Big Ten Soccer

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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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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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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Keeper!!!

Paul Gilbert, the new volunteer assistant coach for the MSU men’s soccer team, stops by the studio to talk about his new role with the team. Starting goalie Zach Bennett and backup goalie Quinn McAnaney also stopped in to talk about goalkeeping and what it is like to work with Paul.

Zach and Quinn also tackle the challenging, but always entertaining, player questionnaire. What teammate do they never want to score on them during practice? Who is the most athletic person on the team? What women’s soccer player do they believe can score on them?

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BREAKING NEWS: Kevin Cope Released from Philadelphia Union

According to an article by Jonathan Tannenwald of philly.com, former Michigan State defender Kevin Cope was released from the Philadelphia Union.

Cope was one of three players that was released from the Philadelphia Union. The other two were Robbie Derschang and Michael Seamon.

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Men’s Soccer Signing Day Exclusive with Damon Rensing

National Signing Day was Wednesday and the Michigan State men’s soccer program received National Letters of Intent from seven high school seniors. Head coach Damon Rensing was in studio to publicly unveil all seven student-athletes to Spartan Nation and discuss his feeling towards this year’s class, his expectations for each individual and explain this past season’s recruiting process.

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Pre-Signing Day Podcast: Kylie Stannard, Jay Chapman and Fatai Alashe Join in on a Recruiting Discussion

National Signing Day for men’s soccer is upon us. Wednesday, February 5th is the day high school seniors will put the pen to the paper and officially declare themselves Spartans.

Assistant coach Kylie Stannard reveals what the Michigan State soccer program looks for in a recruit, what his role as recruiter involves and how college soccer recruiting has changed over the past 20 years.

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Corner Kick Exclusive: Post-MLS Draft Podcast with Kevin Cope & Rauwshan McKenzie

Former Michigan State men’s soccer defender Kevin Cope was selected 25th overall by the Philadelphia Union in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft on Thursday. Today, Kevin joins Corner Kick reporter, Brooks Laimbeer, in an exclusive post-draft audio interview. Former Spartan standout and current member of the MLS’ Portland TimbersRauwshan McKenzie, as well as Michigan State men’s soccer assistant coach Ben Pirmann join in on the post-draft conversations.

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Corner Kick Roundtable #5

In the fifth edition of Corner Kick Roundtable, co-host, Brooks Laimbeer interviews Matt Doyle, news media editor at MLSsoccer.com, about the 2014 MLS Combine and the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.

Doyle gives predictions on where former Michigan State defenseman Kevin Cope will go in the Draft, and if any current Michigan State players have a future in the MLS. Read More…

Corner Kick Roundtable #4

In the fourth edition of Corner Kick Roundtable, host, Jonathan Yales, invites Impact Sports reporter, Brooks Laimbeer, to discuss the Michigan State men’s soccer season which recently concluded with an Elite Eight loss to Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament. Laimbeer expands on what he saw live from the Spartans in South Bend, Ind. and MSU head coach Damon Rensing joins the conversation.

Spartans Fall to Irish in Elite Eight

South Bend, Ind. – Battling the cold weather and a frozen field, the Spartans fought all the way to the end, but the Fighting Irish held strong and came away with the win.

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Men’s Soccer Travels to South Bend for Elite Eight

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State football may be playing in the Big Ten Championship on Saturday and MSU volleyball may have just begun their NCAA tournament run, but MSU men’s soccer is well on its way to history with a chance to become one of the best men’s teams in the program’s 57-year history.

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Corner Kick Roundtable #1

In the inaugural Corner Kick Roundtable, host of The PactAnthony Serafino, is invited to lead the discussion as Corner Kick host Jonathan Yales, Corner Kick reporter Brooks Laimbeer and Zach Smith of The State News discuss Michigan State men’s soccer and the anticipated expansion of Major League Soccer.

Spartans Look to Tame Hoyas

EAST LANSING, Mich. – On Sunday, the Spartans will take the pitch against a Georgetown University team who is looking to get back to the Men’s College Cup final, after losing to Indiana University in 2012.

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Spartans Advance to Sweet Sixteen

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.

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Confident with Experience

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan State Spartans and Louisville Cardinals will meet on the pitch at DeMartin Stadium, Sunday, for the second round of the NCAA tournament.

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NCAA gives Spartans an Eleven Seed

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.

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Weather Plays Crucial Role in Crowning Big Ten Tournament Champion

Michigan State (12-4-3, 4-2-1 Big Ten) and Indiana (7-11-2, 2-4-0) played as two equivalent teams Sunday, as expected in the Big Ten Tournament finale.

What was not expected was that something as trivial as the wind ended up becoming a substantial part of the game and dictated the final score.

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