The Michigan State women’s soccer team hosted Milwaukee on Sunday in East Lansing, MI. There the Spartans were able to dominate their opponents with a final score of 5-2 and improve their record to 2-0 for the season.
"It was a typical Sunday college soccer match after tough Friday games and both teams were tired," said MSU head coach Tom Saxton. "I thought Milwaukee was quite dangerous at the beginning. I thought we did a nice job of working hard and staying on our guys. We were opportunistic today with our chances."
At 35 minutes into the game, the Milwaukee keeper saved a shot but then mistakenly deflected off of a defender and back into their own goal giving the Spartans a 2-0 lead going into the half.
After a few minutes into the second half, the Spartans were able to net their other three goals within a span of six minutes. The first from Jessica White with an assist from Krause and Van Poppelen. The second came from Marisa Oleksiak, assisted by Megan Marsack. The final Spartan goal was from Allyson Krause with Van Poppelen assisting.
The Panthers prevented the shutout when Maria Stephans made good on her penalty kick. Taylor Swittel netted another for Milwaukee on a breakaway on the right side.
Courtney Clem, the Spartan goalkeeper, was able to save five out of her seven chances for the game.
"One of our themes right now is just to get a little better each game," noted Saxton. "We're getting younger by the moment with the injuries that are cropping up. We've just got to learn and make steps forward. I think we did well with some of the attacking play and the passing patterns. I think we're a young team and have got to learn to be more physical. We've got an incredibly challenging opponent coming in on Friday so we better get going fast.I think our communication was much improved for 75 percent of the match and we can certainly build on that."
Michigan State’s next game will be on Friday when they host San Diego State in East Lansing.
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