In a season full of extreme highs and lows, the MSU men’s soccer team was able to overcome tons of adversity and make the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in more than 40 years.
The MSU men’s soccer team was a mere nine seconds away from advancing to the Elite Eight before giving up an equalizer to North Carolina forward Enzo Martinez and losing 5-4 in penalty kicks.
For the first time since 1968, the MSU men’s soccer team will play in the Sweet 16. The Spartans (13-7-1) will take on No. 4 seed North Carolina at 3 p.m. Sunday in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Senior midfielder Jeff Ricondo scored in the 84th minute to propel the MSU men’s soccer team past previously-unbeaten Butler in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Junior forward Domenic Barone scored twice in the team’s 2-0 win against Oakland in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday afternoon at DeMartin Stadium at Old College Field.
Despite being the first class in MSU history to make it to the NCAA Tournament all four years, the MSU men’s soccer team’s senior class has one more thing they’d like to prove against Oakland at 1 p.m. Thursday at DeMartin Stadium at Old College Field — they can win a tournament game.
After losing to their in-state rival for the first time in eight years, the MSU men’s soccer team will have a chance at redemption. With a bid to the NCAA Tournament possibly at stake, MSU (11-6-1 overall, 2-4-0 Big Ten) will play Michigan in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament at 10 a.m. Thursday in State College, Pa.
With games against Michigan and No. 1 Akron next week, and the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments looming in the near future, the No. 16 MSU men’s soccer team recently has accumulated an array of injuries.