Oct. 1, 2009
The newly-ranked No. 20 Michigan State women's soccer team will hit the road this weekend for a pair of tough matches. The Spartans (7-0-2) will take on Indiana at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in Bloomington, Ind., and will then tangle with No. 12 Purdue on Sunday at 1 p.m. in West Lafayette, Ind.
The Last Time Out: Laura Heyboer scored just over four minutes into overtime as the Spartans defeated Penn State, 3-2, on Sunday (Sept. 27) for the second consecutive year at home. The Spartans also got goals from senior Lauren Sinacola and freshman Olivia Stander, who played in place of Lauren Hill.
The OT win marked the first extra-session win for the Spartans since Oct. 15, 2000 when they defeated Minnesota, 1-0. In the stretch between then and Sunday's win, MSU played a total of 11 overtime matches - losing eight games and tying three.
Record Start: The Spartans' 7-0-2 start matches their longest unbeaten streak to start a season since the program's inaugural year, 1986, when the Green and White began 8-0-1. MSU started in similar fashion last season - winning 10 of their first 11 games.
NSCAA/adisas Debut: The Spartans made their season debut this week in the NSCAA/adidas Coaches Poll at No. 20.
Spartans vs. Hoosiers, Boilermakers: Michigan State is 4-11-2 and 7-8 all-time against Indiana and Purdue, respectively. The Spartans last beat the Hoosiers in 2005 while their last win against the Boilermakers came in 2002.
Heyboer on a Streak: The Big Ten leader in points, Laura Heyboer enters Friday's game with a three-game scoring streak in tact. It is her career-long, third three-game scoring streak of her career.
Hill Returns: The Spartans will welcome back senior forward and leading goal scorer Lauren Hill today after she was forced to miss last game after getting two yellow cards against Eastern Michigan. Hill, ranks first in the conference in goals (eight) and second in points (18), began the season scoring at least one goal in the Spartans' first six games.
Hill was named Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Aug. 31 after registering seven points in the Spartans' first two wins of the year.
Flietstra, Defense Remains Strong: Last Sunday marked the first time since Oct. 19, 2008 in a loss at Wisconsin that the Spartans surrendered more than one goal - a streak of 15 consecutive games. As a team, the Spartans have allowed five goals in nine games so far this season, which is good for second in the league. Goalkeeper Jill Flietstra is first in the Big Ten in save percentage (.865) and second in in goals-against average (0.53) and.
Flietstra has two shutout streaks of at least 240 minutes this season as the first spanned 246:24 in three games (Oakland - UCSB) and the second covered action in four games (UCSB - Detroit) and lasted 252:58.