Nov. 18, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's soccer team was selected as a No. 11 overall seed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, as announced on Monday afternoon on NCAA.com. The Spartans (12-5-3) will host the winner of Louisville and Denver in the second round at DeMartin Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m.Video Reaction and Comments
"There is a little over 200 division 1 programs here, only 48 have the privilege of playing here in the NCAA tournament," said head coach Damon Rensing. "We are very proud to represent Michigan State, the athletic department, and our team here in this great tournament.
"It is important for us to rest a little bit. Three games in five days is a lot. Our guys have put a lot of emotional and physical energy into the Big Ten Tournament and came up just a tad short, but I think rest will help and we will get prepared come Sunday. We will get the (Red Cedar) Rowdies out there hopefully and our event management people and our grounds, they do an unbelievable job all year. Demartin is an awesome place to play and we are excited about that for sure."
The Spartans (12-5-3) concluded their regular season with a valiant Big Ten Tournament run, advancing to the title game for the second time in as many years. Though MSU fell to defending national champions Indiana in the final, the Spartans finished third in the Big Ten standings with a 3-2-1 record.
Michigan State will be making its 16th NCAA Tournament appearance in school history, and sixth in the last seven years. Head Coach Damon Rensing is making his fourth appearance in five seasons at the helm of the Spartans.
Louisville went 11-4-3 on the season and won The American Conference regular season at 5-1-2. Denver was 13-3-3 this season, was a perfect 6-0-0 in the Summit League and went on to win the conference tournament.