Women's Soccer Heads to Ohio State
The Spartans search for a Big Ten road win.
Oct. 11, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's soccer team hopes to bring home a win from Ohio State this weekend when it takes on the Buckeyes in Columbus, Saturday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. The Spartans currently own a 7-4-2 record with a 1-4-0 mark in the Big Ten. OSU is 7-3-3 on the season with a conference record of 1-2-2.
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 14 goals, while totaling 22 with a varied attack. 12 different players have at least one goal on the season.
Michigan State has shown versatility in the net. Courtney Clem has accumulated 44 saves and two shutouts on the season, owning a 1.11 GAA and .815 Sv%. After five games, Gabrielle Gauruder has totaled 26 saves. She has posted a .87 GAA and .867 Sv%. Lone senior Kelsey Mullen heads up the defense with Nicole Caruso and Mary Kathryn Fiebernitz. The back line looks to remain organized in play while Fiebernitz has taken over as the team's leading scorer with five goals and one assist.
Sophomore Allyson Krause leads the offense with 10 points from three goals and four assists. Jessica White follows Fiebernitz and Krause with seven from three goals and one assist. Erica Goodenough is the team's other multiple-goal scorer. She has two goals and two assists so far in the season. Eight other members of the squad have scored at least one goal and a team total of fifteen own at least one point.
The Notorious B1G
The Spartans currently own a Big Ten record of 1-4-0. Michigan State is tied for first in saves with 72 and places sixth currently with a GAA of 1.03.
Both goalkeepers have performed well in conference statistics. Courtney Clem ranks sixth in both saves (44) and save percentage (.815). She is No. 4 in saves per game with 4.40. Gabrielle Gauruder ranks sixth in GAA with .87. She also ranks second in both saves per game (5.20) and save percentage (.867).
Outlook on Ohio State
Ohio State takes on MSU coming off a 1-0 overtime loss at No. 18 Wisconsin on Sunday, Oct. 6. This brought the Buckeyes to 7-3-3 on the season and 1-2-2 in the Big Ten. Under 17th-year head coach Lori Walker, OSU currently ranks second in the Big Ten in both GAA (.65) and goals allowed (9).
Freshman Nichelle Prince leads the Buckeyes with 16 points from six goals and four assists. Lindsay Agnew owns three goals and three other squad members have scored multiple goals. Jillian McVicker owns the most time in net for OSU, owning 28 saves, .848 Sv% and .57 GAA. Rachel Middleman has also spent significant time in goal. She owns 18 saves.
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 227-182-43. 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.
Spartan soccer can 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 DeMartin Stadium against Purdue at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18.