Brooks Laimbeer

Women’s Soccer Falls Short on Senior Day

In a hard-fought battle between Michigan State and Penn State on senior day at DeMartin Stadium, the Spartans fell short, 2-1.

In the first 10 minutes, both teams were in a back and forth battle going up and down the pitch and getting shots off, but not on target. Read More…

Walk the Line 2014: NCAA Wk 8 & NFL Wk 7 – 10/17/14

This year’s Michigan State Spartan football team is indisputably impressive, but are they destined to fail out of sheer boredom? The trend became reality last week with yet another 4th quarter filled with mental errors, causing MSU to yet again not cover the spread after holding a considerable lead.

Winning alone is not going to be good enough to get into the College Football Playoff. Teams need to win big and establish themselves as the best of the best. A relatively easy road test Saturday vs. the Indiana Hoosiers has MSU -15.5, and the Spartans better play 60 minutes of football at 100%.

Another fun weekend of football to look forward to! This week’s menu… Read More…

Last Three Spots in Big Ten Women’s Soccer Tournament Still Wide Open

No women’s soccer team has been that dominant or bad to lock themselves into a spot in the Big Ten Tournament, but the top five teams right now: Penn State, Michigan, Rutgers, Wisconsin and Minnesota should finish within the top five.

The top eight teams in the conference advance to the Big Ten Tournament, and spots six, seven and eight are wide open between six teams. The target number of points I believe a team needs to make the Big Ten Tourney is at the minimum, 17 points. Being closer to 20 points would better secure them a spot in the final three though. Read More…

Wester’s Late Goal Keeps Spartans’ Season Alive

Both Michigan State and Ohio State had their goal scoring opportunities Thursday, but the Spartans capitalized on them when it was most needed.

Right from the start of the game, the Spartans came out with pressure and within the first minute they found the back of the net when senior forward, Paige Wester, hit a shot at redshirt freshman goalkeeper, Megan Geldernick, who mishandled the shot and allowed junior forward, Allyson Krause, to put a foot on it and find the back of the net. Read More…

Spartans Looking for Two Big Wins to Stay in Big Ten Tourney Hunt

It’s the final stretch of the season for the Spartans. With five games to go, two at home and three away, Michigan State sits in the middle of the Big Ten table with seven points and needs to come away with four or five wins in order to have a chance at qualifying for the Big Ten Tournament.

“Anything is possible. We really have to take care of the next one and I know that’s coach speak,” head coach Tom Saxton said. “We just know where we are right now. We’re in a pack of teams that are all chasing for those last one or two playoff spots and it’s doable.” Read More…

Stacy’s Play Powers Win for Men’s Soccer

The Spartans continued their success against Western Michigan University as they found the back of the net four times to come away with the 4-0 win on Wednesday.

It did not take long for Michigan State to find the back of the net after earning a free kick in the fourth minute. Read More…

A Little Too Familiar?

It’s not uncommon for collegiate soccer players to cross paths with former teammates they played with at the youth soccer level. When the Michigan State Spartans and Western Michigan Broncos take the field on Wednesday at 4 p.m., many paths will be crossed.

Sophomore midfielder, Dewey Lewis, redshirt freshman, Ryan Scott, and junior midfielder, Jason Stacy, grew up on the west side of Michigan and played youth soccer for the Grand Rapids Crew Juniors along with several Western Michigan University players. Read More…

Second Half Goals Give Men’s Soccer the Win

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.

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Corner Kick: Mid-Season Edition

The Big Ten men’s soccer sesason has been in full swing and J.R. Eskilson, reporter from Top Drawer Soccer, joins host Brooks Laimbeer on this mid-season edition of Corner Kick. 

J.R. and Brooks discuss each Big Ten team, the surprises in the Big Ten, who has a chance to win Big Ten Player of the Year and Big Ten Freshman of they Year and what team could win the Big Ten regular season and the Big Ten Tournament. Read More…

Walk the Line 2014: NCAA Wk 7 & NFL Wk 6 – 10/10/14

The MSU football team survived Nebraska last week by the skin of their teeth, and now it’s on to West Lafayette, where the Spartans are favored by 21 points against the Purdue Boilermakers. There’s potential for trouble, so see if Dan Krier & Brooks Laimbeer think Michigan State can cover the spread.

Overall, this is a fantastic week of college football. The push to the Championship Playoff has truly begun. Here is this week’s menu of games… Read More…

Athletes of the Week: Jamie Cheslik and Zach Bennett

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…

Spartans Back to Winning Ways as Bennett Breaks Shutout Record

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…

Women’s Soccer Get First Conference Win

There was a different pep in the Lady Spartans’ step today during warmups, and it continued into the game against the University of Nebraska.

The Cornhuskers came out and set the tempo in the first 20 minutes as redshirt senior, Courtney Clem, was tested early and came up with two big saves in the third and 14th minute off two difficult shots. Read More…

Walk the Line 2014 written edition: NCAA Wk 6; NFL Wk 5 – 10/3/14

Hello, Walk the Line fans! Dan Krier here. Thanks to this cold/flu/whatever it is I’ve picked up, our Walk the Line podcast will be taking a week off while my voice recovers.

Nonetheless, Brooks Laimbeer and I wanted to give our picks for this week’s great games like Saturday night’s MSU (-6.5) vs Nebraska matchup here in East Lansing. Can the Spartans cover the spread in what’s sure to be cold and rainy conditions? Here we go… Read More…

Women’s Soccer Unable to Overcome Winless Streak

After losing a close match to the Wolverines last Saturday, the Lady Spartans were looking to get back on track Thursday night, but could not break their winless streak in conference play against the Hawkeyes.

Michigan State came out with pace from the first whistle, but their urgency seemed to fade as the game went on and the sides constantly went back and forth down the pitch. Read More…

Spartans Create Chances, Just Can’t Finish

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.

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Last-Minute Goal Puts Wolverines Past Spartans

In front of a sellout crowd in Ann Arbor, Mich., Michigan State and the University of Michigan battled for 90 minutes for bragging rights in the state of Michigan.

The Wolverines had their chances early in the game inside the Spartans’ 18-yard-box, but could not convert as the Michigan State defense stood tall and blocked their shots.

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Spartans Look to Grab First Big Ten Win Against Rival Wolverines

On Saturday night, the Lady Spartans will head into Ann Arbor, Mich. not just looking to attain bragging rights, but to try and snap a two-game losing streak against the Wolverines.

“After (last) weekend finished up, the only word that popped in my head was ‘execute,’ redshirt junior defender, Mary Kathryn Fiebernitz said. “For me, that’s kind of the word of the week. If we can execute the little things this week and take it into the game and execute what we need to do in that game, I think we will be fine.” Read More…

A Hard-Fought Battle Gives MSU Fifth Win

In a competitive match between Bowling Green and No. 16 Michigan State on Wednesday, the Spartans came out victorious, 1-0, on a late goal.

At the beginning of the game, Michigan State was put under pressure from a Falcons team that pushed their defensive line high and pushed their strikers forward to chase the ball. Read More…

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