MSU Men’s Soccer

Carroll’s Header Puts Spartans into Sweet Sixteen

On a wet and slippery field, the Oakland Golden Grizzlies and Michigan State Spartans battled for 90 minutes to see who would advance to the Sweet Sixteen.

This game would be a rematch after Oakland beat Michigan State 2-0 in Rochester, Michigan during the regular season.

“Honestly we tried to taper [the earlier regular season loss]” head coach Damon Rensing said. “We knew our guys were going to be really fired up for this game.” Read More…

No. 3 Seed MSU Men’s Soccer Team Ready for Glory

It’s been 46 years since Michigan State has gotten to hoist the most coveted trophy in collegiate soccer. Trending upwards, the Spartans must only have their eyes on gold in 2014.

With the third seed in the bracket, expectations will be deservedly high for the Spartans, who kick off the tournament Sunday at 1 PM against the Oakland Golden Grizzlies. The Spartans lost a 2-0 contest when playing at Oakland earlier this year. Read More…

Corner Kick – NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament Preview

On Sunday, the NCAA Selection Committee narrowed the 2014 NCAA Tournament field to 48 teams, and on Monday at 1 p.m., teams waited eagerly to see if they made the tourney or received a seed.

Brooks Laimbeer, host of Corner Kick, and J.R. Eskilson, topdrawersoccer.com reporter, give their predictions for each round, discuss possible upsets and what teams have the most difficult road to the College Cup.

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Spartans Earn No. 3 Overall Seed in NCAA Tourney

An inconsistent Internet feed from NCAA.com made the room even more tense as the Spartans eagerly waited to see where they would end up in the NCAA Tournament.

All of a sudden the Internet feed came to and on the screen appeared a No. 3 seed for the Michigan State Spartans and the team got up out of their seats and cheered and congratulated each other on their hard work during the regular season. Read More…

Statistical Breakdown of Men’s Soccer vs. Maryland

It is Big Ten Tournament time for men’s soccer and it is no surprise the games are amplifying in magnitude.

Michigan State will face Maryland on Friday and both teams would love to secure a spot in the Big Ten Championship game, set to be held on Sunday.

Although both teams are expected to make the national tournament, a win could burgeon the stock of either one. Maryland comes in favored with the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten and home-field advantage. However, the defending runner-ups know from prior engagements the strength of the East Lansing side. Read More…

Corner Kick – Big Ten Men’s Soccer Tournament Semifinals

The Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals are long gone and the semifinals are now about to kick off on Nov. 14 with the No. 2 seed Ohio State Buckeyes going up against the No. 6 seed Indiana Hoosiers at 1 p.m. Later that day, the No. 1 seed Maryland Terrapins go up against No. 5 seed Michigan State Spartans at 3:40 p.m. on Big Ten Network.

Brooks Laimbeer, host of Corner Kick, and Travis Clark, reporter for topdrawersocer.com, discuss the two semifinal matchups. Read More…

Anyone’s Game in the 2014 Big Ten Tournament

The Big Ten regular season is over with and now the madness can begin with the Big Ten Men’s Soccer Tournament.

Brooks Laimbeer, host of Corner Kick, and J.R. Eskilson, reporter for topdrawersoccer.com, discuss the tournament matchups and predict who they believe will win the Big Ten Tournament.  Read More…

Spartans Fall to Wolverines in Front of Record-Breaking DeMartin Crowd

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…

Men’s Soccer Looks to Defeat In-State Rival

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…

Kreutz’s Goal Off the Bench Helps Spartans Tie Fighting Irish

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…

Opinion: Men’s Soccer Ready for Fighting Irish

In the last three years, the Spartans and Fighting Irish have met on the pitch five times. Three times during the regular season and two times during the NCAA Tournament.

The last time Michigan State beat Notre Dame was in 2010 when redshirt senior forward, Tim Kreutz, redshirt senior defender, Ryan Keener, and redshirt senior defender, Josh Barens, were freshman and adjusting to life in East Lansing. Read More…

Spartans and Wildcats Draw in Defensive Battle

In a hard-fought match between both sides, Michigan State and Northwestern could only notch one goal apiece in 110 minutes of play.

The Wildcats came out with high pressure against the Spartans, but Michigan State would set themselves up first for scoring opportunities as they earned a corner kick in the second minute and redshirt senior forward, Tim Kreutz, whipped in a cross in the eighth minute that was grabbed by senior goalkeeper, Tyler Miller. Read More…

Golden Grizzlies Score Two Late Goals to Defeat Spartans

In a back and forth game, the Oakland Golden Grizzlies capitalized on two attempts to defeat the Michigan State Spartans 2-0 at home.

Michigan State found themselves with an early corner kick in the sixth minute, as a ball from junior midfielder, Jason Stacy, found the head of senior midfielder, Fatai Alashe, but he could not put the header on target. Read More…

Big Ten Men’s Soccer Tournament Taking Shape

With the men’s soccer season entering its final stretch, the Big Ten Tournament is drawing close. Michigan State will be hoping to capture the first seed, although it faces intense opposition.

The top spot currently belongs to Penn State, who is sitting atop the Big Ten leaderboard, but has a game in hand on both Michigan State and fourth place Ohio State. However, Maryland and Northwestern will be jockeying for No. 1 as well, and the tightly-contested battle for the top spot is only getting started. 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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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…

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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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…

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