NCAA Championship History

16 Appearances
2 Co-National Championships
6 College Cup Berths
4 National Championship Game Appearances
38 matches

1967 NCAA Co-Champions
1968 NCAA Co-Champions

1962 (1-1)
Nov. 19 - First Round
Michigan State 4, Howard 0
In the Spartans' first-ever NCAA Tournament game, they defeated Howard, 4-0, despite shivering temperatures. As a testament to MSU's stalwart defense, it shut out Bison forward Winston Alexis. This marked the first time Alexis hadn't scored in a game in two years.

Semifinals
Nov. 29 - St. Louis 2, Michigan State 0
MSU had beaten all of their opponents from 1960 to 1962, but one eluded them. They were jinxed by Midwest foe, St. Louis Uninversity. The Billikens defeated the Spartans, 2-0, in the NCAA semi-final round.

1963 (0-1)
Nov. 21 - First Round
St. Louis 2, Michigan State 0
In a battle between Midwest powerhouses, MSU was scoreless against the defending national champions. The Spartans defeated St. Louis University 4-3 in the regular season to finish 9-0 and to put an end to the St. Louis jinx. However, St. Louis showed flashes of their 1962 NCAA Tournament victory, defeating the Spartans once again 2-0. Ken McBride and Carl Gentile scored goals for the Billikens.

1964 (3-1)
Nov. 21 - First Round
Michigan State 1, Maryland 0
MSU topped Maryland as Dan Dimitrious scored the only goal in snowy conditions.

Nov. 28 - Second Round
Michigan State 4, East Stroudsburg 0
The Spartans hosted the quarterfinals match against East Strousburg. Spartan goalie Charlie Dedich posted his eighth shutout of the season helping MSU win, 4-0, with two goals scored by Karl Thiele.

Dec. 3 - Semifinals
Michigan State 3, Army 2 (OT)
In their first trip to the NCAA College Cup, MSU triumphed in a sudden death, double overtime bout against Army, 3-2. Nigerian native, Sydney Alozie kicked the game-winning goal from 40 yards out.

Dec. 5 - National Championship
Navy 1, Michigan State 0
The Spartans reached the finals for the first time since the NCAA Tournament began in 1959. The defensive battle was a scoreless stalemate until Navy's Jim Lewis scored at 17:38 of the fourth quarter. It was only the eighth goal scored on the Spartans this season.

1965 (3-1)
Nov. 20 - First Round
Michigan State 7, Baltimore 0
Guy Busch scored twice and added two assists for the Spartans as they scored a school-NCAA Tournament record seven times in the opening round win. Gary McBrady added a goal and an assist for the Spartans.

Nov. 21 - Second Round
Michigan State 2, East Stroudsburg 1 (OT)
Larry Christoff scored both goals for Michigan State in the 2-1 win, including the second coming with 3:45 left in the sudden-victory period, but injured his knee crashing into the goalkeeper after the game-winning tally to keep him out of the College Cup.

Nov. 27 - Semifinals
Michigan State 3, Army 1
MSU All-American Guy Busch scored two goals in the Spartans' 3-1 victory against Army, sending MSU to their second national championship game in as many years. Rich Nelke also scored for the Spartans.

Nov. 28 - National Championship
St. Louis 1, Michigan State 0
The St. Louis soccer hex had not yet lifted as the Billikens beat the Spartans, 1-0, in the NCAA Championships. A controversial penalty shot led to a Carl Gentile goal at 9:17 of the third quarter.

1966 (2-0-1)
Nov. 19 - First Round
Michigan State 2, Akron 0
Tony Keyes keyed the Spartan attack in the first round victory, as he scored both Spartan goals in the win at Old College Field.

Dec. 2 - Second Round
Michigan State 3, Temple 1
Tom Kreft scored twice as Michigan State built up a 3-0 lead through the first three quarters to hang on for a 3-1 win. Tony Keyes also added a goal in the third quarter for MSU.

Dec. 3 - Semifinals
Michigan State 2, Long Island 2 (4 OT, CK)
MSU was eliminated by the rule book against Long Island. After four overtimes, the Spartans were declared the losers in a 2-2 draw due to a rule that states in the event of a tie after all the overtimes have been played, the team with the most corner kicks wins.

