Michigan State hosts Eastern Michigan at DeMartin Stadium in the first of three straight home games for the Spartans. The teams kick off at noon. The youth team Ann Arbor United, coached by former Spartan soccer player Sarah Stern, will be the special guest of the team and participate in the pre-game walkout.
Eastern Michigan comes into the game as the winner of its last two contests, including a 2-0 win over IUPUI at home Friday afternoon. The Eagles are led by Angela Vultaggio offensively, who has three goals and four assists. She assisted on both tallies on Friday against IUPUI. Bianca Rossi shares the team lead with three goals, and has two assists for eight points; Cara Cutia checks in with two goals and three assists to round out the top three.
In net, Jenna O'Dell is coming off a shutout victory over IUPUI, and owns a 1.29 GAA and .843 save percentage as the keeper of record in each game this season.
Michigan State is off to a 4-1-1 start on the season, and are 1-0-1 in its last two games. MSU most recently played to a scoreless draw at Oakland on Wednesday evening. Michigan State dominated the scoresheet, but could not get a goal past Oakland keeper Shannon Coley. The Spartans held a 20-8 edge in shots, 7-2 lead in shots on goal. And 4-0 lead in corner kicks. MSU also held an 11-5 edge in fouls. Courtney Clem got her second shutout of the season, and first since the season opener. Clem owns a 0.64GAA and .810 save percentage.
Through games of Friday, Sept. 7, the Spartans own the fourth-best team GAA in the Big Ten, boasting a 0.64 in six games (four goals allowed). Iowa sits atop the conference with a 0.43, followed by Ohio State (0.49), and Michigan (0.56).
Olivia Stander is tied for first in the Big Ten in assists (4), with both Lisa Vogel and Jordan Mueller checking in with three each, tied for ninth. Stander is second in the league in assists per game (0.67).
Courtney Clem ranks fourth in the Conference with her 0.64 GAA, and her .810 save percentage is sixth.
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.
Tammy (Anderson) Farnum was a standout defender at MSU (1989-92) and is now in her 16th season on the staff. Stacy Heller was a standout keeper for MSU (2000-03) and was a two-time All-Big Ten pick. Jill Flietstra graduated in 2012 and joins the staff in her first post-graduate coaching position.
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 Western Michigan at home on Wednesday in a 5 p.m. kickoff.