Spartan’s offense shines in win over Purdue


The Michigan State Spartans celebrate after a goal was scored in their 3-1 victory over Purdue on September 25, 2022. Photo Credit: Ethan Hunter/WDBM

Jay DeCoster, Soccer Beat Reporter

EAST LANSING, Mich.– After a scoreless draw against Iowa on Thursday night, Michigan State women’s soccer was able to revive its offense with a 3-1 win against the Purdue Boilermakers on Sunday afternoon at DeMartin Stadium.

Sunday’s result improved the Spartan’s record to 7-1-3 on the season, while Purdue fell to 3-7-0 and 0-3 in conference play. MSU is off to its best start in Big Ten play since the 2015 season, when the Spartans went 2-0-1 through the first three contests.

The Boilermakers opened up the day with a goal from junior midfielder Nicole Kevdzija in the thirteenth minute. The lead wouldn’t last long as MSU quickly capitalized on a goal from junior midfielder Justina Gaynor.

MSU showed its depth once again in Sunday’s matchup, as they got contributions from sophomore forward Jordyn Wickes, and senior defender Bria Schrotenboer, who recorded her first goal in a Spartan uniform since Oct. 19, 2019 after transferring from Duke. 

“We have so many available players that continue to grow, and we can use them in different ways”, head coach Jeff Hosler said. “I am so thrilled for Jordyn (Wickes). She’s been trying to find her way, it’s been inconsistent here and there, and I really challenged her this week in preparation for this week, and she responded.”

“It’s good to be back, and get back into the swing of things. Scoring is always great and I don’t get a lot of chances to, so it’s fun when a centerback gets to score,” Schrotenboer said.

As a team, MSU registered 19 shots and 7 shots on target, a big improvement from Thursday’s game against Iowa.

Both schools also showcased the 50th anniversary of Title IX, which celebrates the pathway for equality and greater opportunity for women in sports.

“It means everything. For all the people that came before us, all the women that played before us and had to go through what they had to go through to get us here, it means a lot,” said Gaynor. “I am very happy and honored to be a part of this program and continue to help it grow. All thanks to Title IX.”

Michigan State women’s soccer goes on the road to Happy Valley on Thursday, as the Spartans take on Penn State (7-1-2). Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.