Sept. 11, 2009
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's soccer team (4-0-1) remained unbeaten on the season with a 2-0 shutout of Illinois State (1-3-1) this afternoon at DeMartin Stadium. Senior Lauren Hill posted both goals in the win to improve her team-leading total to seven.
"Credit to our team today," said MSU head coach Tom Saxton. "I think Illinois State and coach Drew Roff had very good tactics coming in. With the marking of Laura Heyboer and the low pressure they played on us, it made things tough."
The Spartan pressured the Redbirds, in the first meeting between the two schools, early in the contest. In the 14th minute, Lauren Sinacola set up Hill with a lead pass inside the penalty area but Illinois State goalkeeper Sasha Reiber came out to challenge Hill's shot and made the save.
The Spartans got the game's first goal in the 22nd minute when Jordan Mueller and Cara Freeman set up Lauren Hill for her sixth of the season. Freeman took a pass just past midfield and sent the ball into the penalty area where Hill collected the ball and beat Reiber from 10 yards out.
"Credit to Cara for just getting it down the line and beating three players before she got the pass off to me," Hill said. "Her hard work got us that goal."
Mueller nearly made it a 2-0 game when her shot from 30 yards out hit the crossbar and bounced high in the 33rd minute.
In the second half, Hill gave the Spartans some breathing room in the 63rd minute with her second goal of the game. Heyboer sent the ball from the left side to Hill, who got past the Redbird defense and beat Reiber with a shot to the lower right side.
"That was a very important goal because I think we were starting to get a little bit frustrated," said Saxton.
Spartan goalkeeper Jill Flietstra made two saves for her third shutout of the season. MSU has yet to allow a goal in four games at DeMartin Stadium this season, and extended its scoreless streak to 421:04 minutes, dating back to last season, on its home turf.
"Today was good, well-earned shutout for Jill and our team," Saxton said.
The Spartans will return to action on Tuesday (Sept. 15) when they host Detroit at 4 p.m.