

From the opening minute of the match, Lansing United constantly put pressure on the AFC Cleveland defense.

United midfielder, Brendan Finnerty, started the pressure in the 9th minute by hitting a shot from 25 yards out. The shot was deflected out-of-bounds for a corner kick, which was only the beginning of the amount of corners United would receive.

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United Falls Short to Detroit City

In a physical game in which the flow of play went back and forth, Lansing United could not find the back of the net.

“I was proud of the guys’ effort. First half, I thought it took us a while to settle in to the game, the environment and the opponent.,” United head coach Eric Rudland said. “Made some changes at halftime, I thought in the second half, I was really proud of our effort, creating some phenomenal opportunities.”

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