Michigan State No. 6 ready to compete for first-ever B1G tournament title


Columbus, Ohio- Sixth-seeded Michigan State women’s soccer seeks its first Big Ten tournament title as the Spartans take on the 21st-seeded and sixth-seeded Penn State on Sunday, November 6. The kick off time for the B1G Championship is set at 2 p.m. at Lower.com Field, home of Major League Soccer’s Columbus team.


“Obviously it’s been an incredible regular season for this group, including going undefeated in conference and winning our first trophy together. I think this group is hungry for more. It’s an incredible opportunity, with an environment and great atmosphere. We will use a spectacular facility at Lower.com Field and have a chance to play on national television again for our second title in 2022. I’m thrilled to see a quality game of football, and I’m thrilled to see our team give their best.”


With its Big Ten Tournament semifinal win over Nebraska on Thursday, the Spartans qualified for the tournament championship for the first time in program history. graduate ahead Camryn Evans clinched the opener early in the first half with an assist from freshman midfielder Courtney Koehler, but Nebraska responded later in the period to stall the game at halftime. Koehler responded in the second half with his own goal, sending his third goal of the season into the back of the net for the game winner. In the process, MSU notched its one-season program record 16th win and 10th straight, culminating in an overall record of 16-1-3.


Head coach Erica Dambach guides Penn State into the Big Ten championship game with a 12-4-3 overall record, highlighted by a 5-3-2 finish in the B1G regular season. A perennial Big Ten Conference powerhouse, Penn State is in the hunt for its ninth Big Ten tournament title, winning its most recent crown of the 2019 season. The Nittany Lions scored first two goals for a 2-0 win over Northwestern in the semi-finals. Senior forward Ally Schlegel is on an absolute tear offensively, recording 11 total goals and 24 points so far this season, leading all Penn State players. Senior Katherine Asman paces the team with 69 saves between the posts.


Entering the 31st all-time meeting of the two programs and second this season, Penn State is 24-6-0 in the series, but fell in the last meeting earlier this season. In games played at neutral sites, Michigan State trails Penn State by a 2-0-0 tally. MSU posted five of its six home wins at East Lansing and recorded its first road win of the 2022 campaign. The Spartans and Nittany Lions are meeting in the playoffs for the third time in history, Penn State having won the previous two meetings at the Big Ten tournament in 1995 and 2008. In what was the highest-ranked win in program history at the time, Michigan State toppled then-No. 6 Penn State in a 2-1 game at University Park on September 29. The game was MSU’s first road win in the series ever.


Click the link here to be taken to the ticket purchase page for Sunday afternoon’s Big Ten Tournament Championship Game from Lower.com Field. Click the link here to be taken to Lower.com’s field bag policy, list of prohibited items and general stadium information including transportation, parking and more. As a reminder, any form of tailgating is prohibited in and around the establishment. Click the link here to visit the central webpage for the 2022 Big Ten Conference Women’s Soccer Tournament.


Sunday afternoon’s Big Ten Tournament Championship Game will be televised to a national television audience on the Big Ten Network, with Dean Linke and Jenny Manny on the call. Authenticated subscribers can access the live simulcast of the game through the Fox Sports app on their computers, cell phones, tablets, smart TVs and other connected devices. Live stats provided by the Big Ten Conference via StatBroadcast can be found here.


Visit MSUSpartans.com 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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