Deacon, Rijpma Lead Spartans to Convincing Victory
Sept. 23, 2007
East Lansing, Mich. - Sixth-ranked Michigan State got goals from six different players as it posted a 6-0 victory over visiting New Hampshire on Sunday afternoon on Ralph Young Field. The Spartans improve to 9-1 with the victory, their second consecutive shutout and fourth of the season. New Hampshire falls to 6-4 with the loss.
"Unlike yesterday, where we started the game a little tentative, I think we had a really good start to the game," noted head coach Van de Kerkhof. "We were able to get a lot of our players into the game today, and that is always good. It was a good home weekend for us."
The Spartans put four goals on the board in the first half. The team opened the scoring just 11:26 into the contest, as freshman Jantine Steinmetz potted her team-leading ninth goal of the season. Less than five minutes later, Michelle Ciliberti redirected a Deacon blast for her third of the season. MSU put two on the board in the final three minutes of the frame, the first from Rijpma at 32:23. Charlotte van der Laag posted her second goal of the season at 34:52 to send the Spartans into the intermission with the four goal lead.
Deacon, after a pair of assists in the opening frame, got one on the board herself when she converted a penalty shot at 45:34. Becky Manning capped the scoring at 57:22, off a feed from Rijpma.
Manning and Steinmetz now share the team lead in scoring with nine goals, while Jeamie Deacon's seven-point (2g, 3a) weekend has her atop the team scoring charts with eight goals and seven assists on the year.
The Spartans have a busy week ahead, traveling for all three contests. MSU will face off with Central Michigan in Mount Pleasant on Wednesday in a midweek tilt before a weekend trip to North Carolina. The Spartans will take on Davidson on Friday (6:30 p.m.) before a showdown with fifth-ranked Wake Forest on Sunday afternoon.
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