Spartans Face Two Ranked Opponents This Weekend
MSU plays No. 17 Ohio State and No. 14 Penn State on the road.
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
The Michigan State women's soccer travels east for its last two-game weekend road trip of the season.
The Spartans face the No. 17 Ohio State Buckeyes on Friday, Oct. 6 at 5 p.m. in Columbus, Ohio. MSU then goes up against No. 14 Penn State on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. The match will be streamed on BTN Plus.
LAST TIME OUT
In their last match, the Spartans captured their first Big Ten conference victory and snapped a six game losing streak with a 3-2 win over Iowa on Sunday, Oct. 1. Junior forward Lexy Warner scored two goals, while senior forward Jamie Cheslik found the back of the net for her third game-winner of the season.
Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Reilley Ott made eight saves in the win, her second-most of the year.
SCOUTING THE BUCKEYES
In their last time out, then No. 22-ranked Ohio State knocked off No. 7 Penn State, 1-0. Senior forward Sammy Edwards connected in the 65th minute to win the game for the Buckeyes.
Edwards leads the team with six goals and five assists for 17 points overall, and was named B1G offensive player of the week on Oct. 3. Senior forward Eleanor Gabriel is second on the team in scoring, with nine points off four goals and one assist.
Junior goalkeeper Devon Kerr has started in all 12 games for Ohio State, allowing only six goals for a 0.53 goals against average, the third-best GAA in the conference. Kerr has made 37 saves for a save percentage of .860. She is currently tied for second in the conference in shutouts with six. Kerr has also been named B1G defensive player of the week for the past two weeks.
Michigan State is 10-12-0 overall against Ohio State, looking for their first road win against OSU since 2001. In their last meeting, the Buckeyes defeated the Spartans, 2-0, to end their season on Oct. 28, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio.
SCOUTING THE NITTANY LIONS
The Nittany Lions' last appearance was a 1-0 shutout loss to No. 22 Ohio State on Saturday, Sept. 30. Penn State hosts Michigan on Friday, Oct. 6 before welcoming Michigan State.
Redshirt junior forward Emily Ogle leads the Penn State offense with 10 points, coming from four goals and two assists. Junior forward Charlotte Williams comes close behind with nine points off two goals and five assists.
Redshirt junior goalkeeper Rose Chandler has started all 11 games, earning a 0.91 GAA. Chandler has made 24 saves and collected a .727 save percentage.
In career meetings, Penn State leads Michigan State with a record of 19-5-0 overall, and the Spartans look to get their first road victory over the Nittany Lions. MSU and PSU last met on Oct. 22, 2016 in East Lansing, where the Spartans upset No. 16-ranked Penn State, 3-1, on Senior Day. Current seniors Jamie Cheslik and Morgan McKerchie scored to lift the Spartans to victory.
Freshman midfielder Danielle Stephan leads the team in assists with six, and has started in all 13 games for the Spartans. Stephan scored her first career goal against No. 17 Wake Forest on Sept. 7 and has seen 1,006 minutes on the field this season.
Forward Alexandra Thomas has played in seven games this season and has scored three points on two shots. Thomas scored the lone goal in the Spartans' loss to Minnesota on Sept. 24 and tallied an assist against Iowa on Oct. 1.
Midfielder Bella Jodzis has come in off the bench in 12 games, playing 307 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 13 matches for the Spartans, making 74 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 10 stops against Nebraska on Sept. 29, and owns a 2.16 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 stops.
Senior forward Jamie Cheslik leads the team in goals and points, generating six goals and three assists for 15 points overall and passing her point total from last season. Cheslik also has a team-high three game-winning goals that came against Samford (Aug. 27), Oakland (Sept. 3), and Iowa (Oct. 1).
THE BIG TEN CONFERENCE
Purdue has the top spot in the conference standings, with a 4-0-1 record. This week's opponent Ohio State sits in second, followed by Rutgers in third.
Three Big Ten teams are ranked in the United Soccer Coaches poll, including both of Michigan State's opponents this week. Penn State comes in at No. 14, and Ohio State is currently ranked No. 17. Rutgers rounds out the ranked Big Ten teams at No. 23.
Following the two-game road trip, the Spartans return home to play in-state rival Michigan on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 6 p.m.
The Spartans then travel to Maryland for the last road trip of the season on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m.