Women's Soccer Opens Conference Play At Home Thursday
The Spartans host Indiana and Purdue at DeMartin Stadium this weekend.
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
The Michigan State women's soccer team begins Big Ten play this week with a pair of teams from Indiana. Michigan State hosts Indiana at 7 p.m. at DeMartin Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 14 in the first conference game of the year before hosting Purdue on Sept. 17 at 1 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
In their last match, the Spartans fell to No. 17 Wake Forest, 4-1, on Sept. 7 at DeMartin Stadium. Freshman midfielder Danielle Stephan scored her first career goal to get the Spartans on the board.
Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Reilley Ott played in 10 minutes of the match before redshirt senior goalkeeper Savanna Wojtanowski came in for the remaining 80.
Michigan State finished non-conference play with a record of 4-3-0, earning victories against Niagara, Samford, Bowling Green and Oakland.
SCOUTING THE HOOSIERS
Indiana women's soccer played to a 3-3 draw against North Texas in its last match and amassed a 4-3-1 record in non-conference play.
The Hoosiers faced off with three ranked opponents in non-conference matches, earning a 1-2 record. The squad fell to No. 13 Clemson (1-0, Aug. 20) and No. 24 Memphis (2-0, Sept. 3), but knocked off No. 23 SMU in a shutout (1-0, Sept. 8).
Junior forward Maya Piper leads the Indiana offense with nine points on four goals and one assist. A pair of sophomores follow Piper's lead in scoring - midfielder Chandra Davidson (3-1-7) and defender Meghan Scott (2-2-6).
Freshman goalkeeper Bethany Kopel has played in all eight games for the Hoosiers, garnering three shutouts against Western Michigan (Aug. 27), Vanderbilt (Sept. 1) and SMU (Sept. 8). Kopel has earned a 1.09 goals against average, making 38 saves for a .809 save percentage.
Michigan State is 7-15-2 in career meetings with Indiana, with a 3-8-1 home record. In their last meeting, the Spartans defeated the Hoosiers, 3-1, on Oct. 25, 2015 at DeMartin Stadium.
MICHIGAN STATE NOTES
Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Reilley Ott started in all seven matches for the Spartans, making 35 saves overall for the season. Ott has claimed two shutouts, the season-opener against Niagara (Aug. 18) and against Oakland (Sept. 3). Ott made a season-high seven saves against Samford (Aug. 27), and owns a 1.31 goals against average.
Redshirt senior goalkeeper Savanna Wojtanowski came in off the bench against Wake Forest (Sept. 7), playing in 80 minutes for the Spartans and making seven saves.
Despite a slow start to the season, senior forward Jamie Cheslik leads the team in goals and points, generating three goals and two assists for a total of eight points. Cheslik also has two game-winning goals that came against Samford (Aug. 27) and Oakland (Sept. 3).
THE BIG TEN SO FAR
Maryland and Rutgers top the conference, both with a record of 6-0-1. Wisconsin sits in third place, garnering a record of 6-1-0.
All 14 teams begin conference action this week.
Michigan State hosts another Indiana team on Sunday, Sept. 17 when the Spartans face off with Purdue at 1 p.m. at DeMartin Stadium.
The squad then hits the road for only the second time this season for matches with Wisconsin on Sept. 21 (9 p.m.) and Minnesota on Sept. 24 (2 p.m.).