After an upset win over then-No. 6 Maryland to open the year, the MSU men’s soccer team was blown out by Georgetown. After that loss is where men’s soccer reporter Pat Evans began to see why the Spartans have what it takes to go far. Really far.
There might not have been a movie made about him, but soccer players should be trying to bend it like Thompson. Senior midfielder Spencer Thompson scored his second corner kick goal of the season, as the No. 15 MSU men’s soccer team opened up Big Ten play with a 2-0 home victory against Northwestern on Sunday.
The No. 15 MSU men’s soccer team found some added motivation before the season began after the team was projected to finish fifth in the conference in a preseason poll. The Spartans are the highest-ranked team in the Big Ten in the top 25 poll and aren’t looking back, moving toward their goal of the 2010 Big Ten Championship.
The Big Ten Conference was well-represented against the Big East Conference this weekend, with the conference going a combined 2-1-2 against Big East opponents. No. 19 MSU swept its two games during the weekend in the Big Ten/Big East Challenge with a 1-0 win against Marquette on Friday at home and a 2-0 victory at Notre Dame on Sunday.
The Big Ten conference and the No. 19 MSU men’s soccer team have an opportunity to show how good they are this weekend as two of the nation’s top soccer conferences meet in the Big Ten/Big East Challenge.
For the No. 19 MSU men’s soccer team, the best offense is a good defense. During the team’s weekend home stand, the Spartans gave up just one goal and scored eight in a 4-0 win Thursday against Providence and a 4-1 win Sunday against Niagara.
After three assists in the first three games, senior midfielder Spencer Thompson took the offense into his own hands in the No. 23 MSU men’s soccer team’s 4-1 win against Niagara on Sunday at DeMartin Stadium at Old College Field.
The Spartans will look to take last weekend’s lessons forward as they welcome Providence (1-0-1) for the team’s home opener, which is set for 5 p.m. Thursday at DeMartin Stadium at Old College Field.
fter three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, the No. 24 MSU men’s soccer team looks to improve and make an even deeper push into the postseason in 2010.