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.
Playing in their first game at DeMartin Soccer Complex this season, the Michigan State women’s soccer team defeated Eastern Michigan 3-0, with goals coming from Megan Marsack, Allyson Krause and Rachel VanPoppelen.
One of the main themes this off-season for the Spartans was attention to defense as well as defensive restarts.
It has been nearly eight months since Kyler Elsworth made the stop on fourth-and-one. Since Andrew Maxwell, after losing the starting quarterback position, came out to take the final kneel down for Michigan State in the Rose Bowl.
Friday night, the Spartans finally got to play again.
“First off, I thought we made a statement,” head coach Mark Dantonio said to the press after Michigan State’s 45-7 win over Jacksonville State.
Following last year’s NCAA Tournament run that ended in the regional semifinals, the MSU volleyball team opened its season on Friday with unfinished business.
The Spartans’ first two matches of the season were played in Birmingham, Ala. against Southeastern Louisiana and the host, Alabama-Birmingham. The day could not have gone much better for the Spartans, as they swept each of their opponents 3-0.
The long anticipated season opener kicked off, for the third straight year, on a Friday night. The Gamecocks of Jacksonville State arrived at Spartan Stadium with their band, and small cohort of supporters.
Connor Cook completed his first nine passes for 257 yards and 3 TDs for MSU in the first half of the season opener, as the Spartans marched to a 38-0 lead at the half.
What first was a shaky start for the Spartan defense turned into a big scare for the Spartan offense. After kicking the ball off to start the game, the Gamecocks nearly caught the MSU secondary sleeping.
After a few weeks of inactivity, the Detroit Pistons made headlines again after signing two key players in one night.
On July 15, Stan Van Gundy decided to sign veteran players D.J. Augustin (two-years, $6 million) and Caron Butler (one-year, $4.5 million with a team option).
Augustin, 26-years-old, is a traveled point guard who has spent plenty of time in the NBA dealing with adversity. In his six seasons in the league, Augustin has played for four teams, including division rivals Chicago and Indiana.
Sierra Patton made seven saves, but it was not enough as No. 16 Michigan State fell to No. 4 Duke 2-1 in overtime in the season opener Friday afternoon at Ralph Young Field.
Heading into overtime, Michigan State had momentum thanks to Abby Barker’s goal with 7.6 seconds remaining in regulation, but the seesaw affair continued.
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.”
By now, you have probably heard all the hype about the biggest game of the season. Michigan State will have to travel across the country to Eugene, Ore. to prove themselves against an elite, non-conference opponent early in the season.
But wait, there is actually a game before that?
So what is Jacksonville State all about?
Fall classes are starting to get underway at MSU, which also means that the MSU hockey season is almost upon us. With just about a month until the season starts, Spartan hockey season tickets are now available for purchase online.
Students have the option to buy season tickets or single game tickets the week of the game. With the purchase of season tickets, students receive an exclusive A-Team student section jersey. Non-students will have the same options, but they would not receive the jersey with the purchase of season tickets.
Ever wonder what an athlete is thinking before he or she makes a highlight play? Inside the Huddle gives inside access.
Andre Sims hosts the first episode of a miniseries that takes viewers inside the minds of athletes before making game-changing plays.
Sims starts by visiting MSU football quarterback Connor Cook in the film room, as he explains what was going through his mind during spectacular Rose Bowl plays and regular-season Big Ten games.
The women’s college soccer season has already started and a few Big Ten team are off to great starts and some have underachieved.
Brooks Laimbeer, host of Corner Kick, and Top Drawer Soccer reporter, Travis Clark, discuss all 14 teams in the Big Ten, incoming freshman to watch, professional prospects and who will make the Big Ten Tournament and the NCAA Tournament.
With the college football season finally here, it is time for Impact Sports to breakdown the backfield of the Spartan’s offense.
This is the last installment of the summer position group breakdown series.
As the season comes to a close, the guys do not know what to do with themselves.
The Detroit Tigers powerhouse is in second place in the division and the panic button is getting closer and closer. Host Tony Garcia alongside co-host Richie Cozzolino break down what has been a rough few weeks.
On this week’s episode of Octopi Hockeytown, host Austin Goodman discusses the potential impact of newly signed assistant coach, Tony Granato. In the first segment, Goodman shells out his thoughts on the positive impact that he thinks Granato is going to bring to the Detroit Red Wings special teams.
Towards the show’s end, Goodman gives another update on the offseason. When will the Red Wings re-sign Danny DeKeyser and Daniel Alfredsson? Can they make both work with only $5 million in cap space remaining?
Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio addressed the media in his first weekly press conference of the season late Tuesday morning. The topic of conversation was Friday’s game against Jacksonville State, as well as the new facilities at Spartan Stadium.
It was the first press conference in the new media center located in the north end zone expansion.