Rensing Announces Men's Soccer Schedule
June 19, 2009
EAST LANSING, Mich. - First-year Michigan State men's soccer head coach Damon Rensing has released the Spartans' schedule for the upcoming 2009 season. The defending Big Ten Champions will open the 2009 campaign at DeMartin Stadium on Sept. 4 vs. Duquesne and will then hit the road for five consecutive road games.
MSU will take on seven teams that participated in last year's NCAA Championship, including: UIC, Ohio State, Indiana, Michigan, Notre Dame, Akron and Northwestern.
"It is one of our most competitive schedules and very similar to last year," said Rensing. "The quality of our non-conference schedule last year helped us identify where we were as a team early in the season and certainly assisted us in preparing for the always difficult Big Ten season."
Michigan State, which won both the regular season and conference tournament last year, will begin defense of its regular-season crown when Ohio State visits DeMartin Stadium on Sept. 27 to begin a four-game home stand. The Spartans will then host Valparaiso (Sept. 30), Penn State (Oct. 4) and Western Michigan (Oct. 7).
The Spartans will travel to Wisconsin (Oct. 11) and perennial Big Ten power Indiana on Oct. 18 before returning home for four consecutive home games.
In addition to hosting Michigan on Oct. 25, MSU will host non-conference powers Notre Dame (Oct. 28) and San Diego State (Nov. 1).
"Hosting our in-state rival, Michigan, along with Notre Dame and San Diego State consecutively, is something our team is really looking forward to," Rensing said.
MSU will close out the regular season with matches at Akron (Nov. 4) and Northwestern (Nov. 6).
"The conference schedule year in and year out is one of the most challenging in the country," said Rensing. "Our non-conference schedule is highly competitive and balanced and it will hopefully help us down the road."
The 2009 Big Ten Championship will be hosted by Indiana Nov. 12-15.
The Spartans will play two preseason exhibition games against Evansville (Aug. 27) and IPFW (Aug. 29) in Fort Wayne, Ind.
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