National spotlight hits East Lansing as women’s soccer hosts Rival-Michigan


EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State women’s soccer comes home Sunday, October 9, as the Spartans host 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 the Big Ten, or our position 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 abilities today. It’s about doing the best scouting we can do today. We can’t expect anything else. Sunday’s game will be Sunday’s game. It’s all about the process of preparing and giving our best every time. That’s what got us into the position we are in today. The results will only come if we are the most hardworking and competitive group.”

The Spartans continue the 2022 season after their most significant road trip of the year, as MSU beat then No. 6 Penn State 2-1 on September 29 before dominating Maryland 4-0 , on October 2, winning road competitions against both opponents for the first time. MSU is off to its best start in Big Ten program history, with a 4-0-1 league record in addition to the team’s overall ledger of 9-1-3 at this point in the year. The Greens and Whites receive votes in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll, released on October 4. MSU received the most votes of any team outside of the top 25. Michigan State saw a quintet of players earn a total of seven Big Ten weekly women’s soccer honors, an MSU program record for a single season. . Jordyn Wickes and Lauren Kozal won Offensive Player and Goaltender of the Week, respectively, on October 4.


Fifth-year head coach Jennifer Klein leads Michigan into Sunday afternoon’s contest with a 6-4-3 overall record coupled with a 1-2-2 mark in Big Ten Conference play . The team is coming off an unbeaten weekend last week after beating Minnesota 1-0 and tying Iowa 1-1. The Wolverines return to action after a historic 2021 campaign that included a Big Ten Tournament championship in addition to a bid for the NCAA Elite Eight Tournament. Leading scorers in graduate midfielder Meredith Haakenson and junior forward Sammi Woods are tied for the top of the team standings with 15 points this year. A trend goal, graduate goaltender 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.


In one of the most contentious rivalries in college athletics, Michigan and Michigan State prepare for the 37th all-time series meeting on Sunday. UM holds a narrow overall advantage of 16-13-7 and has won each of the past four contests. The home ground played a significant role in the outcome of each match, 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 win at home to the Wolverines on October 15, 2017. Last season’s game in Ann Arbor ended 1-0 in favor of Michigan.


Click the link here to be taken to the ticket purchase page for Sunday afternoon’s In-State Rivalry Test against Michigan. General admission tickets are available now online and at the door starting one hour before kickoff. Individual adult tickets are available for $5, while individual youth and senior tickets are available for $3. All Michigan State students will enjoy free entry to the game with a valid MSU ID. Children under 8 will be admitted free. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 1-800-GO-STATE. Doors will open one hour before the start of the game.


Sunday afternoon’s rivalry match 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 every game through the Fox Sports app on their computers, cell phones, tablets, smart TVs and other connected devices. Live statistics via StatBroadcast are available here.


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