Tom Saxton

Women’s Soccer Falls Short on Senior Day

In a hard-fought battle between Michigan State and Penn State on senior day at DeMartin Stadium, the Spartans fell short, 2-1.

In the first 10 minutes, both teams were in a back and forth battle going up and down the pitch and getting shots off, but not on target. Read More…

Wester’s Late Goal Keeps Spartans’ Season Alive

Both Michigan State and Ohio State had their goal scoring opportunities Thursday, but the Spartans capitalized on them when it was most needed.

Right from the start of the game, the Spartans came out with pressure and within the first minute they found the back of the net when senior forward, Paige Wester, hit a shot at redshirt freshman goalkeeper, Megan Geldernick, who mishandled the shot and allowed junior forward, Allyson Krause, to put a foot on it and find the back of the net. Read More…

Spartans Looking for Two Big Wins to Stay in Big Ten Tourney Hunt

It’s the final stretch of the season for the Spartans. With five games to go, two at home and three away, Michigan State sits in the middle of the Big Ten table with seven points and needs to come away with four or five wins in order to have a chance at qualifying for the Big Ten Tournament.

“Anything is possible. We really have to take care of the next one and I know that’s coach speak,” head coach Tom Saxton said. “We just know where we are right now. We’re in a pack of teams that are all chasing for those last one or two playoff spots and it’s doable.” Read More…

Women’s Soccer Get First Conference Win

There was a different pep in the Lady Spartans’ step today during warmups, and it continued into the game against the University of Nebraska.

The Cornhuskers came out and set the tempo in the first 20 minutes as redshirt senior, Courtney Clem, was tested early and came up with two big saves in the third and 14th minute off two difficult shots. Read More…

Women’s Soccer Unable to Overcome Winless Streak

After losing a close match to the Wolverines last Saturday, the Lady Spartans were looking to get back on track Thursday night, but could not break their winless streak in conference play against the Hawkeyes.

Michigan State came out with pace from the first whistle, but their urgency seemed to fade as the game went on and the sides constantly went back and forth down the pitch. Read More…

Last-Minute Goal Puts Wolverines Past Spartans

In front of a sellout crowd in Ann Arbor, Mich., Michigan State and the University of Michigan battled for 90 minutes for bragging rights in the state of Michigan.

The Wolverines had their chances early in the game inside the Spartans’ 18-yard-box, but could not convert as the Michigan State defense stood tall and blocked their shots.

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Spartans Look to Grab First Big Ten Win Against Rival Wolverines

On Saturday night, the Lady Spartans will head into Ann Arbor, Mich. not just looking to attain bragging rights, but to try and snap a two-game losing streak against the Wolverines.

“After (last) weekend finished up, the only word that popped in my head was ‘execute,’ redshirt junior defender, Mary Kathryn Fiebernitz said. “For me, that’s kind of the word of the week. If we can execute the little things this week and take it into the game and execute what we need to do in that game, I think we will be fine.” Read More…

Golden Gophers Slip past Spartans in Overtime

After losing to the University of Wisconsin on Friday, Michigan State dropped their second Big Ten game against the University of Minnesota in overtime, 1-0.

The Spartans were out shot by the Golden Gophers 17-7, but the game was much closer than the numbers on the stat sheet, despite tired legs and a few injured Spartans.

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Badgers Hand Lady Spartans First Loss

In a back-and-forth game in which both teams had multiple opportunities to put goals on the scoreboard, the No. 9 Wisconsin Badgers slipped past the Michigan State Spartans 2-1 in overtime.

From the start of the game, Wisconsin controlled much of the possession in the first half and had early chances in the Spartans’ final third, but could not convert within the first 10 minutes.

Michigan State had a fair share of scoring chances in the first half, with an opportunity in the seventh minute.

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Lady Spartans Extend Winning Streak to Six Games

After defeating the Western Michigan Broncos 3-2 in double overtime, Michigan State tied its third-longest undefeated streak to start a season in program history.

