MSU Soccer

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 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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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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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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New Club and Their Passion: Spartan Soccer Club

In this episode, Corner Kick host, Brooks Laimbeer, sits down with Spartan Soccer Club’s events coordinator Travis Trainor, president Ben Erdman and communications director, Mitch King.

This new club on campus wants to get students together to enjoy the game that is taking the world by storm.

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Spartans Ease past Florida International

After a hard fought game against Southern Methodist University Friday, the Spartans found themselves in another physical match with Florida International University Sunday afternoon.

From the first minute of the game, the Panthers came out in full force and pressured the Michigan State defense.

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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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More than a Season Opener for Bennett

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.”

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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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MSU Women’s Soccer Schedule Analysis — Games 8-15

University of Wisconsin Badgers

Sept. 12

3:30 p.m.

DeMartin Stadium

To open up conference play, the Spartans will play the Badgers who have had their way with Michigan State. Wisconsin is 25-4-2 overall and 6-1-0 in their last seven meetings against Michigan State. Read More…

Men’s Soccer Schedule Breakdown: Part 3 (Games 14-20)

Western Michigan University Broncos
Oct. 15
4 p.m.
DeMartin Stadium
 

Since 2000, the Spartans are 13-0-1 against the Broncos and are looking to maintain that streak in 2014.
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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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Lansing United Draw in Home Opener

In front of a crowd of 975 fans on Friday night, Lansing United opened up their first National Premier Soccer League season against the Indiana Fire at East Lansing Soccer Complex.

“It definitely was a good surprise,” Michigan State University starting goalkeeper Zach Bennett said. “I didn’t know 900-some were going to come out tonight, so it was really awesome to see the support.”

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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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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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