No. 8 Spartans blank Central Michigan, 2-0
Oct. 11, 2009
EAST LANSING, Mich.- Michigan State used goals from senior Floor Rijpma (Bunnik, Netherlands) and sophomore Chantae Miller (East Amherst, N.Y.) and a six save shutout effort from senior Elissa Unger (Reading, Pa.) to defeat the Central Michigan Chippewas 2-0 Sunday afternoon at Ralph Young Field.
"In the end our players took care of business and I'd like to complement them on that," said head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof. "Looking back it was an excellent weekend with us going 2-0."
The Spartans started out the first half strong when Rijpma took a rebound and slammed it into back of the cage less than four minutes into the game to give the Green and White an early 1-0 lead. The Spartans had several chances to push their lead to two but shots from Manouk Vernij (Bleiswijk, Netherlands), Jeamie Deacon (Wexford, Ireland) and Jantine Steinmetz (Amstelveen, Netherlands) all found the post and stayed out keeping the Spartans lead at one heading into the half.
Michigan State started the second half strong when Miller found a rebound in front and slammed it into the back of the cage pushing the Spartan lead to two. For the remainder of the half the Spartans played lockdown defense in front of Unger limiting the Chippewas to a mere four shots.
The Spartans, who improved their record to 11-3, return to action next Friday when they travel to Iowa City for a 3 p.m. matchup with Big Ten rival Iowa.
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