Women's Soccer Hosts A Pair of Conference Games
Spartans play against Nebraska and Iowa this weekend.
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
The Michigan State women's soccer team returns to DeMartin Stadium for a two-game homestand to finish out the month of September and begin the month of October. The Spartans host Nebraska on Friday, Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. and Iowa on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 12 p.m. Both games will be streamed on BTN Plus.
LAST TIME OUT
In their last match, the Spartans fell to Minnesota, 7-1. The Golden Gophers offense came out firing, netting seven goals before the Spartans found an opportunity to respond. Freshman foward Alexandra Thomas notched her first collegiate goal to get MSU on the board.
SCOUTING THE CORNHUSKERS
In their last time out, Nebraska played to a 1-1 double overtime draw against No. 7 Penn State. Both teams netted goals in the first 45 minutes, but the next 65 minutes yielded without a point.
Senior forward Haley Hanson leads the Huskers with 12 points on five goals and two assists. Sophomore forward Elyse Huber is second on the team with four goals and one assist totaling nine points.
Sophomore goalkeeper Aubrei Corder has started in all 10 games for Nebraska, allowing only six goals for a 0.57 goals against average, the third-best GAA in the conference. Corder has made 22 saves for a .786 save percentage. She is currently tied for second in the conference in shutouts with five.
Michigan State is 3-2-1 in career meetings with Nebraska, with a 2-0-1 home record. In their last meeting, the Cornhuskers defeated the Spartans in the conference opener, 2-0, on Sept. 16, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska.
SCOUTING THE HAWKEYES
In their last appearance, Iowa suffered a 2-0 loss to Ohio State, their third loss in as many games.
Sophomore forward Devin Burns leads the Iowa offense with 12 points, coming from five goals and two assists. Sophomore forward Olivia Fiegel (5G) and redshirt sophomore forward Kayleigh Haus (4G, 2A) are second in Hawkeye scoring with 10 points each.
Sophomore goalkeeper Claire Graves has started all nine games, earning a 1.18 GAA. Graves has made 31 saves and collected a .756 save percentage.
In career meetings, Michigan State leads Iowa with a record of 10-6-5 overall and a home record of 6-2-3. Michigan State and Iowa last met on Sept. 18, 2016 in Iowa City, where the Spartans gained their first conference win in overtime, 1-0.
Freshman midfielder Danielle Stephan leads the team in assists with five, and has started in all 11 games for the Spartans. Stephan scored her first career goal against No. 17 Wake Forest on Sept. 7 and has seen 864 minutes on the field this season.
Midfielder Bella Jodzis has come in off the bench in 10 games, playing 254 minutes in total and taking two corners for MSU. Defender Athena Biondi has seen action in six games, playing a season-high 57 minutes against Purdue on Sept. 17.
MICHIGAN STATE NOTES
Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Reilley Ott has started in all 11 matches for the Spartans, making 56 saves overall for the season. Ott is currently second in the Big Ten in saves, and has claimed two shutouts. Ott made a season-high seven saves against Samford (Aug. 27), Oakland (Sept. 3) and No. 9 Wisconsin (Sept. 21), and owns a 2.09 goals against average.
Redshirt senior goalkeeper Savanna Wojtanowski came in off the bench against No. 17 Wake Forest (Sept. 7), playing in 80 minutes for the Spartans and making seven saves. Wojtanowski came in for the second half against Minnesota (Sept. 24), making two saves.
Senior forward Jamie Cheslik leads the team in goals and points, generating five goals and two assists for a total of 12 points. Cheslik also has two game-winning goals that came against Samford (Aug. 27) and Oakland (Sept. 3).
THE BIG TEN SO FAR
After weeks of ties for first place, No. 6 Penn State has emerged as the sole owner of first place this week with a record of 3-0-1.
Three Big Ten teams are ranked in the United Soccer Coaches poll, including B1G leader Penn State. Wisconsin is ranked at No. 12, and Rutgers sits at No. 16.
The Spartans hit the road next weekend to play Ohio State on Friday, Oct. 6 at 5 p.m. and Penn State on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 1 p.m.
Following the two-game road trip, the Spartans return home to play in-state rival Michigan on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 6 p.m.