BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – Michigan State women’s soccer is entering its 37th season and the second year of the Jeff Hosler will be on Thursday, August 18, as the Spartans take on the Bowling Green Falcons in a 7 p.m. kick-off at Cochrane Stadium.
HEAD COACH JEFF HOSLER SAID…
“There’s a lot of excitement around the program right now,” Hosler said. “We’re coming off a great dip in 2021, and we’ve got a really hungry group of players who will be ready to go into our season opener on Thursday. We were able, at the start of year two, to really establish a culture for a full year. We’ve built our identity as a program and the types of players we want to bring in. Throughout our spring season and now in our pre-season phase, we’ve really built our system of Game. “
MSU returns to action after a 10-5-3 overall record in the Fall 2021 roster highlighted by a 5-4-1 record in Big Ten Conference games. The Spartans finished fourth in the standings and lost a 1-0 decision to fifth-seeded Iowa in the first round of the Big Ten tournament. Michigan State is led on the field by reigning Big Ten Goaltender of the Year and United Soccer Coaches All-American Lauren Kozalin addition to 2021 All-Big Ten Second Team Selection Samantha White. In a preseason survey of Big Ten coaches, the Spartans were selected to finish sixth in the standings in 2022. Both Kozal and White landed a spot on the conference’s list of preseason players to watch. , with a graduate transfer. Ruby Diodati also makes an appearance.
SPIN THE RHYTHM
In Hosler’s first year in office, Michigan State recorded the largest single-season win increase in program history with nine additional wins. MSU turned a 2020-21 one-win slate into 10 wins in the 2021 fall campaign. The Spartans forced 16 more goals and allowed 10 fewer than the previous year. Despite being picked to finish 13th in the Big Ten in 2021, the Greens and Whites have landed in the top four in the standings. The team posted its best season against conference opponents since going 7-4-0 with a third-place finish in 2011.
FACING THE FALCONS
Under third-year head coach Jimmy Walker, Bowling Green steps onto the court for the first time after an 11-7-3 season that included a first-round outing to Michigan in the 2021 NCAA Tournament. Falcons won the Mid-American Conference regular season championship with an 8-2-1 league record and followed it up with the program’s fourth straight MAC Tournament title. BGSU is led by junior forward and 2021 MAC Tournament MVP Lacee Bethea, who finished second on the 2021 Falcons roster with seven goals scored.
SERIES HISTORY: BGSU
Michigan State and Bowling Green are meeting for the 23rd time in a historic series dating back to the 1987 season. The Spartans have historically outplayed the Falcons, possessing an 18-1-3 series advantage. MSU holds nine wins at Cochrane Stadium, suffering its only series loss on the road in 1999. Both teams played a 1-all tie in the 2021 campaign, as a junior Zivana Labovic clinched the only score for the Greens and Whites with a successful penalty in the third minute.
FOLLOW THE ACTION
Thursday’s season opener will air via ESPN+, as well as stream on BCSN statewide in Ohio with Brandon Loe and Chris Black calling for action. Authenticated subscribers can access the live simulcast of the game through the ESPN app on their computers, cell phones, tablets, smart TVs and other connected devices. Live statistics provided by Bowling Green State University are available by clicking here.
FOLLOW THE SPARTATS
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.