Aug. 9, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- - The men's soccer team will get its first look at its 10 new players and how they integrate with the talented corps of returning veterans as it has its Green & White scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 11. The game will be played at DeMartin Stadium, and kicks off at 6 p.m. Admission is free.
The Green & White game will split the Spartan team into two squads. It will feature two 30-minute halves with officials, and the gameday simulation will give the coaching staff its first game analysis of its squad in the preseason. The Spartans, who began preseason camp earlier this week, are getting ready for a pair of exhibitions next weekend against Indiana Purdue-Ft. Wayne and Duke that should give them a good measuring stick heading into the 2012 season.
With 10 newcomers - which is ranked No. 8 in the country by CollegeSoccerNews.com - the Spartans are spending a lot of time integrating the talents of the returning players with this group of newcomers during preseason camp. The return of potential All-Big Ten selections Domenic Barone and Kevin Cope to the roster after each missed all of last season with injury has the Spartans eyeing a run at another Big Ten title and a deep run in the NCAA tournament later this fall.
At the conclusion of Saturday's Green & White game, all the Spartan players and coaches will be available for autographs on the field.
"We are really looking forward to the Green & White game Saturday evening. Anytime you bring in fans, have referees, wear the green and white jerseys, and play in DeMartin Stadium, the game takes on more meaning," explained head coach Damon Rensing. "It will be a great opportunity for the community and fans to see the 2012 Men's Soccer team. I think this a team that they will enjoy watching.
"We as a staff are always looking for opportunities both in practices and scrimmages to evaluate players in certain situations," continued Rensing. "The Green and White game will give us another opportunity to see our younger players perform in situations that have more at stake than a normal practice scrimmage."