EAST LANSING, Mich. – