Mito played a practice match today against Ryutsu Keizai University, winning the match 2-1. Goals were scored by Kohei Nishino and Keisuke Endo, as Mito fielded its A, B, and C teams in 3 30-minute periods.
Ryutsu Keizai is not only one of the top schools for Economics in Japan, but is also known for its very strong soccer team. It is currently the only university team to play national club soccer, playing in the JFL, the division below J2, and thus the 3rd strongest team in Ibaraki. It could be argued that the skill level between RKU and Mito is narrower than the gap between Mito and Kashima, as ironically a large university has more financial capital to develop its soccer program than the smaller teams of J2.