1967 (3-0-1)
Nov. 18 - First Round
Michigan State 4, Maryland 1
The school's 100th career victory was guaranteed by two second quarter goals coming within 28 seconds of one another, as Tom Kreft and Gary McBrady each dented the twine to lead to the win.

Nov. 25 - Second Round
Michigan State 3, Akron 1
Trevor Harris scored twice in the fourth quarter to lead Michigan State to a 3-1 victory over Akron. Harris broke the 1-1 tie with 14:53 left in the game, hooking a goal into the lower left corner of the net before adding the clincher with three minutes left.

Nov. 30 - Semifinals
Michigan State 4, Long Island 0
Playing without All-American Tony Keyes, who was busy having his appendix removed, the Spartans got great offensive efforts from Ernie Tuscherer (goal, assist), Gary McBrady (goal, assist) and a stalwart defensive performance from Joe Baum, who made 12 saves in goal.

Dec. 2 - National Championship
Michigan State 0, St. Louis 0
In a year where the Spartans reached its 100th victory and Guy Busch became the all-time leading scorer in MSU soccer history, the only thing left to do was win the NCAA Championship. A winner-takes-all game was played in St. Louis, but a heavy rain storm prohibited the completion of the game, as it was halted at the end of one half, each team being declared co-champions.

1968 (4-0-1)
Nov. 18 - First Round
Michigan State 5, North Carolina 0
Tony Keyes posted the only hat trick in MSU's NCAA Tournament history and Tom Kreft added a pair of scores as MSU routed North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Joe Baum stopped eight shots for the Spartans.

Nov. 23 - Second Round
Michigan State 1, Akron 0
After Akron had ended the Spartans' 33-game unbeaten streak earlier in the season, Michigan State exacted its revenge in the NCAA Tournament, thanks to a second-quarter goal from Tony Keyes. Joe Baum stopped six shots in the shutout.

Nov. 30 - Third Round
Michigan State 2, West Chester 2 (4 OT, CK)
Thanks to a 10-2 advantage in corner kicks, Michigan State earned its sixth trip to the College Cup. West Chester took a 2-0 lead in the first period, but MSU fought back, as Tony Keyes scored goals in the second and third periods to tie the game before it went through four scoreless overtimes.

Dec. 5 - Semifinals
Michigan State 2, Brown 0
Ernie Tuscherer scored Michigan State's game-winning goal 3:51 into the second half and Alex Skotarek added another five minutes later to lead the Spartans to the national championship game for the fourth time in five years. Joe Baum stopped eight shots in the win.

Dec. 7 - National Championship
Michigan State 2, Maryland 2 (2 OT)
MSU All-American Tony Keyes scored his 28th goal, still the school's single-season record, to tie the game, 1-1, but Maryland's Jaro Chareczko put the Terrapins up 2-1 in the final period. With 10 minutes remaining, MSU's Frank Morant scored his first goal of the season to knot it at 2. Neither team could score through the rest of the game, which included two overtimes, resulting in a second-straight co-championship.

1969 (0-1)
Nov. 22 - Second Round
Cleveland State 3, Michigan State 0
Three first-half Cleveland State goals ended Spartan coach Gene Kenney's career in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, as MSU fell, 3-0. MSU's top two scorers, All-American Trevor Harris and Ernie Tuchscherer watched the game due to injury.

2001 (1-1)
Nov. 23 - First Round
Michigan State 2, Butler 1
Butler took an early 1-0 lead in the 19th minute, but Michigan State made a triumphant return to the NCAA Tournament after a 32-year absence, as Craig Hearn tied the game before halftime and Steve Arce found Thomas Trivelloni in the 84th minute for the game-winning goal.

Nov. 25 - Second Round
Indiana 1, Michigan State 0
The Spartans were scoreless in their 1-0 loss to the Hoosiers, the team's third loss to the national finalist during the season. Indiana's Tyler Hawley scored the only goal on a penalty shot a little more than 10 minutes into the game. The game was very physical as both teams committed 39 fouls and four yellow cards.

2004 (0-1)
Nov. 19 - First Round
Tulsa 3, Michigan State 1
The Spartans captured their first Big Ten Championship and beat defending national champions Indiana for the first time since 1965, but the successful season was halted by Tulsa in a 3-1 loss. Jordan Gruber scored the only goal for the Spartans. Tulsa's Ryan Porte scored two goals.

