Offensive attack leads Spartans to 7-0 win over central Michigan

EAST LANSING, Mich. With a 29-2 shooting difference, the Michigan State women’s soccer team rolled out its first home game under the lights of DeMartin Stadium on Thursday night, capping off a 7-0 victory over the Central Michigan Chippewas. The seven goals scored by Michigan State marked the most goals by the Spartans since a 7-0 defeat of Purdue Fort Wayne on September 19, 2001.

MSU is 2-0-1 on the season and has yet to concede a goal in three games, matching the team’s defensive start from a season ago. Central Michigan falls to 0-3 overall this year. The Spartans put up a whopping 14 shots on goal, without giving up a single accurate attempt at the other end. Michigan State finished the game with nine corner kicks and allowed only one to Chippewa’s side. In the scoring box, six Spartans were credited with goals highlighted by the rookie striker Courtney Koehler’s twin touchdowns in the sixth and 66th minutes, respectively.

The Greens and Whites absolutely dominated the first 45 minutes of play, with MSU outscoring the Chippewas by a remarkable 17-0 margin. Michigan State had nine shots on goal and built a 6-0 lead on corner kicks. Koehler opened the scoring in the sixth minute, with a graduated striker camryn evans breaking down a Chippewa defender and putting up a perfect pass on the money that led to the icebreaker. Four minutes later, Evans secured his own score to put the Spartans up 2-0 with an assist credited to the graduated defender. ruby diodati.

junior forward andrus mj added MSU’s third goal of the game in a flurry around CMU’s goal, while the sophomore forward Jordyn Wickes finished the score 4-0 at the break with a shot from the right to the lower left corner of the goal, assisted by the junior midfielder Zivana Labovic.

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MSU entered the second half with the same dominance exhibited in the first, outscoring Central Michigan 12-2 and adding three more scores in the final period. Former Chippewa and Senior Forward lauren beau put the Spartans ahead with a score of 5-0 thanks to an assist from the graduated defender samantha white. Koehler added his second goal of the game to a pass from Labovic in the 66th minute and a senior playmaker allied children he finished the goal in the 79th minute on a plate by the youthful defender Regan Dalton.

In goal, the Spartans went with a two-goal tandem for the first time in the 2022 campaign, with senior lauren kozal managing the network in the first half and first year Good Okoroafo playing in the second. The duo combined for MSU’s third shutout of the year, with Kozal securing the win in the process. For the Michigan center, Emma Shingler watched for the goal and booked seven saves with seven goals allowed as she took the loss.

POST GAME QUOTES
STATE OF MICHIGAN QUOTES
Coach Jeff Hosler
On Michigan State’s dominant performance against Central Michigan…

“I would say it was a lot of fun. We had over 25 outfield players in the contest. Belle (Okoroafo) was able to get her first few minutes and she played very well the 45 minutes she was in. I would say yes.” It was definitely a team effort. The group was very focused this week, we know we missed some opportunities in Cincinnati on Sunday. We really emphasized our combined game and creating scoring moments, and obviously that showed. We executed very well; scored some brilliant goals today. You scored seven goals in any which is really impressive. I am delighted with the way the team prepared for this week and prepared for this game. They executed the game plan and kept it the whole time and they didn’t. Don’t let the game loose.”

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SCORING SUMMARY

6′ – Evans ran away from a Chippewa defender and put up a perfect pass on the money that led to Koehler’s icebreaker. MSU 1, CMU 0

10′ – Evans secured a goal with an assist credited to Diodati. MSU 2, CMU 0

41′ – Andrus scored MSU’s third goal of the game on a rampage around the CMU goal, unassisted. MSU 3, CMU 0

42′ – Wickes scored with a right footed shot to the left corner of the goal, assisted by Labovic. MSU 4, CMU 0

64′ – DeBeau put the Spartans ahead 5-0 on an assist from White. MSU 5, CMU 0

66′ – Koehler added his second goal of the match with a pass from Labovic. MSU 6, CMU 0

79′ – Childers finished off Dalton’s home plate goal. MSU 7, CMU 0

UNTIL NEXT TIME

Michigan State women’s soccer remains on the shores of Red Cedar this weekend, as the Spartans host the Binghamton Bearcats in a 1 pm matchup at Old College Field.

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