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Women's soccer improves to 3-0 following victory over Eastern Michigan in home opener

August 29, 2014

Experience was key for the Spartans Friday afternoon, as three different upperclassmen scored in an early season home victory against in-state rival Eastern Michigan, 3-0.

Junior forward Allyson Krause, senior midfielder Megan Marsack, and redshirt junior defender Rachel Van Poppelen scored for MSU (3-0 overall), as the Spartans maintained a perfect record.

“Ally Krause played a great game. Megan Marsack bounced back after not feeling well last weekend and was a force in the middle,” MSU Head Coach Tom Saxton said of his veteran leaders.

Coming off of two road wins against talented teams in California, MSU knew there would be no letdown in the quality of opposition it faced on Friday.

“It’s a hard game to play. Eastern is so well coached and that’s a veteran team that just beat Indiana last week, 2-0,” Saxton said.

Krause continued a solid start to the 2014 season, recording her first goal and third assist for the Spartans in the win. Marsack also recorded an assist in addition to her goal in the 15th minute.

Saxton emphasized that the team needed to improve on the offensive attack this week, and it appears as though the practice time paid off.

“Our focus this week was on more attacking and he (Saxton) talked to me personally and said ‘stop dropping back so much’. It really helped me get forward a lot more and we were able to create plays and score some goals,” Krause said.

Coming out of halftime leading 1-0, MSU pressured EMU on the offensive attack. Shots were fired by the Spartans, and they just missed connecting on multiple scoring opportunities in the box.

In the 61st minute, MSU extended its lead with an Allyson Krause goal. In the 78th minute, the Spartans struck again, as Krause worked hard to protect the ball before penetrating the EMU penalty box and dumping it off to Van Poppelen. Van Poppelen fired the shot into the upper left-hand corner of the net, making the score 3-0.

Redshirt senior goalkeeper Courtney Clem posted her second shutout this season, as she tallied five saves in the win.

“(Clem) was a very strong presence. We had lapses, and without her consistency, we might have been in trouble,” Saxton said.

MSU’s next game will be at 7 p.m next Tuesday at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.

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