Women's Soccer Travels For Two Conference Match-Ups
Spartans face Wisconsin and Minnesota this weekend.
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
The Michigan State women’s soccer team continues Big Ten play this week on the road for only the second time this season. The Spartans square off with Wisconsin on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. (ET) on Big Ten Network. The team will then play at Minnesota on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. (ET) on BTN Plus.
LAST TIME OUT
In their last match, the Spartans dropped to Purdue at home, 6-2. Junior forward Lexy Warner and senior forward Jamie Cheslik both netted goals in the loss. Freshman midfielder Danielle Stephan took nine of the team’s 11 corner kicks, a season-high for both Stephan and for MSU.
Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Reilley Ott made six saves in the loss.
SCOUTING THE BADGERS
In their last time out, Wisconsin women’s soccer defeated Minnesota in overtime, 1-0. Sophomore forward Dani Rhodes scored the game-winning goal on a penalty kick in the 96th minute of the game.
The Badgers are currently on a six game winning streak, the longest active streak in the conference. The team has shut out five of their past six opponents.
Sophomore forward Dani Rhodes leads the Badgers in scoring, totaling 11 points on five goals and one assist. Rookie forward Lauren Rice is second on the team, with a pair of goals and assists for six points.
Redshirt senior Caitlyn Clem has played in all eight games for the Badgers, garnering five solo shutouts, the second-most in the conference. Clem has earned a 0.78 goals against average, making 21 saves for a .778 save percentage and was named co-defensive player of the week on Sept. 19. Clem is the sister of Spartan freshman goalkeeper Madison.
Michigan State is 4-28-2 in career meetings with Wisconsin, with a 1-16-0 road record. In their last meeting, the Badgers defeated the Spartans, 1-0, on Oct. 16, 2016 at DeMartin Stadium.
Freshman midfielder Danielle Stephan leads the team in assists with five, and has started in all nine games for the Spartans. Stephan scored her first career goal against Wake Forest on Sept. 7 and has seen 722 minutes on the field this season.
Midfielder Bella Jodzis has come in off the bench in eight games, playing in 157 minutes in total and taking one corner for MSU. Defender Athena Biondi has seen action in five games, playing a season-high 57 minutes against Purdue on Sept. 17
MICHIGAN STATE NOTES
Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Reilley Ott has started in all nine matches for the Spartans, making 47 saves overall for the season. Ott is currently third in the Big Ten in saves, and has claimed two shutouts. Ott made a season-high seven saves against Samford (Aug. 27) and against Oakland (Sept. 3), and owns a 1.86 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. Wojtanowski also saw action against Purdue on Sept. 17.
Senior forward Jamie Cheslik leads the team in goals and points, generating four goals and two assists for a total of 10 points. Cheslik also has two game-winning goals that came against Samford (Aug. 27) and Oakland (Sept. 3).
Michigan State continues its road weekend at Minnesota on Sunday, Sept. 24. Kick is set for 2 p.m. (ET) and the match will be streamed on BTN Plus.
The Spartans will return home for a tilt with Nebraska on Friday, Sept. 29 (6 p.m.) and Iowa on Sunday, Oct. 1 (12 p.m.).