National Spotlight Hits East Lansing as Women’s Soccer Hosts Rival-Michigan

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EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State women’s soccer returns home on Sunday, Oct. 9, as the Spartans play host to the Michigan Wolverines at DeMartin Stadium in a nationally televised contest on Big Ten Network.
“I don’t think our group is worried about our start to Big Ten play, or where we are in the league standings. It’s just the constant process of being the best every day that we can. So, for us, it’s about training to the best of our ability today. It’s about doing our best scouting that we can do today. We can’t look ahead to anything else. The game on Sunday will be the game on Sunday. It’s about the process of being prepared and giving our best every time out. That’s what put us in the position where we are today. The results will only come if we are the harder-working and more competitive group.”

The Spartans continue the 2022 season following its most consequential road trip of the year, as MSU downed then-No. 6 Penn State by a 2-1 score on Sept. 29, before dominating Maryland, 4-0, on Oct. 2, winning road contests against both opponents for the first time. MSU is off to its best start to Big Ten play in program history, boasting a 4-0-1 league record in addition to the team’s 9-1-3 overall ledger through this point in the year. The Green & White are receiving votes in the most recent United Soccer Coaches poll, released on Oct. 4. MSU received the most votes out of all teams outside the top 25. Michigan State has seen a quintet of players land a total of seven Big Ten women’s soccer weekly honors, an MSU program record for a single season. Jordyn Wickes and Lauren Kozal won Offensive Player and Goalkeeper of the Week, respectively, on Oct. 4.
Fifth-year head coach Jennifer Klein leads Michigan into Sunday afternoon’s contest boasting a 6-4-3 overall record coupled with a 1-2-2 mark in Big Ten Conference play. The team is coming off an undefeated weekend last week after dispatching Minnesota, 1-0, and tying Iowa 1-1. The Wolverines return to action following a historic 2021 campaign that featured a Big Ten Tournament Championship in addition to an NCAA Tournament Elite Eight bid. Scoring leaders in graduate midfielder Meredith Haakenson and junior forward Sammi Woods are tied atop the team leaderboard with 15 points this year. Tending goal, graduate keeper Izzy Nino has racked up 31 saves so far in 2022 and leads the team in shutouts with three. Nino has started all but two games for UM.
A part of one of the most contentious rivalries in college athletics, Michigan and Michigan State prepare for the 37th meeting of the all-time series on Sunday. UM holds a narrow 16-13-7 edge overall and has won each of the last four contests. Home field has played a significant role in the outcome of each game, with both programs dominating at their respective facilities. The Spartans are 9-4-4 in games played at DeMartin Stadium on Old College Field. MSU’s most recent win was a 2-1 victory at home over the Wolverines on Oct. 15, 2017. Last season’s game in Ann Arbor finished in 1-0 fashion in favor of Michigan.
Click the link here to be redirected to the ticket purchasing page for Sunday afternoon’s in-state rivalry test against Michigan. General admission tickets are available now online and at the gate beginning one hour before kick. Tickets for individual adults are available for $5, while individual youth and senior tickets are available for $3. All Michigan State students will be granted free admission to the game with a valid MSU ID. Children under the age of 8 will be admitted for free. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 1-800-GO-STATE. Gates will open one hour before the start of the game.
Sunday afternoon’s rivalry matchup will be broadcast to a national television audience on Big Ten Network, with Connor Onion and Jenny Manny on the call. Authenticated subscribers can access the live simulcast of each game via the Fox Sports app on their computers, mobile phones, tablets, smart TVs and other connected devices. Live stats via StatBroadcast are available here.
Visit for more information on Michigan State women’s soccer. Fans can keep up to date with the Spartan women’s soccer team on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter by following @MSU_WSoccer.

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