Sept. 2, 1997

Women's Soccer Goes on the Road

THIS WEEK: After dropping its opening two games of the 1997 season, the Michigan State women's soccer team ventures to Provo, Utah, to participate in the Brigham Young Soccer Classic. The Spartan booters will tangle with BYU on Thursday evening before closing out the tournament against Tulsa.

THE RECORDS: Michigan State stands 0-2 after coming out on the short end of a 1-0 decision at home to Western Michigan last Friday (Aug. 29) before dropping a 6-0 verdict to No. 2-ranked Notre Dame on Sunday. Brigham Young will entertain Michigan State with a 2-0 mark after capturing the Reebok Invitational last weekend, topping Cal State Fullerton, 3-2, and San Diego, 3-0. A year ago, BUY finished with an overall mark of 22-1 and was ranked No. 3 in the West Region. Tulsa takes a 1-1 record into its opening-round game vs. BYU (Sept. 5) following a 4-0 win over Southwest Missouri State (Aug. 31) and a 1-0 setback to Arizona (Sept. 1). Last year, Tulsa finished with an overall slate of 11-6-3 while earning a No. 8 ranking in the Central Region.

THE SERIES: MSU has never played Brigham Young or Tulsa in women's soccer.

FRESHMEN GET CHANCE TO CONTRIBUTE: A pair of true freshmen, goalkeeper Sara Kloosterman (Farmington) and Gina Dawson (Bloomfield Hills) both drew starting assignments in MSU's first two games. Kloosterman, the state of Michigan's Miss Soccer award winner in 1997, played a little over 16 minutes in the Western Michigan game, before leaving with an injury, and came up with one save. She returned to start against Notre Dame and recorded 17 saves. Dawson registered a pair of shots against WMU. Melanie Siler (Eden Prairie, MN), another true freshman, came off the bench in both contests while rookie Kim Van Cleef (Detroit) saw action against the Fighting Irish.

ONE-GOAL DECISIONS HAUNT SPARTANS: One-goal contests have not been kind to the MSU women's soccer team and last Friday's 1-0 setback to WMU marked the 10th consecutive loss for the Spartans in games that have been decided by one goal. Last year, MSU was 0-8 in such decisions.