Sept. 9, 2010
The Michigan State women's soccer team hosts DePaul in a Friday afternoon non-conference matchup. The teams kick off at 5 p.m. at DeMartin Stadium.
Spartan Sports Podcasts: Head Coach Tom Saxton | Jill Flietsra | Olivia Stander
Scouting the Spartans
Michigan State comes into Friday's match with a 3-2 overall record. MSU had a comanding win last Friday, a 4-0 shutout of the Eastern Michigan Eagles. On Sunday, the Spartans traveled to UW-Milwaukee and suffered a tough 3-2 loss to the Panthers, with a late second-half rally falling short after allowing the home team a 3-0 first-half lead.
Laura Heyboer and Olivia Stander dominate the scoring chart with three goals each. Megan Pines leads the team in assists with three, while Laura Heyboer trails behind with two. Jill Flietstra has three shutouts in her four starts, which ties her at number one in the Big Ten. She owns a 5.00 saves per game average and .806 save percentage.
A Look at the Blue Demons and the Ramblers
DePaul enters Friday's game with a 3-2-1 record. Lead scorers for the Blue Demons are Lauren Pagone and Callie Hemming with two goals apiece. With 28 saves in all six starts, Claire Hanold, is DePaul's top goalkeeper - she owns a 0.94 GAA and .824 save percentage.
Loyola Chicago will arrive in East Lansing on Sunday with a record of 1-5-1. Kristin Papierski heads the Ramblers' scoring with two goals, while Amelia Ambrose and Tessa Daniels each tally one assist. Katie Groesch is Loyola's top goalkeeper, with 18 saves and one shutout in six starts this season.
Climbing the Ladder
Junior Laura Heyboer continues to climb the all-time scoring charts. With her goal last Sunday at UW-Milwaukee, she currently sits in fourth place in career scoring with 80 points, and in fifth with 32 career goals. She also has 16 career assists, good enough to tie Lauren Hill and Leah Hutko for 11th on the all-time list.
With three shutouts this season, Jill Flietsra has moved into sixth place all-time with 11 in her career. She is also 10th in career victories (14).
Head Coach Tom Saxton needs seven wins to reach the 200-win plateau. He is in his 20th season as the head coach at Michigan State.
The Spartan Staff
Michigan State head coach Tom Saxton is in his 20th season at the helm of the women's soccer program. He entered the season with a 190-157-34 record, and is coming off back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2008 and 2009. He has Associate Head Coach Tammy Farnum back for her 14th season and assistant Stacy Heller for her seventh, both after four-year careers in Green and White.
Big Ten Pundits
Michigan State was picked fourth in the Big Ten preseason poll of Conference coaches. Penn State, Ohio State, and Wisconsin went into the top three spots in the poll, in that order; Purdue, Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Northwestern, and Iowa followed the Spartans in the poll.