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.
The 2010 World Cup in South Africa pushed soccer back into the mainstream light, and college students especially began to watch soccer with extreme passion. Their passion doesn’t have to stop with the World Cup, as MSU’s soccer team’s are worth watching as well.
After three games last season, the MSU women’s soccer team had scored eight goals. In 2010, through the same amount of games, the team has tallied just two. The team’s second goal came in their home opener on Sunday against Western Michigan (1-2), a game the Spartans won 1-0, but left head coach Tom Saxton confused.
It was a bittersweet opening weekend for the MSU women’s soccer team, which kicked off its season on Friday in College Station, Texas at the Texas A&M Aggieland Invitational. The Spartans defeated St. John’s 1-0 Friday before losing 3-0 to No. 1 North Carolina on Sunday.
The MSU women’s soccer team lost 1-0 in overtime to Santa Clara Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, ending the Spartans season.
Santa Clara is one of the all-time great women’s soccer programs, boasting a storied history that includes 20 NCAA Tournament appearances and 27 winning seasons.