The Michigan State women's soccer team recorded their eighth consecutive win in defeating Detroit, 5-1, Wednesday, Sept. 17 afternoon. MSU's perfect 8-0 record is the best start in school history.
"It's certainly exciting," said MSU head coach Tom Saxton. "All credit to the players. They've had a great attitude from day one. The veterans have welcomed the freshman and the chemistry is developing game-in and game-out.
It's exciting for all of us and that confidence just continues to grow. So, we're certainly excited about the start."
The Spartans took the play to the Titans from the outset, firing four shots in the first 15 minutes of the match. All the pressure resulted in a corner kick which set up the first goal of the game as Cara Freeman headed in a ball off a rebound past Detroit goalkeeper Joanna Hinde for her seventh goal of the season.
Spartan Junior goalkeeper Lindsey Wrege was called upon sparingly but made her biggest save of the game just seconds after MSU's first goal when she robbed Detroit's Selena Stanski with a spectacular diving save. The Spartans then turned up the offensive pressure, scoring twice on their next five shots. Lauren Hill and Lauren Sinacola teamed up on a nice give-and-go in the 22nd minute that resulted in Hill's eighth goal of the season.
"The goal is definitely a credit to my teammates. Lauren (Sinacola) did all the work and I just put it in," Hill said.
MSU leading scorer Laura Heyboer got in on the action just over four minutes later, scoring off another Sinacola pass to make it 3-0. Heyboer has now recorded at least one point in seven of eight games this season.
After outshooting the Titans 10-2 in the first half, MSU continued to impose its will, keeping play in the Detroit end of the field in the second half. Hill scored her second goal of the game, and eight of the season, in the 59th minute to boost the lead to 4-0. After taking a pass from Heyboer, Hill chipped the ball just over the outstretched hands of Hinde.
Detroit broke MSU's bid for a sixth shutout of the season, converting on a penalty kick in the 89th minute.
However, MSU would get the goal back just 42 seconds later when a pair of Spartans recorded their first-career points as junior Kate Rehor scored off a pass from freshman Taylor Miller.
"We threw a lot at them offensively," said Saxton. "We have a lot weapons and a lot of depth in terms of our offensive attack. They actually hung in there pretty tough. I think for them to come back and get a goal on us is a credit to Detroit and their coaching staff."
The Spartans outshot the Titans 18-5 for the game. For the match, Hill finished with two goals, Heyboer with a goal and an assist and Sinacola with two assists.
MSU will travel to Provo, Utah to take on BYU this Friday, Sept. 19 at 9 p.m. EDT.