Men's Soccer Participates in Green and White Exhibition Game
Aug. 12, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's soccer team held its pre-season Green and White game in which the White team blanked the Green team, 2-0. The newest addition to the Spartan staff, assistant coach Ben Pirmann, led the White team to victory against assistant coach Kylie Stannard, who was in charge of the Green team. The scrimmage gave the team some game-like experience after only two days of pre-season practice.
"We saw some good things from some young players and we saw some veterans doing some things that we expect of them," commented head coach Damon Rensing. "I think any time you put a referee and a great crowd, it heightens the intensity and you really get a better evaluation of where the players are at. It was good to see. All in all, for our fourth session in two days, it was a good showing."
In the second of two 30-minute halves, junior Nick Wilson, deposited the ball into the right corner of the net off of a free kick. His teammate, freshman Blake Skamiera, secured the White team's victory after knocking in a goal off of a corner kick. Following the scrimmage, members of the team participated in an autograph and meet and greet session with local fans.
"I think the autograph session is great. I think sometimes our players benefit as much as the young players do. They realize they are people that are looked up to and are role models to the young boys and girls. Hopefully the young players get something out of it as well. It is good to see them with a smile on their face," said Rensing.
The Spartans are preparing for their first external competition, which comes next week in a pair of exhibition games. The Spartans will take on Oakland on Thursday (Aug. 18), then head to Fort Wayne for the Shindigz Soccer Festival, in which MSU will scrimmage Northern Illinois on Saturday, Aug. 20.
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