EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State women's soccer shutout Detroit Mercy, 3-0, on Sunday afternoon at DeMartin Stadium. The Spartans improve to 5-1-0 and an undefeated 4-0-0 at home this season.
This is the Spartans best start at home since the 2009 season when the team started 6-0-0.
"We had a great crowd right from the get-go and I told the team at half time that we had a great crowd, and it's a perfect day to play soccer so let's go out there and show them," MSU head coach Tom Saxton said. "I am very appreciative of the people who came out, and we always enjoy being in doubleheaders with our men's program. I wish them all the best this afternoon."
Redshirt goalkeeper Lauren Kozal earned her second shutout of the season, with two saves. Senior defender Kassidy Madrigal and freshman defender Bria Schrotenboer stood strong on the Spartan backline, only allowing two shots the entire game.
Michigan State came into the game looking to bounce back after falling to Butler on the road on Thursday, Sept. 5. The Spartans owned a 12-2 shot on goal advantage, with five shots on goal in the second 45 minutes.
After a slow start offensively, the Spartans started to pick up momentum throughout the second half.
"Not the response I wanted in terms of effort in the first half, but gradually things started to get better," Saxton said. "I think everybody recognized the disjointed play that we had and people tried to fix it. Down the stretch, a good credit to some of the reserves that came on. They did some nice things, and we did score some nice goals in the second half so that was good."
MSU had a couple of scoring opportunities in the opening minutes, the Spartans were able to put one in the back of the net in the 10th minute of play to go up 1-0.
Junior midfielder Danielle Stephan had a long pass to sophomore forward Gia Wahlberg on the left side, who outran the Titan defender one-on-one before firing a shot past goalkeeper Cassidy Joslin.
Wahlberg scored her seventh goal of the season, while Stephan notched her fifth assist. With the assist, Stephan surpassed her team-high four assists in 2018.
Junior midfielder Bella Jodzis increased Michigan State's lead to two in the 59th minute after a blast from inside the box that went into the top left corner of the net past Joslin. Sophomore forward Camryn Evans tallied her third assist of the season.
Wahlberg scored her second goal of the game and seventh of the season in the 67th minute on a deep shot that sailed into the top corner. Wahlberg ties the 2018 goal scoring leader, Evans, with her seventh goal.
UP NEXT: The Spartans look to continue defending DeMartin on Thursday, Sept. 12 as the team hosts Bowling Green under the lights at 7 p.m.