Men' s Soccer Spring Recap
May 6, 2010
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's soccer team completed its spring schedule last week as it wrapped up the exhibition season with a 4-1-2 record. The highlights of the spring schedule included a 3-0 win over Michigan as well as the opportunity to take on the 2009 MLS Eastern Conference Champion Columbus Crew in Columbus.
"I think the coaching staff was happy with how the spring season went, overall," said head coach Damon Rensing. "We had several of our returning players out with injuries and outside our game against the Columbus Crew, we only allowed two goals. Defense continues to be a priority for us, but we also created a lot of good scoring chances, which is also a good sign.
It was a great opportunity for some players to step up and they really showed they are ready to contribute in the 2010 season."
Without some of their regular starters, the Spartans defeated Michigan at the Ultimate Soccer Arena in Pontiac on April 10. Cyrus Saydee, who will be a junior this fall, scored twice in the win and Rubin Bega also chipped in a goal.
Playing against a Columbus Crew team with six regular starters in the lineup, the Spartans fell, 5-0, on April 2 at Crew Stadium. Despite the loss, it was an overall great experience for MSU to take on a professional team.
"It was a great experience for our guys and we are very thankful for the opportunity," said Rensing. "It was an eye-opener for us in a lot of positive ways and it showed what it takes to play at the next level."
MSU's tough competition also included the 2009 Horizon League Champions, Butler. Bega scored for the Spartans as the two teams played to a 1-1 draw at DeMartin Stadium on March 28.
The Spartans defeated Western Michigan, 1-0, in Kalamazoo on April 17 in Kalamazoo with goal from Nick Wilson.
MSU picked up two more wins the next day on April 18 when it defeated DePaul, 3-0, and then Division II power, Lewis University, 2-1, in a pair of 60 minute games. Kevin Cope, Brent Rosendall, Colin Givens and Bega all combined to score in the two victories.
The Spartans ended their spring schedule with a 0-0 tie with FC London (Ontario) on April 25 at DeMartin Stadium.
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