Michigan State ready for test drive in Cincinnati
CINCINNATI- Michigan State women’s soccer continues its season-opening trip on Sunday, August 21, as the Spartans challenge the Cincinnati Bearcats in a 1 p.m. kick-off at Gettler Stadium.
HEAD COACH JEFF HOSLER SAID…
“Cincinnati is a well-drilled team,” Hosler said. “They are bringing back an experienced group from last year, including two outstanding players. They are a team with a lot of confidence and they played very well in their first game. So we have to be very good at executing our style of play, moving I think we are playing well defensively at the moment We were very disciplined most of the time at the start of the season We need to start taking more chances and playing a bit better in the final third, and Sunday is another opportunity for that.”
The Greens and Whites return to action after a regular 2-0 win over Bowling Green on Thursday. Senior striker Lauren DeBeau recorded the icebreaker in the 12th minute on a ricochet off the Falcon goalkeeper’s glove, with a freshman striker Maggie Illig earn credit for support. An insurance goal added by the graduate striker Camryn Evans on a 52nd-minute penalty, froze the score and MSU drove their back line to the program’s first shutout of the year.
KEEP THE KOZAL
senior goalkeeper Lauren Kozal opened the season with a complete shutout at BGSU coupled with a trio of impressive saves. The Ada, Michigan native became the only fifth-place possession in the Spartan record books for career shutouts after securing her 14th-place finish. Kozal also earned the winning decision and moved up to ninth place at MSU with 19 career wins. Before the match, Kozal achieved national recognition as the second Spartan to be named to the MAC Hermann Trophy watch list, joining program legend Laura Heyboer.
FIGHT THE BEARCATS
Head coach Neil Stafford leads Cincinnati in its second game of the 2022 campaign, after dispatching Northern Kentucky to a 2-0 game in the season opener. Vyviene Spaulding and Brandi Thomsen each scored a goal in the win. The Bearcats return to action after a 7-7-3 campaign in 2021 that included a 2-4-2 record in American Athletic Conference games, placing them seventh in the standings. The team is reunited with its leading scorer and scorer from a year ago in graduate forward Vanessa DiNardo, who had 19 points on the year, split between nine goals and just one assist.
SERIES HISTORY: CINCINNATI
Michigan State will look to tie the all-time series with Cincinnati in the 16th meeting between the two programs. The Bearcats currently hold an 8-7-0 advantage over MSU, with their last win coming on August 28 of the 2005 campaign. MSU trails Cincinnati in games played at Gettler Stadium, with UC sporting a narrow 4- 3-0 over the Spartans all-time. The Greens and Whites recorded a 2-0 victory in the last meeting on September 7, 2006 at DeMartin Stadium. An offensive onslaught prompted by 22 Spartan shot attempts resulted in two goals from then-rookie Lauren Hill, booking the icebreaker in the 10th.
FOLLOW THE ACTION
Sunday’s tilt will be broadcast to global audiences via ESPN+ with Matt Sexton on the call. Authenticated subscribers can access the live simulcast of the game through the ESPN app on their computers, cell phones, tablets, smart TVs and other connected devices.
FOLLOW THE SPARTATS
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