No. 10 MSU women’s soccer head coach Tom Saxton said Tuesday’s practice was full of “devastated” players and coaches, as they dealt with the loss of senior midfielder Lauren Sinacola because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her left knee, an injury that not only ended her season, but also her career.
As Tom Saxton watched film of the No. 11 MSU women’s soccer team this past week, the team’s head coach was extremely disappointed with the way the Spartans lackadaisically attacked the low-pressure defense thrown at them last week by Illinois State.
Cara Freeman will play anywhere for the MSU women’s soccer team. The junior played forward in high school, is now playing outside midfielder for MSU and even mentioned playing in net for head coach Tom Saxton — an offer she said he wasn’t exactly thrilled about. “I just look at it as if we win as a team; I don’t really look at what I do individually,” Freeman said.
When MSU women’s soccer assistant coach Tammy Farnum was asked earlier this summer which incoming freshman had the potential to burst onto the MSU sports scene like All-American sophomore forward Laura Heyboer did in 2008, she listed three names. One of those was Olivia Stander, a freshman forward with an impressive sports résumé out of Grosse Pointe High School.
Despite it being a week since it dismantled Detroit Mercy, the MSU women’s soccer team showed no rust Wednesday afternoon. Once again using their depth and offensive firepower to their advantage, the Spartans (4-2-0) knocked off Eastern Michigan, 2-0, at Old College Field.
The first chapter of Lauren Hill and Lauren Sinacola’s MSU careers couldn’t have been scripted any better. As freshmen, Hill and Sinacola finished one-two in goals and points for the Spartans and were both selected to the Big Ten All-Freshman team.
Two close games turned out two different results for the MSU women’s soccer team on their weekend road trip. The Spartans managed a split on their trip out East, beating Penn 1-0 Friday and dropping 2-1 to Lehigh in overtime Sunday.