Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Sports | Women's Soccer

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Pivotal match against OSU ahead for women's soccer

The clock is ticking for the women’s soccer team. The Spartans (7-4-2 overall, 1-4-0 Big Ten) have only six games remaining in the regular season before the Big Ten Tournament. They currently sit a game out of eighth place in the Big Ten — the number of teams allowed into the tournament.

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Clem, Gauruder duke out starting goalie spot

Heading into the season, Courtney Clem was the No. 1 goalkeeper for the MSU women’s soccer team. With just six games remaining on the schedule and an important Big Ten match against Ohio State on Saturday, the junior goalkeeper will be competing in practice this week to keep the top spot with sophomore goalkeeper Gabrielle Gauruder.

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Women's soccer falls to Iowa in overtime

The MSU women’s soccer team held on for 106 minutes as Iowa got off shot after shot, but couldn’t hang on for four more minutes to make it a draw. The Spartans (7-4-2 overall, 1-4-0 Big Ten) and Hawkeyes (10-3-0, 2-3-0) fought through two overtimes Sunday afternoon on Iowa’s home field, but it was the Hawkeyes who came out with the 1-0 win thanks to a late goal by Iowa midfielder Anne Marie Thomas.

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Fiebernitz showing Spartan toughness on pitch

Warrior. Enforcer. Competitor. Those are words that can be used to describe sophomore defender Mary Kathryn Fiebernitz. In only her second year of game action after redshirting her freshman year, Fiebernitz is bringing her competitive nature to the MSU women’s soccer team.

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Kovan family enjoys bond over Green and White ties

She grew up a Spartan, and now is the starting midfielder for the MSU women’s soccer team. Sophomore midfielder Sarah Kovan spent her childhood around MSU athletics. Her father, Jeff Kovan, has been a part of the sports medicine program since 1995, and has been mainly working with men’s basketball since 1996, along with other sports.

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Women's soccer splits weekend against Minnesota, Wisconsin

The MSU women’s soccer team couldn’t pick up the weekend sweep as the Spartans lost to No. 18 Wisconsin, 2-0, on Sunday afternoon. The Spartans (7-2-2 overall, 1-2-0 Big Ten) won their first Big Ten game in nearly a year Friday against Minnesota, 3-0, but head coach Tom Saxton said tired legs hit the young squad Sunday against the Badgers (7-1-2, 2-0-1).

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Women's soccer moves on to Minnesota, Wisconsin

This will be a crucial weekend for the women’s soccer team as they prepare to face Big Ten opponents Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Spartans (6-1-1 overall, 0-1-0 Big Ten) dropped their first match of the season last week against Nebraska, 1-0. With only one game last weekend, MSU got a couple of extra days to rebound and freshen up for this weekend’s slate.

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Former stars give back by coaching

When it comes to two of the most successful women’s soccer players in school history, the numbers speak for themselves. Three All-American selections. Five All-Big Ten selections. Forty-nine wins in college. One hundred and seven wins and just one loss in high school. Four consecutive high school state championships. Numerous MSU women’s soccer records.

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Women's soccer suffers first loss of season

After a rain delay just a few minutes into the MSU women’s soccer match against Nebraska, the Cornhuskers came out to secure a 1-0 win and hand MSU its first loss of the season. Nebraska freshman Jaycie Johnson gave the Cornhuskers (5-2-1 overall, 1-0 Big Ten) their first goal from 13 yards out in the 12th minute, which turned out to be the difference maker.

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'Warrior day in, day out'

Then there was one. Kelsey Mullen entered MSU four years ago along with three others as members of the women’s soccer class of 2014. The class was loaded with top players in the state and country, including Annie Steinlage and Courtney Clem, as well as Chelsey Miller, who decided to focus on academics and quit the team after two years.

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Spartans top Eastern Michigan, Bowling Green to remain unbeaten

For the first time since 2009, the women’s soccer team will enter its Big Ten schedule without a loss. The Spartans (6-0-2 overall) finished their non-conference slate Sunday afternoon at Eastern Michigan and escaped with a nail-biting victory, thanks to two clutch penalty kicks from sophomore defender Mary Kathryn Fiebernitz in the second half.

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Offense king in women's soccer victory over BGSU

When a team out shoots their 28-1, most of the time those teams end up victorious. That’s exactly what the MSU women’s soccer team did in its 3-1 win against Bowling Green on Friday. The Spartans came out of the gate strong and controlled the pace for much of the first half, and head coach Tom Saxton was glad to see the improvement since last week’s tie against Oakland. “We were most pleased we came out with some tempo and some intensity after last week’s game against Oakland,” head coach Tom Saxton said.

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Unbeaten start to be tested in MAC-filled weekend

Entering the final weekend before Big Ten play, the women’s soccer team will look to maintain their unbeaten record against a pair of Mid-American Conference teams. The Spartans (4-0-2 overall) will take on Bowling Green (0-3-0) Friday night at home, but after tying Oakland, 1-1, on Sept. 5, head coach Tom Saxton said it doesn’t matter Bowling Green has yet to win a game.

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Krause needs to be 'more selfish' according to Farnum

Be more selfish. It’s a phrase most coaches don’t want to use because they want players to focus on the team, not an individual. But that’s the exact phrase women’s soccer associate head coach Tammy Farnum used about sophomore forward Allyson Krause and her importance to this year’s team.