Dec. 16, 2013
The 2013 Spartans completed a record-breaking season with a trip to the NCAA Round of Eight for the first time since 1968.
Through the historic tournament run, the team set a new MSU record by earning 14 wins, the most in a single-season.
The Spartans were anchored by a stalwart defense, Michigan State held off opponents to a record 13 shutouts on the season, tying the most in program history.
With great success come great honors as Michigan State was recognized as a regional powerhouse. MSU’s Kylie Stannard was named 2013 Great Lakes Region Assistant Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Also recognized by the NSCAA, head coach Damon Rensing was named the 2013 Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year. He is the first member of the MSU soccer program to receive the coaching honor. The Spartans made their fourth NCAA tournament appearance in his five seasons at the helm, Rensing concluded the season with a 57-38-12 record.
Michigan State defender Kevin Cope was named a NSCAA Third-Team All-American, marking the first time the redshirt senior has earned the All-American honors in his Spartan career and the first MSU All-American since Doug DeMartin was recognized in 2008. He is one of 50 NCAA seniors to compete at the MLS Player Combine on Jan. 10-14, 2014, a showcase for the MLS Superdraft to be held on Jan. 16.