Nov. 4, 1997
Spartans Travel to Minneapolis for Big Ten Championship
THIS WEEK: After closing out the regular season in strong fashion, posting wins in six of its last eight games, the Michigan State women's soccer team gears up for the fourth annual Big Ten Soccer Championship this weekend (Nov. 7 9). The tournament will be hosted by the University of Minnesota with games being held at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minnesota. The Spartans enter the tourney seeded No. 8 and will battle regular-season champion Minnesota this Friday starting at noon (EST). The winner of the MSU-Minnesota game will advance to the semifinals and clash with the winner of the Northwestern (No. 4 seed)-Indiana (No. 5 seed) match on Saturday starting at 1:00 p.m. (EST).
THE RECORDS: Michigan State finished the regular season with an overall mark of 9-9-1 including a 3-5 ledger in the Big Ten. Last week, the Green and White booters claimed two wins in three contests in the state of Ohio, defeating Bowling Green, 2-1, (Oct. 29), losing to Cincinnati in overtime, 2-1 (Oct. 31), and topping Wright State, 3-0 (Nov. 2). Minnesota, ranked No. 10 nationally in last week's NSCAA/Umbro Poll, will host the Spartans with a glittering 16-2-1 overall effort which included a perfect 9-0 showing in the Big Ten.
THE SERIES: Minnesota holds a 5-0-1 all-time mark against Michigan State. Earlier this season (Oct. 5), the Gophers defeated the Spartans, 4-0, at Minneapolis.
MSU NOTES: Sophomore Jessica Moorman (Hudson, OH), who missed five straight games with an ankle injury, returned in the Bowling Green State game before scoring the team's lone goal vs. UC and picking up a marker and an assist in the victory over Wright State ... After going three games without a goal, freshman Gina Dawson (Bloomfield Hills) picked up her team-leading seventh marker of the year in the Wright State contest ... Sophomore Laura Monticello (Troy) was credited with the deciding tally in the victory over Wright State, her fifth GWG of the year ... Freshman goalkeeper Sara Kloosterman (Farmington) has a fine goals-against average of 1.21 over the last eight games which includes a pair of shutouts.
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