Behind a fifth consecutive shutout, the MSU women’s soccer team defeated Northwestern, 1-0, Sunday at DeMartin Stadium at Old College Field.
As the roars from the Big House in Ann Arbor subside and the highly anticipated football game concludes Saturday night, the seniors on the MSU women’s soccer team begin their battle against Michigan and hope to come away with a win that could define their careers.
MSU women’s soccer junior goalkeeper Jill Flietstra won her second Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week award after posting back-to-back shutouts against Indiana and Purdue this weekend, the conference announced Monday.
Six games have been played by the MSU women’s soccer team at DeMartin Stadium at Old College Field this season. And in all six games, the opposing team has been unable to get the ball past junior goalkeeper Jill Flietstra and the MSU defense.
The MSU women’s soccer team takes the phrase “Home sweet home” to another level. DeMartin Stadium at Old College Field opened in 2008 and after two full seasons — and almost halfway through a third — the team has lost just a single game on its home field.
The jump from high school soccer to the Big Ten can be a difficult adjustment. Factor in the talent to be able to start and there can be a lot of pressure. Freshman midfielder Annie Steinlage is making it look easy for the MSU women’s soccer team.
The Spartans (4-2-1) were able to find their stride early and often against Loyola-Chicago, beating the Ramblers 3-0 and scoring two first-half goals Sunday at DeMartin Stadium at Old College Field.