Michigan State Back On Track After Blowout Of Davidson
Sept. 28, 2007
Davidson, N.C. - Fifth-ranked Michigan State got goals from five different players on Friday night as it recorded a 8-0 victory over Davidson. The Spartans improved to 10-2 with the victory, while the Wildcats fell to 6-4. MSU shutout its opponent for the fifth time this year, and for the third time in four games.
Jantine Steinmetz led the offensive attack for MSU with three goals, while Floor Ripjma and Jeamie Deacon both chipped in with a goal and an assist. "They played with a whole team concept," said Coach Rolf van de Kerkhof. "The drive and dedication they played with resulted in ball possession, creating opportunities, and scoring."
The Spartans came out swinging as they posted six goals in the first half. MSU scored its first goal just 5:22 into the game, as Jantine Steinmetz scored her team-leading 11th goal of the year on an assist from Jeamie Deacon. Just over four minutes later, senior Becky Manning joined in as she one-timed a pass from Floor Ripjma to put MSU up 2-0. Michigan State continued its rout from there, as it scored four more goals in the half, first from Gwen Riley (18:30), her sixth of the year. Jeamie Deacon posted her ninth goal of the year at 29:56 on an assist from Amy Schneider and Charlotte van der Laag, and Steinmetz put one in again at 29:56. Ripjma (35:00) added another as the first-half clock ran out.
The second half was much the same for the Spartans. Joelle van Ierland scored at 40:38, her second this year. Steinmetz continued her dominance and slapped in another goal to bring her season total to 13 and give her a team-leading 27 points.
"The only difference between playing well and playing great is the desire to compete and go all the way," said head coach Van de Kerkhof.
MSU travels to Winston-Salem, N.C. on Sunday, Sept. 30, to take on No. 4 Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons hold a 6-1 edge in the all-time series with Michigan State, with five of those victories by shutout. MSU earned its only win in the series in 2001, a 2-0 decision.
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