Oct. 17, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women’s soccer team owns the home advantage for the weekend. The Spartans begin on Friday, Oct 18 with a game against Purdue at 4 p.m. and play Indiana on Sunday, Oct 20 at noon to celebrate Alumni Day.
On Sunday, Oct. 20, the men’s and women’s soccer teams will celebrate their alumni. Each team will recognize some of its former contributors during the doubleheader. The women start off the day at noon against Indiana and the men will follow at 2:30 p.m. against Penn State.
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 17 goals, while totaling 23 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 47 saves and two shutouts on the season, owning a 1.31 GAA and .783 Sv%. Gabrielle Gauruder has totaled 27 saves. She has posted a .85 GAA and .871 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, totaling 11 points.
Sophomore Allyson Krause leads the offense with 10 points from three goals and four assists. Jessica White follows Fiebernitz and Krause with seven points from three goals and one assist. Erica Goodenough and Nicole Caruso are the team’s other multiple-goal scorers with two. 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 1-5-0. In the standings, Michigan State is second in saves in the conference with 74. Courtney Clem is currently ranked in the Big Ten in multiple categories, including fourth in saves per game with 4.27.
Boiling Down Purdue
Purdue heads to East Lansing coming off a 4-0 loss to Nebraska last Friday. The team is currently 8-5-1 on the season and 3-3-0 in the conference. Michigan State’s all-time record with Purdue is 10-8-1.
Freshman Maddy Williams leads the Boilermakers in goals with nine. She has also contributed six assists for the squad. Forwards Alex Hairston and Hadley Stuart have also contributed significantly to the Purdue offense. Hairston has accumulated six goals and eight assists and Stuart owns five goals and nine assists. The Boilermakers have a total of six multiple-goal scorers and nine members of the squad have at least one goal. Senior Clara Kridler has spent a majority of the time in net for Purdue. She owns three shutouts with a total of 38 saves.
Who Them Hoosiers
Indiana will face off with Michigan State after playing in Ann Arbor on Friday. The Hoosiers are 10-3-1 on the season and 3-3-0 in the Big Ten. In their last match, they lost 1-2 to Iowa at home on Saturday, Oct. 12.
Lisa Nouanesengsy leads the team with eight goals and three assists. Kayleigh Steigerwalt and Abby Smith both own four goals. A total of ten Hoosiers own at least one goal and fifteen own at least one point. Goalkeeper Shannon Flower currently owns a .750 Sv% and .97 GAA.
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 227-183-43. 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. Sunday’s game against Indiana will be streamed live online through the Big Ten Digital Network on Spartan All-Access, paid subscription is required.
Michigan State continues Big Ten play against Northwestern on Friday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. in Evanston.