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  • Le Rouge Review: Looking back on the NCAA season

    With the NCAA men’s soccer season finally coming to a close in the coming weeks, it’s time to look back and check in on how DCFC players fared over the course of the season.

    Michigan State was the last team standing with DCFC ties — Ben Pirmann and Kylie Stannard are assistant coaches — but the Spartans were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament on Dec. 6 with a 3-2 loss to Providence in the Elite Eight. Michigan State stood as the team with DCFC ties that enjoyed the greatest success in 2014, compiling an overall record of 12-5-6.

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    As far as the rest of the teams go with Detroit City FC ties, the subsequent list provides insight into each school’s performance with individual statistics and achievements for Le Rouge players.

    Butler: Jeff Adkins finished the season as one of the Bulldogs top scorers in 2014. He netted five goals and added three assists in his sophomore season as Butler finished the year with a 6-7-5 record.

    Coastal Carolina: In Bret Mollon’s second season as the assistant coach and goalkeepers coach with the Chanticleers, the team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to Clemson. As champions of the Big South Tournament, Coastal Carolina enjoyed a stellar season, posting an overall record of 16-6-1.

    Detroit: The Titans finished the season with a 9-7-4 mark, as Matt Ybarra and Cameron Roberts played large roles in a respectable season. Ybarra ranked second on the team in scoring with two goals and six assists, starting all 20 games in 2014. Meanwhile, Roberts started 16 matches and recorded one assist while providing a steady presence in the midfield.

    Michigan: Four DCFC players call Ann Arbor home, and each played a pivotal role in the Wolverines up-and down season. Michigan finished the season with a 6-9-3 record to overcome a slow start to the season.

    Colin McAtee enjoyed a breakout season, scoring more than twice as many points as the next Wolverine player with eight goals and two assists. William Mellors-Blair, a recent transfer from Georgia State, added three goals and two assists in his first season at Michigan.

    Tyler Arnone and Nick Lewin round out the rest of the Le Rouge players. Arnone recorded one goal and three assists in 16 starts, and Lewin provided consistent play on the back line, starting in all 18 matches.

    Saginaw Valley State: Aleksander Isaevski led the Cardinals with nine assists this season, tacking on two goals along the way to help guide SVSU to a 14-5-2 record. Craig Neal played a critical role, too, scoring nine goals and recording seven assists for a team-high 25 points. Zach Vasold and Michael Lamb both made significant contributions. Vasold’s four points in 20 games played wasn’t close to indicative of his consistency that helped anchor the midfield. Lamb pitched in with one goal in nine appearances.

    The Cardinals enjoyed great success in the GLIAC this season before a magical run ended in the Round of 16 of the Division-II Tournament.

    Oakland: This season was one to remember for the Grizzles as they captured their first Horizon League regular-season title since 2012 and their first NCAA Tournament berth in four years.

    Accumulating a 10-7-3 record, Oakland rebounded nicely from a shaky start to the 2014 campaign. Each DCFC player on the roster — Joey Tinnion, Shawn Lawson and Raphael Reynolds — ranked among the team’s top eight in scoring this year.

    Tinnion and Lawson each netted four goals and one assist, while Reynolds added a goal and an assist to the stat sheet. All three players played in every game this season.

    Western Michigan: The Broncos finished their season with an 8-7-4 record. In their final match, they nearly pulled off an upset at Akron in the MAC Tournament, but couldn’t quite hold on.

    Connor Furgason finished the season ranked second among the team in scoring with four goals and two assists in 16 starts. Sean Hazen started all 19 games on his way to recording two assists.

  • Le Rouge Review: Michigan State continues rolling, Coastal Carolina falters

    Michigan State: The Spartans (12-4-5) kept their NCAA Tournament title hopes alive — just barely — with a shootout victory against Washington on Sunday. Michigan State was on the ropes, trailing 2-0 heading into the 75th minute, but two late goals in 12 minutes helped force extra time with a 2-2 scoreline. Following a scoreless battle in both extra time sessions, the Spartans ultimately defeated the Huskies 4-3 on penalties.

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    Ben Pirmann and Kylie Stannard will look ahead to a matchup against Providence at noon on Dec. 6. The game will be played in East Lansing.

