A few weeks removed from the end of the men’s soccer season, it is only natural that a little nostalgia creeps through the cracks of the shut door. For the Spartans, it was a very successful season, reaching their second Elite Eight in two years, although they were undoubtedly crushed not to progress further in the College Cup. Throughout the season, they endured many evenly-contested games and individual players received the accolades that they deserved, on the field and off.
Now, let’s attempt to relive the season briefly. Read More…
Adam Montague became the latest Spartan to join the increasingly prestigious MLS on Tuesday. It had been unclear whether Montague would be drafted, but the Vancouver Whitecaps vanquished any doubts when they chose the Michigan State graduate with the 58th pick of the MLS Superdraft.
The pick was acquired via a trade with D.C. United in which Vancouver sent 24 year-old Long Tan to the Capital City for a third-round pick. Read More…
Even for draft day, Michigan State had an inordinate amount of success. Having one player go professional in a day is a success for most teams; another player to put on the “Wall of Fame” and show recruits what they could become. The Spartans had two players officially go from player to picture on the wall, as Jay Chapman and Fatai Alashe turned pro yesterday.
Alashe will be headed out west to San Jose after the Earthquakes gambled on the senior midfielder with the fourth pick in the MLS SuperDraft. Although Alashe went higher than many expected, the Earthquakes never thought about anyone else. They were in dire need of a defensive specialist, and Alashe was the best in the draft. Read More…
The MLS Combine is from January 9-13 and 55 seniors are competing to raise their draft stock for the MLS SuperDraft on January 15.
When the Michigan State Spartans and Washington Huskies met in Fort Wayne, Indiana on August 21 for a preseason match, both teams were figuring out their starting lineups as the Huskies won the game 1-0.
With both lineups set this time, these two teams would meet again in a match that would hold a little more significance, as the fate of both teams’ seasons would ride on this Sweet 16 match at DeMartin Stadium. Read More…
A back and forth Mitten Derby between the Michigan State Spartans and Michigan Wolverines, in front of a record-breaking crowd of 3,003 at DeMartin Stadium, saw five goals in 90 minutes on Sunday.
The Wolverines got off to a quick start within the first minute when junior midfielder, William Mellors-Blair, got in behind the Spartan defense on a through ball and ripped a shot at junior goalkeeper, Zach Bennett, which Bennett easily saved. Read More…
Sunday at 2 p.m, the Michigan State men’s soccer team will attempt to replicate the success of their acquaintances playing American football. The Spartans and Michigan Wolverines will be battling again for the Big Bear Trophy, which currently resides in East Lansing.
In years past, Michigan State has had immense success at home, winning the last five contests at DeMartin Stadium against their in-state rivals. Michigan comes in at 5-7-3 (2-2-2 in the Big Ten) while MSU boasts a 9-3-4 (3-1-2) record that has kept them in the top 25. Given the teams’ records this season, one would expect the streak to continue. Read More…
In a hard fought match that went back and forth all night between Michigan State and Notre Dame, the Spartans came out of South Bend, Indiana with a 1-1 draw.
For the opening minutes of the match, the Spartans controlled the possession game and worked the ball around the pitch, but could not put themselves into good scoring opportunities. Read More…
A young Wisconsin Badgers team surprised the Spartans early, but in the end the experience of Michigan State gave them the 2-1 win.
Within the first minute of the game, the Badgers earned a free kick on the left side of MSU’s 18-yard-box, 30 yards out from goal.
Freshman forward, Jamie Cheslik has been nothing short of exceptional this year for the Spartans when it comes to scoring goals and showing her perseverance in matches.
Cheslik leads Michigan State with seven goals, which is tied for sixth place in the Big Ten. She also has two game-winning goals for her team this season which have come on the road against Oakland University and California State University, Fullerton. Read More…
In a back and forth match that saw Akron University with much of the possession, the Spartans found a way to put one in the back of the net and kept the Zips from scoring.
From the first whistle, Akron came out and set the tempo of the game and looked for that early goal as they had multiple chances within the first 10 minutes of the game to score. Read More…
In a game which Michigan State controlled most of the possession, the Spartans could not put one in the back of the net against Rutgers University, eventually finishing in a 0-0 tie.
From the start of the game, the Spartans brought relentless pressure on the Scarlet Knight defense, earning 12 set pieces in the entire first half, nine of those being corner kicks.
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.
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.
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…
Eric Rudland will be in charge of constructing Lansing United’s roster as well as all the coaching duties throughout the team’s upcoming summer season.
“When I sat down with (Jeremy Sampson) it was very apparent that he’s passionate about this organization,” Rudland said. “He wanted to do things the right way and that made my decision to get involved very easy.”
EAST LANSING, Mich. – All season long, head coach Damon Rensing has emphasized unity and the toughness of his 27 players, and the Spartans showed that on Sunday against the University of Louisville.
On a cold day with high winds, and a field that players could hardly get a good footing on, the Spartans found themselves locked in a tight game with the Cardinals.
EAST LANSING, Mich. – As the clock struck noon on Monday, 27 men’s soccer players and their head coach eagerly waited to see where their 12-5-3 record would place them in the NCAA tournament.
It took nine minutes for the Spartans to get that answer, but that eagerness quickly turned into cheers as they saw that they earned an 11 seed.