Spartans Travel to Oakland
Michigan State plays its second and final non-conference game on the road on Wednesday evening, and prepares to tangle with Summit League entry Oakland at 7 p.m.
Michigan State is off to a 4-1 start on the season, getting back onto the winning side of the ledger on Sunday with a 2-1 victory over Akron. The Spartans started the season 3-0 before a 1-0 setback to Cal State-Fullerton.
Oakland was tabbed as the favorite in The Summit League Preseason Coaches Poll for the 11th time in school history, just edging South Dakota State. Oakland is currently 2-1-1 on the season, with a 3-2 win over Detroit in its last outing.
MSU leads the all-time series with the Golden Grizzlies by a 10-2-0 margin, which includes a 1-0 victory last year in East Lansing in which goalkeeper (and current volunteer assistant coach) Jill Flietstra tied the MSU school record for career shutouts (she graduated with the record of 29). Olivia Stander had the lone goal of the match for the Spartans.
Tom Saxton is in his 22nd season as the head coach of the Spartan women's soccer program. A life-long Spartan, Saxton earned three letters as a player before returning to campus in 1989 to assist legendary Spartan soccer coach Joe Baum with both the men's and the new women's program. Saxton was appointed the second head coach in the history of the women's program on June 1, 1991. In 21 seasons, Saxton's career record stands at 213-169-39.
Megan Marsack, who had a goal and an assist in her freshman season, has already surpassed her freshman year total in both goals (2) and points (4). Lisa Vogel did not have any points as a freshman, but had a goal and two assists vs. BG. Annie Steinlage scored her first collegiate tally against Fordham, while Chelsea Peterson recorded her first college score in the win over Loyola.
Six of MSU's eight non-conference games will be played at DeMartin Stadium, the home of Michigan State soccer. This is MSU's final non-Big Ten game away from home - the other was the season opener at Bowling Green.
Michigan State will next play Eastern Michigan at home on Sunday at 12 noon. The youth team Ann Arbor United, coached by former Spartan soccer player Sarah Stern, will be the special guests of the team and participate in the pre-game walkout.
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