Spartan Men's Soccer Announces 2010 Slate
July 1, 2010
East Lansing, Mich. - Men's soccer coach Damon Rensing has announced the 2010 schedule for his Michigan State squad, and once again, the Spartans will take on a challenging slate of games. The Spartans, who will open with a Green & White exhibition on Aug. 18, will face off with seven NCAA teams from a year ago, including national runner-up Akron. The Spartans, who went 11-8-2 a season ago, lost just one player (senior defender Tim Granaderos) from their 2009 roster, and will welcome four newcomers this fall as they make a run at a second Big Ten title in three seasons.
" We are extremely excited about the 2010 schedule," notes Rensing, about to embark on his second season as the head coach of the Spartans. "Our non-conference schedule features teams from seven different conferences, and the Big Ten is always one of the most competitive conferences in the country. This should be our toughest schedule to date. However, we feel we are up for the challenge."
Last season, Michigan State was one of five teams in the Big Ten to earn an NCAA Tournament bid, and one of four to receive a first-round bye. It was the second-most conference teams to make the NCAA field in Big Ten history, aside from the 2004 field featuring six Big Ten squads.
MSU's men's soccer program will play a Green & White exhibition on Aug. 18, which will be free to the public and feature a post-game autograph session with the members of the 2010 squad. After the Green & White game, the Spartans will play a pair of exhibition matches - the first against Bradley at East Kentwood High School, and the second against Duke at the National Soccer Festival in Fort Wayne. While an exhibition, it pits the Spartans against the Blue Devils in a rematch of last year's second-round NCAA Tournament game, won by Duke, 2-1.
The season officially begins the first weekend in September, when the Spartans will play a pair of games in Washington DC against NCAA qualifier Maryland (Sept. 3) and at Georgetown (Sept. 5). Providence will serve as the squad's home opener on Thursday, Sept. 9, and MSU will also host Niagara that Sunday (Sept. 12) as part of a women's/men's doubleheader at DeMartin Stadium.
MSU will then participate in the Big Ten/Big East Challenge, welcoming Marquette to East Lansing (Sept. 17) before a game at Notre Dame (Sept. 19); a midweek non-conference tilt at Duquesne (Sept. 22) is the Spartans' final non-conference game before Big Ten play begins on Sept. 26 at home against Northwestern.
The month of October finds Michigan State with several non-league games interspersed with Big Ten tilts. The Spartans will play at defending Big Ten champion Ohio State (Oct. 3) before hosting New Hampshire on Oct. 6. Single-game league weekends follow at Penn State (Oct. 10), at home against Wisconsin (Oct. 17) and Indiana (Oct. 24), and at Michigan in MSU's Big Ten finale on Saturday, Oct. 30. In between, MSU will play at home against Western Michigan on Oct. 13 and at Bowling Green on Oct. 20.
The Spartans' biggest non-conference game of the season will take place at DeMartin Stadium on Wednesday, Nov. 3 against national finalist Akron, which fell to Virginia 3-2 in penalty kicks after a scoreless National Championship game. MSU's regular-season slate concludes on Saturday, Oct. 6 at Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the final contest before the Big Ten Tournament at Penn State from Nov. 11-14.
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