DeMartin Stadium Set to Host No. 10 Maryland

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Michigan State men’s soccer team is roughly a third of the way through the 2015 schedule sitting at 3-2. They started the season across the country with a 1-0 win versus Portland and a 1-0 loss versus No. 8 Oregon State. The first two home games at DeMartin Stadium in East Lansing, Mich. showcased the Spartans stout defense; a 4-0 shutout versus Niagara and a 1-0 overtime thriller versus West Virginia.

Last Friday, the team saw its would-be perfect home record disappear after a costly mistake by senior goalkeeper, Zach Bennett. The tough 1-0 loss to the nation’s top ranked Creighton Bluejays was a learning experience for the Spartans before their match against another highly ranked team, the #10 Maryland Terrapins.

MSU head coach, Damon Rensing, said, “Maryland is very good. This game today (Creighton) helps us prepare for Maryland better than any training session you can run. There’s a lot of similarities with the teams.”

Friday’s matchup versus Maryland also marks the start of the Big Ten season for Michigan State. “It’s the first Big Ten game…we put a high priority on the Big Ten. Our guys will be ready,” Rensing said.

As the Spartans reviewed their game versus Creighton, an encouraging sign was their impressive defense. “When you play a good team like this you’re going to find out where your strengths and weaknesses are. Our strengths are this is very good, hard-working team. We’re good defensively,” Rensing said.

While the offense was not able to put the ball in the back of the next against Creighton’s tough defense, they had plenty of opportunities and will look to capitalize on those vital chances. This team in 2015 is also starting five freshmen and sophomores.

Coach Rensing spoke on that, “If you look at where some of our youth is, it’s in the attacking areas. It’s not easy to score goals the higher up you go in college and in the next ranks…we need those younger guys to continue to grow and make plays.”

The #10 Maryland men’s soccer team is coming off of a close 1-0 win on Monday versus Navy.  Maryland is 3-1-2 overall and 0-0-1 in the Big Ten. The one B1G match they have played was a 0-0 tie at home against Michigan last Friday.

After this Friday, the Spartans will face the only other team in the nation that received any first place votes, Notre Dame. The #2 ranked Irish received one first place vote, they are 4-1-1 overall. Their lone loss came from their most recent game on Tuesday with Xavier winning 1-0 in South Bend, IN.