Aug 25, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The heat was turned up for the Michigan State women's soccer game against Milwaukee at midday on Sunday in East Lansing. The Spartans, who improve to 2-0, won 5-2 against the Panthers thanks to an offensive ambush led by forwards Rachel Van Poppelen and Allyson Krause. Twenty-five Spartans saw action in today's game as MSU ended the game scoring on five of their nine shots on goal.
"It was a typical Sunday college soccer match after tough Friday games and both teams were tired," said MSU head coach Tom Saxton. "I thought Milwaukee was quite dangerous at the beginning. I thought we did a nice job of working hard and staying on our guys. We were opportunistic today with our chances."
The Spartans took an early lead in the 10th minute when Lisa Vogel served the ball across the goal for consecutive headers by Erica Goodenough and into the net by redshirt sophomore Rachel Van Poppelen.
Junior Megan Marsack took two strong runs at the goal later during the first half, the first shot coming off the post and the second saved by Milwaukee's Paige Lincicum.
Michigan State's second goal came at 10 minutes before the end of the first half when a shot by sophomore Allyson Krause rebounded off Milwaukee's keeper and another defender into its own goal.
The Spartans kept up the pace, beginning the second half with strong offensive movement by Krause and Van Poppelen, both assisting redshirt freshman Jessica White to her second goal of the season in the 53rd minute of play. Michigan State followed up with another goal three minutes later by freshman Marisa Oleksiak.
Krause and Van Poppelen continued the barrage when Van Poppelen assisted Krause on her first goal of the season, 15 minutes into the second half, sending the ball right over the keeper's head.
"Rachel Van Popplen stands out today for some of the plays that she made," said Saxton. "It got a little weird in the second half. It's not every day you get a 5-0 lead, so we tried to give everybody a chance to play but we do have a lot of freshman rookies out there and they made rookie mistakes, but you have to earn the jersey and step up. I think we were inconsistent in that area."
Milwaukee's two goals came in from Maria Stephans off a penalty kick in the 28th minute of the second half and 10 minutes before the end of play from Taylor Swittel, assisted by Callie O'Donnell. Aside from allowing two goals, MSU goalkeeper Courtney Clem recorded five saves on the day.
"One of our themes right now is just to get a little better each game," noted Saxton. "We're getting younger by the moment with the injuries that are cropping up. We've just got to learn and make steps forward. I think we did well with some of the attacking play and the passing patterns. I think we're a young team and have got to learn to be more physical. We've got an incredibly challenging opponent coming in on Friday so we better get going fast.I think our communication was much improved for 75 percent of the match and we can certainly build on that."
The Spartans continue the season Aug. 30 at 5 p.m. pitted against San Diego State at DeMartin Stadium in East Lansing.