Oct. 30, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's soccer team closes the regular season this Friday, Nov. 1 at 3 p.m. when it faces off with Penn State. The squad is currently 9-7-2 overall and 3-7 in the Big Ten. Friday's events will include senior recognition of Kelsey Mullen.
Friday will include the team's annual senior recognition. Lone senior Kelsey Mullen will be joined by her family and coaches on the field for a short ceremony before the game. Please join us in celebrating her achievements in the class of 2013.
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. Twenty-seven different players have seen action in regular-season play. The Spartans have held their opponents to 23 goals, while totaling 31 with a varied attack. Thirteen 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 54 saves. She has posted a 1.13 GAA and .844 Sv%. Lone senior Kelsey Mullen heads up the defense with Nicole Caruso and Mary Kathryn Fiebernitz.
Sophomore Allyson Krause leads the offense with 14 points from five goals and four assists. Fiebernitz follows in points with 13, from six goals and one assist. Rachel Van Poppelen has moved up in the team's statistics, posting ten points from three goals and four assists. A total of eight Spartans own more than one goal, 13 have at least one goal and 15 have at least one point.
The Notorious B1G
The Spartans currently own a Big Ten record of 3-7-0. In the standings, Michigan State is second in saves with 104. Gabrielle Gauruder represents MSU in several categories. She is in eighth with a 1.13 GAA and in third with a .844 Sv% and second in saves per game with 5.40.
Previewing Penn State
Penn State heads to East Lansing off a 3-2, double overtime loss to Nebraska in Lincoln. The Nittany Lions are currently 12-5-1 on the season and 6-4-0 in the conference, placing them at fourth in the Big Ten standings. They lead the conference in points with 150, goals with 52 and assists with 46.
Senior Maya Hayes ranks second in the Big Ten with 17 goals and is tied for first with 39 points. Mallory Weber and Raquel Rodriquez are both tied for sixth in assists in the conference. Goalkeeper Britt Eckerstrom is fourth in saves with 72.
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 229-185-43. 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.
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