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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…

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…

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…

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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Golden Gophers Slip past Spartans in Overtime

After losing to the University of Wisconsin on Friday, Michigan State dropped their second Big Ten game against the University of Minnesota in overtime, 1-0.

The Spartans were out shot by the Golden Gophers 17-7, but the game was much closer than the numbers on the stat sheet, despite tired legs and a few injured Spartans.

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Badgers Hand Lady Spartans First Loss

In a back-and-forth game in which both teams had multiple opportunities to put goals on the scoreboard, the No. 9 Wisconsin Badgers slipped past the Michigan State Spartans 2-1 in overtime.

From the start of the game, Wisconsin controlled much of the possession in the first half and had early chances in the Spartans’ final third, but could not convert within the first 10 minutes.

Michigan State had a fair share of scoring chances in the first half, with an opportunity in the seventh minute.

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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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Lady Spartans Extend Winning Streak to Six Games

After defeating the Western Michigan Broncos 3-2 in double overtime, Michigan State tied its third-longest undefeated streak to start a season in program history.

The Spartans longest winning streak was eight games, which they have done twice. Once in 1986 (8-1-0) under former head coach, Joe Baum, and then in 2008 (8-0-0) under current head coach, Tom Saxton.

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Lady Spartans in Control against IPFW

From kickoff until the final whistle, Michigan State was in the driver’s seat as they controlled the flow and tempo of the game against Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

The Spartan offense got going early when junior defender, Alex Gjonaj, delivered a ball from a free kick, 35 yards out, into the Mastodon 18-yard box, which found the foot of junior midfielder, Sarah Kovan, who volleyed the ball into the goal.

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