MSU Travels to Indiana for Big Ten Showdown
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Oct. 14, 2011
Michigan State (11-4-0, 4-3-0 Big Ten) looks to keep the momentum rolling after a 2-0 victory over Michigan. The Spartans travel to Bloomington, Ind. to take on the Hoosiers (6-8-1, 2-5-0 Big Ten) Sunday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. Michigan State's contest with Indiana will be streamed live and can be seen on the Michigan State All-Access Player on msuspartans.com for a fee. The game will be replayed on the Big Ten Network on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 12:00 p.m.
The Spartans took on in-state rival Michigan at DeMartin Stadium, Wednesday afternoon. The Spartans ended a streak of four straight draws in previous contests with a 2-0 shutout victory over the Wolverines. Jill Flietstra recorded five saves for the Spartans, and notched her seventh shutout of the season. The first goal for MSU came off a corner kick in the 71st minute. Junior Olivia Stander sent it in from the right corner and three different players got a head on it before it landed in front of freshman Megan Marsack, who sent it into the left side of the net for her first collegiate goal. Just six minutes later senior Megan Pines sent a lead pass ahead to fellow senior Laura Heyboer, who went in with a defender on her hip and beat the goalie for her 16th goal of the season.
Indiana welcomes MSU into Bloomington and carries a 6-8-1 record. Indiana is coming off a recent road loss to Purdue, 8-2, on Thursday, Oct. 13. Indiana is led by junior forward Orianica Velasquez, she leads the team in goals (seven) and points (15). Senior Lindsay Campbell has started every game this season for the Hosiers in goal. She has a 1.88 goals against average and has recorded two shutouts on the season.
Senior forward Laura Heyboer was selected as a finalist for the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in collegiate soccer. The prestigious accolade honors student-athletes who excel both on and off the field. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. Heyboer not only makes an impact in the MSU community, but is a strong leader on the soccer field. At the beginning of the season, Heyboer broke two school records and is now MSU's leading career scorer with 55 goals and also leads in all-time points with 133. So far this season, the forward has notched 16 goals and seven assists for a total of 39 points.
Michigan State is second in the Big Ten Conference standings with a 4-3-0 record and 12 points as of Oct. 12. The Spartans are also second in overall standings with an 11-4-0 record and 36 points.
Senior forward Laura Heyboer ranks in the top 10 nationally in almost all offensive statistics for games played through Oct. 9. Heyboer ranks third in total points (36), third in game-winning goals (six), fourth in total goals (15) and sixth in both goals per game (1.071) and points per game (2.57). She added a goal and an assist to her totals on Wednesday in the win over Michigan.
In the last five matches the Spartan defense allowed only two goals. Senior goalkeeper Jill Flietstra is second in the conference in goals against average (.71) and second in save percentage (.867). She also recorded her seventh shutout of the season against Michigan. Flietstra is not the only Spartan that has raised her play on the defensive side. Four defenders have seen ample playing time during the Big Ten season; Katelin Chaklos, junior Kelsey Kassab, sophomore Annie Steinlage, and sophomore Kelsey Mullen have all played critical roles in keeping the Spartans among the top of the Big Ten in defensive statistics.
The combination of forwards Laura Heyboer and Olivia Stander has accounted for 27 of the Spartans' 33 goals this season. Heyboer leads the team in goals and is third in the Big Ten, and recorded her 16th goal in a 2-0 win against Michigan. Stander is second best on the team and sixth best in the conference with 10. Both Heyboer and Stander are near the top of the Big Ten in points and assists as well. Heyboer is tied for second in the conference in total points (36) and Stander is fifth best in total points (27). Stander ranks fourth in the conference in assists (seven) while Heyboer comes in tied for fifth with six. Both forwards continue to step up on the offensive side of the ball and are very dangerous for opposing teams while on the field together.
Following the weekend game against Indiana, the Spartans return home to face Penn State (12-3-0, 5-1-0 Big Ten) Friday, Oct. 21 at 3 p.m.
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