Michigan State travels to Ann Arbor on Wednesday to take on No. 21 Michigan. Kickoff time is 7 p.m.
Michigan State is 8-4-2 on the year and 2-3-1 in Big Ten play while Michigan holds an 11-2-1 record and is 5-0-1 in conference play.
Michigan State is coming off a 3-2 heartbreaking loss to Illinois last Thursday. The Spartans held a one-goal lead twice during the match on goals from Olivia Stander and Megan Marsack but couldn't hold on. The match was highlighted by Illinois' Vanesa DiBernardo, who led the Illini past Michigan State with three goals on the night, with the game-winner coming with just under six minutes to go. Goalkeeper Courtney Clem made five saves.
The Last Meeting
October 12, 2011
East Lansing, Mich.
Marsack, Heyboer Strike Spartans to 2-0 Victory Over Michigan
Megan Marsack and Laura Heyboer each scored second-half markers and senior keeper Jill Flietstra made five saves in her seventh shutout of the year as Michigan State downed Michigan, 2-0, at DeMartin Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. MSU improves to 11-4, 4-3 in Big Ten play, while sending its rival to an 8-5-2 overall mark and 3-3-1 in Conference play.
The Wolverines enter Wednesday's contest on a school-record eight game unbeaten streak and currently sit second in the Big Ten behind Penn State. Nkem Ezurike leads Michigan with 17 points on eight goals and one assist. Corinne Harris and Shelby Chambers-Garcia each have three goals on the season while Tori McCombs and Meghan Toohey lead the team with four assists each. Haley Kopmeyer will likely be in net for the Wolverines. Her 0.35 GAA is best in the Big Ten and she has made the third most saves (51) and has the third best save percentage (.911). Kopmeyer has recorded eight shutouts so far this season, tallying four more than any other goalkeeper in the conference.
The Spartans are 11-8-7 all-time against Michigan and defeated the Wolverines 2-0 when the teams met last year.
Olivia Stander is tied for sixth in the Big Ten in assists with six, and has a team-best 16 points on the year. Stander continues to climb up the MSU career scoring record books, as she now sits eighth for points in a career at Michigan State (73 points) and tied for ninth in career assists (19). She is also 9th all-time in goals with 27, and her game-winning goal against Nebraska marked the fifth of her career, which ties her for fifth all-time.
MSU goalkeeper Courtney Clem has been a solid, consistent factor for the Spartans in the net this season. A redshirt sophomore, Clem saw spot time last season behind multiple-MSU record holder (and current volunteer assistant coach) Jill Flietstra. Clem ranks fourth in the league in saves (48), second in shutouts (5), and she holds a 0.76 GAA to go along with her .814 save percentage.
Megan Marsack, who had a goal and an assist in her freshman season, has already surpassed her freshman year total in both goals (3) and points (7). Lisa Vogel did not have any points as a freshman, but had a goal and two assists vs. BG. Annie Steinlage scored her first collegiate tally against Fordham, while Chelsea Peterson recorded her first college score in the win over Loyola.
Tom Saxton is in his 22nd season as the head coach of the Spartan women's soccer program. A life-long Spartan, Saxton earned three letters as a player before returning to campus in 1989 to assist legendary Spartan soccer coach Joe Baum with both the men's and the new women's program. Saxton was appointed the second head coach in the history of the women's program on June 1, 1991. In 21 seasons, Saxton's career record stands at 213-169-39.
Tammy (Anderson) Farnum was a standout defender at MSU (1989-92) and is now in her 16th season on the staff. Stacy Heller was a standout keeper for MSU (2000-03) and was a two-time All-Big Ten pick. Jill Flietstra graduated in 2012 and joins the staff in her first post-graduate coaching position.
All twelve of the Big Ten's women's soccer teams came through the non-conference portion of their schedules with a .500 record or better.
Two Big Ten women's soccer teams appear in the latest NSCAA/Continental Tire rankings, announced on Tuesday, October 9th. Penn State (12-2-0) is No. 4, while Michigan (11-2-1) moved up two spots to No. 21. Iowa (11-1-3), who the Spartans played to a 0-0 draw last week, also received votes.
Michigan State returns home on Sunday where they will take on Indiana at DeMartin Stadium. Kickoff time 12 p.m.