Michigan State Men’s and Women’s Soccer releases fixtures for 2021



Men’s team

Michigan State Men’s Soccer Team returns to DeMartin Stadium next Wednesday, August 11th to kick off the 2021 fall season. The team comes from a delayed and shortened spring season in which it went 4-7 in a Big Ten season.

The Spartans open a home game in a home game against Schoolcraft, followed by a street game at the Butler on August 13, and a final home game against Purdue Fort Wayne on August 21. The regular season begins with four homestand games, starting with Cleveland State on August 26th, Akron on August 30th, Oakland on September 3rd and ending with Bowling Green on September 6th.

The Spartans will then be put to the test in the street games in Tulsa on September 10 and in Notre Dame on September 14 before the conference season opener in Wisconsin on September 17 in East Lansing on September 21 and a street game in Western Michigan on October 13 between the conference games.

After the Duquesne game, MSU has a two-game home game against Indiana (September 26) and Penn State (October 1) before taking on Michigan (October 5) and Rutgers (October 10). The final home games of the regular season will take place before the regular season finale in Northwestern (October 31) against Ohio State (October 17) and Maryland (October 22).

In total, the Spartans will face four teams that made it to the NCAA tournament last season, including Bowling Green, Indiana, Maryland and Penn State. The Hoosiers reached the College Cup final before falling against national champion Marshall.

Women’s team

The Michigan State Spartans women’s soccer team is back in action this Friday, August 13th, after a disappointing 1-10-1 delay and curtailed spring season in which longtime head coach Tom Saxton announced his retirement after the end of the year. The new head coach Jeff Hosler will be in his first season with the Spartans.

MSU opens on Friday August 13th with an exhibition game against Toledo at DeMartin Stadium in East Lansing. Regular season game begins the following week with a home game for two games against Detroit (August 19) and Eastern Michigan (August 22). before setting off to conquer Central Michigan (August 26th).

Non-conference home games end with Bowling Green (September 2nd) and the remaining non-conference games end with a two-game street course in Oakland (September 9th) and Dayton (September 12th).

The conference season begins on the Indiana road (September 19) with a home stand of two games against Wisconsin (September 23) and Minnesota (September 26). The Spartans take a road trip west after the Gophers to compete in Nebraska (September 30) and Iowa (October 3).

October ends the regular season with a busy series of games as the Buckeyes visit East Lansing on October 10th before taking on the Wolverines in Ann Arbor on October 14th. 17 in Rutgers before a two-game home stand concludes the regular season with games against Maryland (Oct. 21) and Penn State (Oct. 24).

The new new head coach, Jeff Hosler, was an exciting replacement announced earlier this summer by Athletic Director Bill Beekman who made a splash after an incredible run in the Grand Valley that included the highest win percentage of any NCAA football coach and also won three national titles will. However, he‘s on a tough schedule in his inaugural Division I season as the Spartans face five teams that made it through to the NCAA tournament last season. Four of these teams are Big Ten squads, including Iowa, Ohio State, Penn State, and Rutgers.


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