    Coastal Carolina: In Bret Mollon’s second year as the goalkeeping coach for the Chanticleers, they enjoyed another successful run in the NCAA Tournament. Coastal Carolina advanced to the second round where it dropped a 2-1 result against Clemson. The Chanticleers trailed 2-0 in the 60th minute before netting a goal one minute later to half the deficit. Despite a furious comeback attempt, Coastal Carolina’s season came to a conclusion in Monday’s 2-1 loss. It finishes the year with a 16-6-1 record.

  • Le Rouge Review: Michigan State, Coastal Carolina extend playoff hopes

    Michigan State: The Spartans, led by Kylie Stannard and Ben Pirmann, edged out Oakland in a 1-0 result in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday. With the win, Michigan State (12-4-5) moves on to play Washington in the quarterfinals on Nov. 30 at 1 p.m.

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    Saginaw Valley State: A 3-0 loss in the NCAA Division-II Tournament on Friday was enough to end the Cardinals’ season in the Round of 16. Michael Lamb, Craig Neal and Zach Vasold all earned a spot in the starting 11. Aleksander Isaevski, typically a critical piece of SVSU’s back line, was not in the lineup. The Cardinals finish their season with a 14-5-2 record.

    Oakland: The Grizzlies earned a 2-0 win at Kentucky in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday. Joey Tinnion, Raphael Reynolds and Shawn Lawson all made the start in the victory. In the second round of the tournament, the Grizzlies couldn’t get past Michigan State (see above), falling 1-0. Tinnion and Lawson combined for three shots on goal in the loss. Oakland caps the season with an overall record of 10-7-3.

    Coastal Carolina: Bret Mollon’s Chanticleers continue to roll along this season. In the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Coastal Carolina earned a 1-0 victory over Florida Gulf Coast on Thursday. Now, the focus turns toward Clemson as the Chanticleers take on the Tigers at 6 p.m. on Nov. 24.

  • Le Rouge Review: Edition Eleven

    Michigan State: Kylie Stannard and Ben Pirmann helped lead the Spartans to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals, but Michigan State played to a 0-0 draw before losing 3-2 in penalty kicks to Maryland on Friday. Despite the loss, the Spartans (4-2-2 Big Ten, 11-4-5 overall) pieced together a superb season and earned the third overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.

    They’ll play their first game on Nov. 23 against the winner of the Oakland/Kentucky matchup. The Spartans will kick off at 1 p.m. in East Lansing, Mich.

    _DSC4737-26 (1)Saginaw Valley State: The Cardinals began their quest for a D-II championship on Nov. 16 in a tilt against Northwood University. Craig Neal netted two goals, and Aleksander Isaevski had two assists in Saginaw Valley State’s 5-2 victory. Michael Lamb also added a goal to the stat sheet in the 58th minute.

    All three DCFC players made the start for the Cardinals, while Zach Vasold was listed as a substitute for the match. Looking ahead, SVSU (9-3-2 GLIAC, 14-4-2) will play in the Round of 16 against Quincy on Nov. 21. The start time has yet to be determined.

    Western Michigan: The Broncos season ended on Nov. 14 after their upset bid fell just short in a 2-1 loss to Akron. Leading in the 70th minute, Western Michigan seemed poised for a well-earned victory, but the Zips were awarded two penalty kicks within five minutes of each other and they converted both. Sean Hazen made the start on the back line, and Connor Furgason was listed as a substitute for the match. The Broncos finish the season with a respectable 8-7-4 record.

    Oakland: The Grizzlies had one memorable weekend in which they captured the Horizon League Tournament championship with a pair of 2-1 wins. On Thursday, Oakland edged out a double-overtime victory against Cleveland State before beating Wright State in the tournament final on Saturday. Joey Tinnion, Raphael Reynolds and Shawn Lawson started both games for the Grizzlies. Tinnion netted the first goal of Saturday’s match in the fifth minute, and Chase Jabbori later entered as a substitute in the second half.

    With the conference title in hand, Oakland (5-0-3 Horizon, 9-6-3) earned its first NCAA Tournament birth since 2010. The Grizzlies will play at Kentucky on Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. for a chance to face off against Michigan State in the second round on Nov. 23.

    Detroit: The Titans lost to Wright State on Thursday, 2-0, in the Horizon League semifinals. Matt Ybarra led the team with two shots on goal, and Cameron Roberts earned a spot in the starting 11. Detroit finishes the year with a 6-2 conference record and an overall mark of 9-7-4.

