The MSU football team isn't the only team in East Lansing who has a recruiting class coming on Wednesday, as the men's and women's soccer teams have announced their recruiting class for 2017.
MSU announced Wednesday the contribution of $1 million through the Spartan Fund, according to a press release. The gift will be used to support the construction of lights at DeMartin Soccer Stadium, the home field of the MSU men's and women's soccer teams. The benefit comes from alumnus Craig Bush, a 1983 graduate of MSU's James Madison College
MSU is the home of over 50,000 students, and close to 800 student-athletes that live all over campus. Olivia Argeros, is a freshman on the Women’s Soccer team and she shared her thoughts about living on campus her first year surrounded by student-athletes in South Neighborhood. “I wouldn’t say it’s an advantage to be surrounded by all student-athletes but socially I think it helps a lot to connect with others, because we all go through similar situations,” Argeros said. South Neighborhood is the home for the majority freshman and sophomore student-athletes.
The United Stated women not only beat Japan in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final on July 5, but took gold for most-viewed soccer game ever in the U.S.
MSU is losing six players to graduation this year, but with some key pieces returning next fall, the Spartans should have an opportunity to compete in the Big Ten. Redshirt junior defender Mary Kathryn Fiebernitz has been a major contributor throughout her Spartan career, and she was recently named a second team All-Big Ten selection. She scored four goals this past season and anchored the MSU defense. “It’s definitely an honor to be named to that team,” Fiebernitz said.
MSU women’s soccer had a roller coaster year and when the ride was finally over, the Spartans came up short of their goals. MSU’s season was defined by streaks, as the team started the year with six straight victories.
A season plagued with disappointment for the MSU women’s soccer team came to a close with a 2-0 loss to Indiana on Friday night. MSU (9-9-1 overall, 3-9-1 overall) fell behind in the 27th minute, when a shot from Indiana freshman forward Kayla Smith put the Hoosiers on the board first.
For the first time all year, MSU will play a conference game with no postseason implications. MSU (9-8-1 overall, 3-8-1 Big Ten) travels to Bloomington, Ind.
MSU will head to Illinois this weekend to take on the state’s two Big Ten representatives, Illinois and Northwestern.On Friday night, MSU (9-6-1 overall, 3-6-1 Big Ten)
The foot of a Spartan senior kicked things off for MSU against No. 11 Penn State, but it was the head of a freshman Nittany Lion that spoiled MSU’s last home game this season.Penn State (14-2 overall, 9-1 Big Ten) defeated MSU (8-6-1 overall, 2-6-1 Big Ten) on senior day, 2-1.
The tides turned for MSU on Thursday afternoon, as the Spartans finally won a game decided in the last-minute, rallying for a 2-1 victory over Ohio State.In the game’s final minute, OSU (5-8-2 overall, 2-6-1 Big Ten) tied the game at one on a penalty kick goal from senior forward Kayla Varner.
MSU will close out its home schedule this weekend, and with matchups against Ohio State and Penn State looming, the Spartans could potentially be involved in two more entertaining college soccer contests.
MSU has a chance to keep the wheels rolling this weekend, and after a six day break, the Spartans will visit West Lafayette, Ind., for a Saturday night game against Purdue.MSU (7-5-1 overall, 1-5-1 Big Ten) should be dialed up and ready to go against the Boilermakers (6-7-1 overall, 2-6 Big Ten). Game time is
Positivity has re-entered the veins of the women’s soccer program, and this optimism could not have come at a better time.
MSU’s tough stretch continued Thursday evening, as the team lost 1-0 to the visiting Iowa Hawkeyes.MSU (6-5-1 overall, 0-5-1 Big Ten) seemed to be lethargic throughout the game, and players were often moved with a lack of urgency.“I thought after the first half hour, we didn’t deserve to get a result today,” head coach Tom Saxton said.
After three road games over the past two weekends, women’s soccer will return to the friendly confines of DeMartin Stadium for a Thursday-Sunday set against two challenging teams.Iowa (8-3 overall, 3-2 Big Ten) will visit MSU (6-4-1 overall, 0-4-1 Big Ten) on Thursday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.