Aug 23, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's soccer team officially kicked off the 2013 regular season by defeating Buffalo, 2-0, on Friday evening at DeMartin Stadium. A collective effort from the Spartans proved too much for the Bulls with goals from junior Lisa Vogel and redshirt freshman Jessica White, with redshirt junior Courtney Clem recorded her first shutout of the season.
"We took a step up and that's what we need to do each and every game, just try to get a little bit better," said head coach Tom Saxton. "I think the biggest thing is that we grew a lot over the week since the exhibition against Central (Michigan). I think the other thing is we said we were going to run this team by committee. We used a ton of players and I thought everybody made an impact and was great on the sidelines, so it was a true team win."
The Spartans set the pace right out of the gate and continued throughout the first half, putting pressure on the Bulls with 10 shots to Buffalo's zero. Sophomore Allyson Krause made several runs and junior Nicole Caruso led the attacking play that set up several opportunities for the Spartans.
MSU kept the pressure mounting in the second half, keeping Buffalo's defense at work. A Michigan State foul took away a goal from Krause early in the second half, but the Spartans continued to press; Vogel put the Spartans on the board with a free kick from 18-yards out in the 53rd minute.
"I think Lisa Vogel had a great game and scored a great goal," Saxton said. "It was one of those games, soccer can be like that, where we were controlling the play but we couldn't get anything going on the offensive end. It's one of those things where if you can just break the seal on the goal, good things will happen and Lisa did that for us. Then we played well down the stretch."
The Spartans added another goal in the 85th minute as sophomore Alexandra Gjonaj assisted White with a shot into the back right corner of the net. In total, 18 field players saw action in tonight's season opener.
Recording only one save on the day, Clem earned her first shutout of the season in goal.
Michigan State will continue its home-opening weekend against the Milwaukee Panthers on Sunday, Aug. 25. The game will be held at DeMartin Stadium at 1 p.m. Live scoring of the match can be found on msuspartans.com.