Aug. 21, 2010
Kentwood, Mich - Michigan State's men's soccer team posted a 1-1 deadlock against Bradley in a neutral-site exhibition game in Kentwood, Mich. on Saturday evening. Cyrus Saydee had the lone tally for the Spartans, who were playing their first game of the season against external competition. The game was held at Pat Patterson Soccer Complex in Kentwood, Mich., and a crowd of more than 1,700 people watched the two teams battle on Saturday evening.
"It was a great environment for us to play in, and I think the fans in Grand Rapids really supported this event so well," noted Damon Rensing, who is starting his second season as the head coach of the program. "I'd like to thank Bradley for coming up here to play us. They're a good team that's going to have a good season, and it was a great early test for us.
"We got to see where we stand in a lot of areas," continued Rensing. We found some things to work on. We also got a chance to see every player we traveled play in the game tonight, so it was a great way to evaluate personnel against someone other than their teammates. Tonight was a great thing for us in a lot of ways."
Saydee scored MSU's only goal of the contest in the 60th minute, set up by Jeff Ricondo and Domenic Barone. The Braves knotted the score with about 20 minutes to play in regulation, but neither team would score again and the sides settled on a 1-1 deadlock.
The Spartans will be back in action next weekend when it plays its final exhibition of the preseason. MSU will take on Duke next Sunday at 11 a.m.