EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's soccer team posted its seventh shutout of the season in a 4-0 win over Iowa on Sunday (Sept. 28) at DeMartin Stadium. MSU is now 10-1 overall and 2-0 in Big Ten play while Iowa drops to 5-5-1 and 0-1-1 in the conference.
MSU's 10 wins in 11 games this season is the fastest any Spartan team has reached the 10-win plateau in program history.
"The two things that excite me most about today's win are the adjustments we made at halftime and the contributions we got from so many people today in Kristi Timar's absence. It was truly a team win," said MSU head coach Tom Saxton.
As they've done in so many games this season, the Spartans wasted little time in getting an early lead. After a flurry of chances in front of the net that included two shots off the crossbar, Cara Freeman knocked home a rebound off a shot by Sarah Stern in the second minute of the game to give MSU a 1-0 lead. It was Freeman's eighth goal of the season.
MSU upped its lead to 2-0 in the 29th minute when the Big Ten's leading scorer, Laura Heyboer, scored from inside the penalty area. Hannah Peterson and Lauren Hill each picked up an assist on the goal.
Heyboer scored her second of the game, and 12th of the season, just under four minutes into the second half when she converted on a penalty kick after being taken down inside the penalty area. The goal gave Heyboer her fourth multi-goal game of the season.
Freshman Mikki Dennis scored her first-career goal off a free kick by Courtney Shegos in the 86th minute to close out the scoring and give MSU a 4-0 victory.
MSU outshot the Hawkeyes 14-9 for the game and junior goalkeeper Lindsey Wrege made one save in route to her sixth shutout of the season.
"Getting two wins this weekend was crucial," said Saxton. "It gives us more confidence heading into two, tough road games next weekend."
The Spartans will be back in action Friday (Oct. 3) when travel to Illinois to take on the Fighting Illini at 8 p.m. EDT.