The MSU women’s soccer team picked up their third win of the season after defeating Loyola 3-1 Friday at DeMartin Stadium at Old College Field.
It’s no secret that the summer months are a critical preparation and training period for most NCAA sports, especially for those that take the field in the fall.
MSU announced Monday that former basketball forward Draymond Green was chosen as the 2011-12 George Alderton Male Athlete of the Year, while women’s soccer forward Laura Heyboer and golfer Caroline Powers shared the George Alderton Female Co-Athlete of the Year honors.
It would be easy to feel disappointment about the way the season ended for MSU women’s soccer team. Sixty-four teams had their tickets punched for the NCAA Tournament, and even after one of the great seasons in program history, the “Spartans are on the outside looking in.
With her second-half break-away goal, senior forward Laura Heyboer became MSU’s all-time leading goal scorer and secured her place as one of the elite in the history of the program. Unfortunately for the Spartans, Heyboer’s record-setting goal and a late MSU rally wasn’t enough to overcome an early deficit, as they would fall to UW-Milwaukee, 3-2.
The Spartans will kick off their season with an exhibition match against Eastern Michigan at 5 p.m., Saturday in Ypsilanti, Mich. The match ultimately will serve as a tuneup before the Spartans hold their season opener, which will come on Aug. 19 at DeMartin Stadium at Old College Field against Milwaukee.
In its first home exhibition match of the season, the MSU women’s soccer team tied Toledo 1-1, on Saturday at DeMartin Stadium at Old College Field.
A season that started with an exciting high has been met with a heart-wrenching low for the MSU men’s soccer team. Some fans might be losing hope for the MSU men’s soccer team, especially with other MSU teams playing so well. But hope is not lost.
The MSU women’s soccer team believes it’s all or nothing when they head to Columbus, Ohio, on Friday to square off against the No. 23 Ohio State Buckeyes.
In the seniors’ final game at DeMartin Stadium at Old College Field, it was a battle against the Hawkeyes (7-9-3, 0-7-2) to keep the Spartans’ (9-5-4, 3-3-3) postseason hopes alive and place them in a do-or-die situation against No. 18 Ohio State next weekend.
Facing No. 16 Illinois on Friday. the MSU women’s soccer team found themselves in a situation they have not been in for exactly one year and four days.
The NCAA released the student-athlete graduation success rate for all NCAA Division I institutions Wednesday. For MSU, the overall graduation success rate across all sports was 80 percent.