Head coach Damon Rensing breaks down what to expect from the Spartans this season.
Spartans conclude historic season at 14-6-3.
MSU will take on the Fighting Irish in rematch in hopes to advance to the College Cup.
Michigan State takes on the Hoyas in the third round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 1 p.m.
Kreutz' header in double overtime accounted for the lone goal of the day.
MSU vs. Notre Dame NCAA Elite Eight game, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in South Bend, Ind. (Photo credit: Joe Raymond).
No. 11 Michigan State men's soccer (14-5-3) shutout No. 6 Georgetown, 1-0 in Washington, D.C. Photos by: Rafael Suanes
MSU Men's Soccer defeats Louisville, 1-0 in the NCAA Tournament Second Round. Photos by Matt Mitchell.
2013: A fixture in the Spartan lineup, Thelen started in all 23 games for MSU...Part of 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)...Second on the team and tied for third in the Big Ten with seven assists on the season...Recorded 19 shots and two goals for the Spartans, after not scoring in his three previous seasons... Picked up an assist on the game-winning goal against Michigan on Nov. 9... Assisted on Tim Kreutz' goal in double overtime against Indiana on Nov. 1... Scored an unassisted goal, MSU's second, in what was a 3-2 double overtime win at Northwestern on Oct. 6... Shot in a hooking corner kick goal in the 59th minute of a 1-0 win over Oregon State on Sept. 6 to earn his first career goal as a Spartan... Recorded an assist in the only goal of a 2-1 loss to Valparaiso on Sept. 8...Assisted on the fourth goal of a 4-0 rout of Western Michigan on Sept. 1.
2012: Started all 23 games... Tallied a team best (and career-high) seven assists, good for third in the Big Ten... Had a two-assist game against Indiana (10/21), both Jay Chapman tallies ... Assisted on Adam Montague's marker against Bowling Green (8/29) ... Had assists in back-to-back games against Marquette (9/16) and Western Michigan (9/21), on Montague and Tim Kreutz goals, respectively ... Had the assist on Domenic Barone's game-winner in a 1-0 win over Oakland (10/17)
2011: Appeared in 10 games, starting six ... Assisted on Kyle Rutz's game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Illinois-Chicago (9/27) ... Missed significant time with injury.
2010: Medical redshirt.
2009: Played in nine games throughout the season...Recorded one assist in a 4-0 victory vs. Wright State (9/13)
Prior to MSU: Named first-team all-state and Lansing Area Dream Team Player of the Year as he scored 16 goals and registered 11 assists as a senior ... Garnered all-region, all-district and all-league honors as a junior and senior ... Collected second-team all-state honors his junior season ... Earned all-league honors as a freshman in helping the Bulldogs to a 20-1-3 record and a spot in the state semi-finals ... four-year letterwinner totaled 24 goals and 31 assists during his career for former Spartan Nick Binder at Mason High School ... Played club soccer for Vardar from 2005-09.
Personal: Born March 29, 1991 ... Son of Eric and Stephanie Thelen.
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