EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State women’s soccer will play the first of its two exhibition matches to open the 2017 preseason on Thursday, Aug. 10 at 4 p.m. against Toledo. Thursday’s match will be played at MSU’s practice field, located west of DeMartin Stadium and fans are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets.
MSU head coach Tom Saxton will be kicking off his 26th season at the helm of the Spartan program, as Michigan State returns nine starters from last season.
Leading the returners is senior forward Jamie Cheslik, who led the Spartans in three different scoring categories with five goals and four assists for 14 points. Cheslik headlines the six of MSU’s seven scoring leaders from a year ago, as sophomore midfielder Hannah Jones was tied for second on the team with four goals and added one assist for nine points, ranking third on the squad.
Senior defender Madison Duncan anchors the Spartans’ backline which posted four shutouts last season. Senior goalkeeper Savanna Wojtanowski split time in net last season, making 7.56 saves per game while posting a 1.61 goals against average.
Thursday will also be the first action in the Green & White for nine Spartan freshmen: Athena Biondi (Trafford, Penn./Penn Trafford), Madison Clem (Okemos, Mich./Williamston), Sofanit Fisher (White Lake, Mich./Walled Lake Northern), Michelle Herring (Freeland, Mich./Freeland), Devin Jaqua (Kalamazoo, Mich./Portage Central), Gabriala Jodzis (Macomb, Mich./Eisenhower), Danielle Stephan (DeWitt, Mich./DeWitt), Alexandra Thomas (Dryden, Mich./Lapeer) and Olivia Trombley (St.Johns, Mich./St.Johns).
Following Thursday’s exhibition, MSU heads to Mount Pleasant, Michigan to take on Central Michigan on Saturday, Aug. 12 at 1 p.m.
Michigan State kicks off 2017 regular-season action with a three-match homestand, opening against Niagara on Friday, Aug. 18 at 3 p.m. Following the season-opener, MSU will meet a Pac-12 school for the second year in a row when Washington visits East Lansing on Sunday, Aug. 20 at 1 p.m.
Michigan State will put the newly-installed lights at DeMartin Stadium to use for the first time on Thursday, Aug. 24 when the Spartans host Butler at 7 p.m.