    Coastal Carolina: Bret Mollon and the rest of the Chanticleers (7-1-1 Big South, 15-5-1) coaching staff enjoyed a great string of success in this weekend’s Big South Tournament. Coastal Carolina beat Longwood and High Point by scores of 2-1 and 4-1, respectively, to advance to the championship match. Against Radford, the Chanticleers eked out a 1-0 victory on Sunday. With the win, Coastal Carolina earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament and will host Florida Gulf Coast in a first-round matchup on Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. The winner of that game will advance to play Clemson on Nov. 23 at a time that has yet to be determined.

  • Le Rouge Review: Edition Ten

    Michigan State: Kylie Stannard and Ben Pirmann’s Spartans beat Indiana in their regular-season finale on Wednesday. The Big Ten Tournament kicked off this weekend, and Michigan State eked out a 1-0 win over Penn State to advance to the semifinals. That match will be played at 3:40 p.m. on Nov. 14 against Maryland. If the Spartans (4-2-2 Big Ten, 11-4-4 overall) win, the championship game is set for Nov. 16 at a time that has yet to be determined.

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    Michigan: The Wolverines (3-3-2 Big Ten, 6-9-3) played their archrival, Ohio State, on Wednesday and Sunday this week. Both times — first in the regular-season finale and in the Big Ten Quarterfinals — Michigan lost. Colin McAtee, William Mellors-Blair and Tyler Arnone combined for seven shots in the 1-0, quarterfinal loss. Nick Lewin made the start in both Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat as well as Sunday’s disappointing result. After being knocked out of the Big Ten Tournament, the Wolverines’ season is likely over.

    Saginaw Valley State: After beating Tiffin 2-1 in the GLIAC semifinals on Friday, the Cardinals (9-3-2 GLIAC, 13-4-2) dropped a 1-0 decision to Northwood in Sunday’s championship match. Aleksander Isaevski recorded assists on both SVSU goals in Friday’s victory. Michael Lamb, Zach Vasold and Craig Neal all played hefty minutes over the weekend. The Cardinals’ will find out tonight at 7:30 p.m. if their season will continue into the 35-team NCAA Division II men’s soccer tournament.

    Butler: In order to qualify for the Big East Tournament, the Bulldogs (2-5-2 Big East, 6-7-5) needed a win at No. 14 Xavier on Friday. Butler hung in for all of 27 minutes, but ultimately lost 2-0. Jeff Adkins had one shot in the defeat, but finished the season as one of the team’s top scorers with 13 points (5g, 3a).

    Western Michigan: On Saturday, the Broncos finished their regular season schedule with a 2-1 loss to West Virginia. Connor Furgason was not in the starting 11, but Sean Hazen made the start on the back line. Western Michigan (2-1-1 MAC, 8-6-4) will prepare for the Mid-American Conference Tournament that is set to begin on Nov. 14. The game time and opponent have yet to be determined.

    Oakland: The Grizzlies clinched the Horizon League, regular-season title after playing to a 2-2 draw against Valparaiso on Friday. Shawn Lawson scored Oakland’s second goal of the match, and Joey Tinnion and Raphael Reynolds added a shot each to the stat sheet. The Grizzlies (5-0-3 Horizon, 7-6-3 overall) will host and play in the semifinals of the Horizon League Tournament on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. Their opponent has yet to be determined.

    Detroit: Matt Ybarra recorded five shots in the Titans’ 2-0 loss to Milwaukee on Friday. Cameron Roberts also earned a spot in the starting 11. Detroit (6-2 Horizon, 9-6-4) still earned a spot in the Horizon League Tournament that is set to begin on Nov. 13. Its opponent and the kick off time have yet to be determined.

    Coastal Carolina: Bret Mollon’s Chanticleers capped off their regular-season schedule with a 7-0 drubbing against Longwood on Saturday. Three days earlier, Coastal Carolina earned a 1-1 draw against High Point. Looking ahead, the Chanticleers (6-1-1 Big South, 12-5-1) will play Longwood on Nov. 11 in the quarterfinals of the Big South Tournament. If they win, the semifinals are slated for Nov. 14 and the championship game will be played on Nov. 16. All match times have yet to be determined.

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