2007 (0-1)
Nov. 24 - First Round
Oakland 2, Michigan State 1
Michigan State, hosting the first round matchup against instate rival Oakland, fell behind 2-0 in the first 46 minutes. The Spartans played the entire second half a man down after a questionable red card call. Doug DeMartin knocked in a penalty kick at 79:24 for MSU's lone tally.

2008 (0-1)
Nov. 25 - Second Round
UIC 0, Michigan State 0 (UIC advances in PKs, 3-2)
No. 4 overall seed Michigan State received a first-round bye and for the first time in school history and hosted UIC in its second straight NCAA appearance. After 110 minutes of scoreless play, Illinois-Chicago advanced to the third round, 3-2, on penalty kicks after the teams tied 0-0 in regulation and two overtime sessions.

2009 (0-1)
Nov. 22 - Second Round
Duke 2, Michigan State 1
The 14th-seeded Spartans received a first-round bye and hosted a second-round game for the second consecutive year. Duke scored twice in the first half before MSU's Rubin Bega narrowed the deficit to 2-1 in the 77th minute. MSU pressured the Blue Devils with a flurry of chances in the final 10 minutes, but couldn't get the tying goal.

2010 (2-1)
Nov. 18 - First Round
Michigan State 2, Oakland 0
Michigan State got a pair of goals from midfielder Domenic Barone and four saves from keeper Avery Steinlage to post a 2-0 victory over Oakland in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament at DeMartin Stadium.

Nov. 21 - Second Round
Michigan State 1, Butler 0
Senior midfielder Jeff Ricondo returned from a monthlong injury layoff and scored the dramatic game-winning goal in a 1-0 Michigan State victory over previously-unbeaten Butler in NCAA second -round action in Indianapolis.

Nov. 28 - Third Round
North Carolina 1, Michigan State 1, North Carolina advances on to penalty kicks
A goal from UNC's Enzo Martinez with less than 10 seconds left in regulation tied the game at one after nearly 64 minutes of scoreless action. Tied through two overtimes, the teams preceded to penalty kicks, where North Carolina prevailed, 5-4, on their final kick.

2012 (1-1)
Nov. 15 - First Round
Michigan State 2, Cleveland State 1
MSU jumped out to a 2-0 lead before the game was 20 minutes old and surrendered a goal to the visiting Vikings in the 87th minute for a 2-1 win in the first round. Adam Montague and Nick Wilson each had a goal and an assist, with the senior Wilson's marker standing as the game-winner. Zach Bennett made four saves, his second-highest total of the season, in his first career NCAA victory.

Nov. 17 - Second Round
Notre Dame 3, Michigan State 0
The top-ranked Irish scored twice in the first half and iced the game with a second-half marker in the 80th minute to advance into the round of 16. Freshman Zach Bennett made three saves on the afternoon.

2013 (2-1)
Nov. 24 - Second Round
Michigan State 1, Cleveland State 0
In the Spartans seventh double-overtime game of the season, Tim Kreutz sent in a game-winning header in the 107th minute to advance MSU to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. After a balanced afternoon of attacks for both squads, it was a possession off a free kick that ended the game. Off a Louisville foul at midfield, Kevin Cope lofted a free kick into the box, where Adam Montague flicked the ball up to Kreutz, who knocked it past the keeper inside the left post.

Dec. 1 - Third Round
Michigan State 1, Georgetown 0
Earning its program record-tying 13th shutout of the season, a goal in the 28th minute from Adam Montague off a ball played in by Jay Chapman gave the Spartan defense all they needed to hold off the Georgetown attack and punch their ticket to the NCAA Elite Eight.

Dec. 7 - Elite Eight
Notre Dame 2, Michigan State 1
After the Spartan defense cleared out a dangerous opportunity for the Irish, a loose ball from a corner kick was sent in by Evan Panken off a deflection put Notre Dame up 1-0 in the 32nd minute. The Irish applied pressure, scoring their second goal just three minutes into the second half. Though the Spartans came back with a header from Jay Chapman after a two-goal deficit, they were unable to obtain the equalizer as time expired in the second half.