Heyboer's Two Goals Lead Spartans To NCAA Win

Michigan State defeats Wisconsin-Milwaukee in first round of tournament.

Freshman Laura Heyboer led the way for the Spartans in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday.

Nov. 14, 2008

Coach Saxton Post-Game Interview
Laura Heyboer Post-Game Interview

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Freshman Laura Heyboer scored a pair of goals to lead the Michigan State women's soccer team past No. 16 Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2-1, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, Nov. 14. Heyboer's two goals give the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year 21 this season.

Despite being outshot, 19-15, the Spartans (14-6-3) were able to make the most of their offensive opportunities, while preventing the Panthers (18-3-2) from doing the same.

"It was a great soccer game," MSU head coach Tom Saxton said. "I thought both teams had really good attacking play, and Laura Heyboer was Laura Heyboer today. She made two unbelievable plays on our two goals and it's just a great win and it's well-deserved by our kids."

MSU created a scoring opportunity right off the bat when junior Lauren Hill took a pass from the right wing, creating a one-on-one situation with UWM goalkeeper Erin Kane. Hill shot a screamer at Kane, only to be denied by a diving save.

UWM responded with a chance of its own, as Sarah Talbert took a wide-open shot from the top-right of the box, but MSU freshman goalkeeper Jill Flietstra was there to make the diving save.



Despite UWM controlling the tempo for much of the first 10 minutes, freshman Laura Heyboer was able to capitalize off of a gap in the Panther defense in the ninth minute.

Heyboer took the ball left of the midfield circle and outran two UWM defenders, sending a shot to the top-left of the net to tally the Spartans' first goal of the night.

UWM's best opportunity of the half came off of a Nicole Sperl corner kick, when Flietstra jumped to snag the ball out of a crowd of Panthers. Sarah Hagen took two shots at Flietstra after the ball slipped through her hands, and Keara Thompson followed with a rebound shot sent over the crossbar.

MSU finished the first stanza with eight shots, with the Panthers tallying 12.

Despite both teams employing a defensive strategy early on in the second half, the Spartans continued to create scoring chances. Heyboer bounced a shot past a charging Kane from the left side of the box 20 minutes in, which deflected off the left post. Heyboer followed with another attempt, but it was stopped by a Panther defender.

Heyboer was able to make the most of her next opportunity, scoring her second goal of the game on a sliding kick taken from the right side of the box that bounced into the back-left corner of the net.

The Panthers then struck in the 87th minute, when Kate Megna sent a ball into the box that deflected off of Spartan defender Kelley Amormino's foot to cut the MSU lead in half.

The Spartans move on to the second round to face the winner of No. 1 Notre Dame and Toledo on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 1:00 p.m.

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