Zach Bennett

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.

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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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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…

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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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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Late Overtime Goal puts United into the NPSL Final Four

Stepping up is a simple concept, but it is harder to do when a championship is on the line and it is in front of the home crowd.

Lansing United stepped up on the biggest stage of their season so far by earning a 2-1 victory over the Fort Pitt Regiment in 120 minutes.

“It’s unbelievably tough. I mean you watch high level tournaments, players have a minimum of three days to rest, so for us to turn around and come back a day after, speaks to how well these guys have taken care of themselves throughout the year,” United head coach Eric Rudland said. “The quick turn around is just the passion and pride they have playing for Lansing United.”

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United Roll in Regional Semifinal, On to the Championship

In a 4-1 win against a Minnesota United Reserve team that had six professional players on its roster, Lansing United dominated from the start and stepped up defensively to earn a spot in the championship game.

“The message to our guys was, ‘Hey, to be the best, you have to beat the best,’ so let’s get it poppin’ and get it on and that’s exactly what they did in the first half,” United head coach Eric Rudland said.

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A Season of Achievement

Henry Ford once said, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

Without a doubt, the 2014 Lansing United season has been an unquestionable success.

Having just finished in first place of the Great Lakes West Conference in their inaugural season of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), Lansing United has come a long way since winning its first exhibition game back in May. This prosperity has grown out of the fundamental principle of working together as a team, something that has been stressed from the initial practices earlier this year.

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Lansing United Win Great Lakes West and Head towards Playoffs

In front of a crowd of 2,014 at DeMartin Stadium on the campus of Michigan State University, Lansing United tied Detroit City F.C., 2-2, to clinch a spot in the Great Lakes playoffs.

Through the first 19 minutes of the first half, both teams went back and forth, opening up a few scoring chances, but neither could convert.

In the 20th minute, United forward, Brian Cunningham, changed the game when he went on the counter up the right-hand side of the field and hit a low-driving cross towards the Detroit six-yard box, which found the head of United forward, Matt Brown, who flicked it on to the back post and scored.

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Lansing United One Step Closer to Making Playoffs

In front of a record breaking crowd of 1,166 fans at Archer Stadium, United moved one step closer to clinching a playoff berth in the Great Lakes Conference.

The Indiana Fire possessed the ball in the early minutes of the first half, which gave them an early scoring opportunity off a free kick. Fire midfielder Thomas Schmitt converted the free kick in the seventh minute.

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Late Goal Takes Two Points Away from United

From the opening minute of the match, Lansing United constantly put pressure on the AFC Cleveland defense.

United midfielder, Brendan Finnerty, started the pressure in the 9th minute by hitting a shot from 25 yards out. The shot was deflected out-of-bounds for a corner kick, which was only the beginning of the amount of corners United would receive.

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Brown’s Hat Trick Gives Lansing United First Win

After scoring zero goals in their home opener, Lansing United seemed to have no trouble finding the back of the net on Sunday night against the Michigan Stars, especially their captain, Matt Brown.

Brown traveled 3,696 miles from his hometown of Dordon, England to play soccer for United, and he showed the crowd why team owner, Jeremy Sampson, and manager, Eric Rudland, wanted him on the team.

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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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