Men's soccer captain reflects on moments and legacy during his time at Michigan State.
Fatai Alashe and Jay Chapman named All-American honorees by NSCAA.
Providence 3, Michigan State 2
The Spartans fall just short of the College Cup in a hard-fought battle with the Friars.
Head coach Damon Rensing provides insight into what the Spartans have in store.
Michigan State Soccer Coach Damon Rensing discusses the top players for the 2012 Michigan State Men's Soccer team.
No. 11 Michigan State men's soccer (14-5-3) shutout No. 6 Georgetown, 1-0 in Washington, D.C. Photos by: Rafael Suanes
2013: Team captain... Third-Team NSCAA All-American... Named to the 2013 NSCAA Great Lakes All-Region First-Team ... First Team All-Big Ten... Selected as one of 10 finalists for the 2013 men's collegiate soccer 2013 Senior CLASS Award®, first candidate from the MSU men's soccer program to be a top-10 finalist for the award ... Despite missing five games due to a mid-season injury, Cope led the stalwart Spartan defense that recorded a program-tying 13 shutouts and led the Big Ten in fewest goals allowed with 15 and goals against average (0.64)... After only recording one career goal prior to 2013, scored two goals and recorded two assists for MSU in 2013...Scored the second goal of a 4-0 MSU victory over Western Michigan on Sept. 1...Headed in the only Spartan goal in a 2-1 loss to Valparaiso on Sept. 8...Assisted Tim Kreutz on the game-winning goal in overtime in the second round of the NCAA Tournament against Louisville on Nov. 24 to advance to the NCAA Quarterfinal...Named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week on Nov. 25...Selected to the College Soccer News Team of the Week on Dec. 2.
2012: Team Captain ... Second Team NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region selection ... Named Second Team All-Big Ten... Academic All-Big Ten ... Started in all 23 games, a career-high in games played after missing most of the 2011 season with injury ... One of the steadiest defenders in the Big Ten at center back ... Assisted on Nick Wilson's game-winning goal in the first round of the NCAA tournament against Cleveland State (11/15)... Named top Defensive Player of the Big Ten Tournament... In the summer of 2012, Named Premiere Development League (PDL) Defender of the Year while playing for the Michigan Bucks...Named to the Big Ten's "Players to Watch" for the 2012 Season ... Was named the PDL Defender of the Year after a standout summer with the Michigan Bucks.
2011: Left the game at Connecticut with injury (9/2) ... Injury ended his junior season prematurely, but allowed him a medical redshirt ... Named Academic All-Big Ten and one of the Big Ten's Distinguished Scholars for 2011-12.
2010: All-Big Ten Second Team...Started in 20 games, missing two with injury...His first career goal served as the game-winner in the 2-1 victory over Duquesne (9/22).
2009: Named Big Ten Freshman of the Year...Named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team...Started in all 21 games of the season...Had two assists on the season vs. Duquesne (9/4) and vs. Notre Dame (10/28)
Prior to MSU: Became just the third defender ever to win the state's Mr. Soccer award in 2008 ... 2008 NSCAA All-America selection and a two-time all-state honoree ... Earned all-conference and all-district accolades as a sophomore and all-division honors his freshman season ... Finished his high school career with 14 goals from his defensive position ... Four-year letterwinner for coach Ed McCarthy at Salem ... Captained his club team, the Michigan Wolves, to a national championship in 2007 and was a member of the U-18 Derby County Wolves USSF Academy team ... Played with the Michigan ODP team for three years.
Personal: Born October 16, 1991 ... Son of Doug and Cindy Cope... Mother, Cindy, ran track at Central Michigan ... Finance major.