EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State men’s soccer head coach Damon Rensing announced Monday the Spartans’ schedule for the 2017 season. The schedule will feature nine home games at DeMartin Soccer Complex and eight away games.
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For the first time ever, the Spartans will play night games at DeMartin Soccer Complex, as lights were installed this summer. The schedule features five night games at home during the 2017 campaign.
“We are really looking forward to the 2017 season. The combination of celebrating the 50 year anniversary of the 1967 National Championship Team, Joe Baum’s induction into the MSU Hall of Fame and the inaugural season of lights at DeMartin Stadium should bring a lot of excitement,” Rensing said.
Michigan State will take on six teams that advanced to the 2016 NCAA Tournament during its 17-game regular-season schedule, including four teams that finished in the NCAA RPI Top 25 and five teams that finished in the NSCAA Top 25. The Spartans challenging schedule also includes seven teams with 10 or more wins in 2015.
“Playing non-conference opponents from the ACC, Ivy League, MAC, A-10 and Horizon should really challenge us with a lot of different styles of play and environments. The Big Ten should be one of the best conferences in the country this year, so the entire schedule will really challenge this veteran group,” added Rensing.
Michigan State will prepare for the season with a pair of exhibitions. The Spartans will host Colgate on Tuesday, Aug. 15, before taking on Butler on Friday, Aug 18.
The Spartans will open the regular season against the same team that ended the 2016 season, facing SIUE on Friday, Aug. 25 in Edwardsville, Illinois. Last season, the teams met in the first round of the NCAA Tournament with the Cougars advancing on penalty kicks. On Sunday, Aug. 27, MSU will take on St. Louis on the road. The teams will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Co-National Championship when the teams tied 0-0.
“We are looking forward to opening the regular season in St. Louis against SLU and SIUE. There is a lot of history between St. Louis and MSU and two good out of region opponents. Hosting Dartmouth, who was an NCAA Tournament team last year for our first ever game under the lights at DeMartin should be a great match for our fans,” said Rensing.
The Spartans will debut their lights at DeMartin on Friday, Sept. 1 against Dartmouth. Michigan State will remain in East Lansing, hosting Cleveland State on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4.
MSU will hit the road to open Big Ten action on Friday, Sept. 8, traveling to Rutgers. The Spartans are 1-0-1 against the Scarlet Knights since Rutgers joined the Big Ten. Michigan State will then return home for its annual meeting with Bowling Green on Wednesday, Sept. 13 under the lights. In a prime time game on Sunday, Sept. 17, the Spartans will battle for the Big Bear Trophy against in-state rival Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Michigan State will end the month of September with a pair of teams that reached the NCAA Tournament, hosting Maryland on Friday, Sept. 22 and traveling to Akron on Wednesday, Sept. 27. Last season the Spartans fell to the Big Ten Champion Terrapins twice, while defeating the Zips at home.
October opens with a Big Ten battle with Ohio State in East Lansing on Friday, Oct. 1. Last season, the Spartans stopped the Buckeyes in Columbus. MSU will then play three-straight games on the road, traveling to Western Michigan (October 4), Wisconsin (October 7) and West Virginia (October 11). Last year, MSU defeated Western Michigan in overtime, while earning a tie against Wisconsin.
On Saturday, Oct. 14, Michigan State returns home to take on Penn State before hosting Oakland on Tuesday, Oct. 17 in non-conference action. In its final regular season road game of the season, the Spartans face Northwestern on Friday, Oct. 20.
For the second-straight year, MSU ends the regular season against Notre Dame and Indiana. This season the Spartans’ will take on the two Hoosier State teams in East Lansing. Michigan State will host the Irish on Tuesday, Oct. 24, while taking on Indiana on Sunday, October 29 to end the regular season. Notre Dame finished 2016 ranked No. 14, while Indiana ended the year ranked No. 9.
The 2017 Big Ten Tournament will begin on Sunday, Nov. 5 at the top four seeds’ home sites. The semifinals will follow on Friday, Nov. 10 and the championship will be held on Sunday, Oct. 12. The Big Ten semifinal and championship will be played at Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana for the second-straight season.
The 2017 NCAA College Cup will be played Dec. 8 and 10 at Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia, which is home to the MLS team the Philadelphia Union.
Michigan State ended the 2016 season with a 13-5-2 record advancing to the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Spartans welcome back nine starters, including Big Ten Freshman of the Year Giuseppe Barone and first-team All-Big Ten honoree Ryan Sierakowski.