Oct. 18, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan State women’s soccer team picked up its second Big Ten win of the season Friday afternoon. The Spartans beat the Purdue Boilermakers 4-0, bringing their record to 8-5-2 on the season and 2-5-0 in the Big Ten. Head coach Tom Saxton was pleased to see the return of the collective effort the team has been focusing on all year.
“We’ve been emphasizing that all season and what we’d been doing for the first half of the season,” said Saxton. “It was always collective. We’ve always had the goals spread around and we got that back today.”
Michigan State took an early lead in the first minute of play. Kirsten Evans helped Megan Marsack break away from the pack and setup Paige Wester for a goal right down the middle of the net. It was Wester’s first goal of the season and it makes her the 13th player to have at least one goal on the season. Evans and Marsack both earned their third assist of the season.
“The emphasis all week was a go-to-goal mentality and getting more shots on goal, which has been our Achilles’ heel for the last four games,” Saxton said. “When we scored right out of the gate, I thought that really gave us some good momentum. We kept pressure on them. They’re not a bad team at all; that’s a great win for us. The offense was there.”
Mary Kathryn Fiebernitz posted the second goal for the Spartans off a penalty kick in the 22nd minute of play. It was Fiebernitz sixth goal of the season.
MSU entered the half 2-0, leading the Boilermakers in shots with nine and shots on goal with four. Purdue ended the first half with eight shots and two shots on goal.
Michigan State posted a third goal in the second half in 78th minute of play. Rachel Van Poppelen and Megan Marsack picked up assists on a goal from Marisa Oleksiak. It was her second goal of the season. It makes her the sixth Spartan to have more than one goal on the season.
Allyson Krause picked up a late goal for the Spartans from Van Poppelen. She fired it up into the left corner of the net in the final two minutes of regulation.
MSU is now 5-0-0 when leading at the half and 5-2-2 when playing at DeMartin Stadium. With the win, the Spartans now own a 2-5-0 record in the Big Ten. Purdue falls to 3-4-0 in the conference and 8-6-0 on the season.
The Spartans ended the day with 14 shots and seven shots on goal. Gabrielle Gauruder had a solid game in net, posting five saves on the day. This was her first shutout of the season, the Spartans fourth. Despite a slow conference start, Saxton realizes the importance of this victory moving forward.
“I think that after a tough stretch, we need to let them enjoy tonight and the win,” said Saxton. “It’s nice to see them smiling. We can get right back in the race for the postseason if we can get right back out Sunday and play a good match.”
The Spartans next play Indiana on Sunday, Oct. 20 for Alumni Day at noon. MSU recognizes its former players with a double header. The men’s soccer game will immediately follow the women’s game.