The Spartans longest winning streak was eight games, which they have done twice. Once in 1986 (8-1-0) under former head coach, Joe Baum, and then in 2008 (8-0-0) under current head coach, Tom Saxton.

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Lady Spartans in Control against IPFW

From kickoff until the final whistle, Michigan State was in the driver’s seat as they controlled the flow and tempo of the game against Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

The Spartan offense got going early when junior defender, Alex Gjonaj, delivered a ball from a free kick, 35 yards out, into the Mastodon 18-yard box, which found the foot of junior midfielder, Sarah Kovan, who volleyed the ball into the goal.

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Cheslik’s Late Goal Keeps Spartans Winning Streak Alive

In a back and forth game in which Oakland University and Michigan State had multiple opportunities to take control of the game early, the Spartans fought through to earn a1-0 win.

It did not take the Spartans long to find scoring opportunities as four minutes into the game, senior forward Paige Wester crossed a ball into the 18-yard box, which found senior midfielder Megan Marsack who volleyed right at Oakland goalkeeper Allison Holland.

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Spartans Shutout Eagles 3-0 in First Game at DeMartin

Playing in their first game at DeMartin Soccer Complex this season, the Michigan State women’s soccer team defeated Eastern Michigan 3-0, with goals coming from Megan Marsack, Allyson Krause and Rachel VanPoppelen.

One of the main themes this off-season for the Spartans was attention to defense as well as defensive restarts.

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Lady Spartans Can Compete in Big Ten, Consistency is the Key

Coming into the 2014 season, the Michigan State women’s soccer team have some kinks that need to be fixed, but signs of improvement were seen in their exhibition game against the University of Virginia.

In 2013, the Spartans played 19 games. In four of those games, the team failed to score a goal. They also gave up the first goal 11 times and in those 11 games, Michigan State was 1-8-2.

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MSU Women’s Soccer Schedule Analysis — Games 8-15

University of Wisconsin Badgers

Sept. 12

3:30 p.m.

DeMartin Stadium

To open up conference play, the Spartans will play the Badgers who have had their way with Michigan State. Wisconsin is 25-4-2 overall and 6-1-0 in their last seven meetings against Michigan State. Read More…

Early Season Games to Challenge Young Lady Spartans (Games 1-7)

A young Spartan women’s soccer team finished the 2013 season with a record of 9-8-2, but this season a more experienced and eager team is ready for the challenge that lies ahead of them, especially in Big Ten play.

“It’s going to be a great challenge, and I think with 14 teams now, competing not only for the Big Ten title, but eight slots in the (Big Ten) tournament, I think the ratio there might be the most difficult challenge in women’s college soccer,” head coach Tom Saxton said. “I don’t think anybody else faces that kind of set of numbers. It will be incredibly difficult and yet it will also be very rewarding to make it through to the postseason.”

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Lady Spartans Fall Short to Hoosiers

EAST LANSING, Mich. – On a cold and sunny day at DeMartin Stadium, the Lady Spartans fought valiantly, but fell to the Lady Hoosiers 3-2 in overtime.

It was a tough loss for the Spartans, as Indiana possessed the ball for the majority of the game in the Spartans’ half of the field.

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Women’s Soccer Parallels Men in Win

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Women’s soccer scored their fastest goal of the season Friday, after the men’s team broke the same record on Wednesday afternoon.

The Spartans went on to score four goals against the Purdue Boilermakers and record their second highest goal total in a game all season. Read More…

Second Loss Comes to Tough Opponent

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Spartans lost for only the second time this season – to the No. 18 Wisconsin Badgers September 30, 2-0.

“I thought it was a good college soccer game against a nationally-ranked team,” said head coach Tom Saxton. “We knew Wisconsin would be a very good side and I thought we played end-to-end with them. It comes down to plays in the box as it always does in our sport, and they made them and we didn’t.” Read More…

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