Women's Soccer Takes on Rivals in Weekend Slate
The Spartans hope for big win against No. 21-ranked Wolverines.
Oct. 2, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State looks forward to a challenging weekend slate from the Big Ten. MSU starts off with a match against No. 21 Michigan in East Lansing on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 3 p.m. The Spartans then head to Iowa to faceoff with the Hawkeyes on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. Michigan State is currently 7-2-2 on the season with a Big Ten record of 1-2-0.
The Line on the Lines
A collective effort has been a focus for the team this year, starting back when 28 members of the team participated in an exhibition against Central Michigan and 27 different players seeing action in regular-season play. The Spartans have held their opponents to 11 goals, while totaling 21 with a varied attack. 12 different players have at least one goal on the season.
Sophomore Allyson Krause leads the offense with 10 points from three goals and four assists. Jessica White follows Fiebernitz's nine points with seven from three goals and one assist. Erica Goodenough is the teams other multiple-goal scorer. She has two goals and two assists so far in the season.
The Notorious B1G
The Spartans look to separate themselves from the pack for a run at the Big Ten Championship this year. Michigan State ranks second in the Big Ten in saves with 56, an average of 5.09 per game.
Courtney Clem has the second best save percentage in the conference with .843, behind Ohio State's Jillian McVicker's .852. She is also second in saves per game with 4.78 behind Minnesota's Tarah Hobbs with 5.12. Clem's 43 saves also ranks her at fourth. Jessica White is tied for fifth in the Big Ten with two game winning goals.
The Adversary from Ann Arbor
Michigan heads to East Lansing off a 1-0 loss to Minnesota. The Gophers played the Wolverines in Ann Arbor after losing to MSU, 3-0. Michigan is currently 7-2-1 on the season and 1-1-1 in the Big Ten, placed them fifth in the conference. The Wolverines are also nationally ranked at No. 21 by the NSCAA Coaches. MSU owns an all-time record against Michigan is 11-9-7, including 7-2-1 in East Lansing.
Freshman goalkeeper Taylor Bucklin has stepped up for the Wolverines, posting 26 saves with only five goals allowed. Bucklin currently owns a .839 Sv% and .50 GAA. She is assisted on defense by Shelina Zadorsky and Holly Hein. Nkem Exuike is aimed to become the school's all-time leading scorer, needing only four goals to break their record. Ezurike leads the team with 18 points from six goals and six assists. Madisson Lewis follows with 10 points from three goals and four assists. Christina Ordonez and Nicky Waldeck are also multiple-goal scorers for the Wolverines.
Sights on Hawkeyes
Before taking on the Spartans, the Hawkeyes will take on No. 23 Nebraska on Oct. 3. Iowa is currently 9-2-0 with a 1-2-0 record in the Big Ten, standing at seventh in the conference. MSU heads to Iowa on Sunday for its "Pink Game" in support of breast cancer awareness. The Spartans are 8-4-5 all-time against Iowa, with a record of 3-3-1 when playing away.
Senior Ashley Catrell leads the Hawkeyes with 11 points from four goals and three assists. Cloe Lacasse follows with nine points from two goals and five assts. The team has a total of six multiple-goal scorers.
Heading it Up
Tom Saxton returns in 2013 as head coach for the 23rd year. A life-long Spartan, Saxton has spent more than half of his life involved with MSU soccer, earning three letters as a player before returning to campus in 1986 to assist legendary Spartan soccer coach Joe Baum with both the men's and the new women's program. He was appointed the second head coach in the history of the women's program on June 1, 1991. Saxton's current career record stands at 227-180-43. Associate head coach Tammy Farnum returns to Spartan soccer for the 17th year as another former player who helped guide the Spartans to their first NCAA appearance in school history in 2002 and was instrumental in helping MSU get back to the tournament in 2005 and 2008. Rounding out the coaching staff are assistant coach Stacy Heller, working with the Spartan goalkeepers, and first-year volunteer coach and former player Laura Heyboer.
Thursday's game against Michigan will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network. Spartan soccer can also be followed on GameTracker, on the official mobile app of the MSU Spartans or on Twitter @MSU_wsoccer.
Michigan State continues Big Ten play with a game at Ohio State on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 6 p.m.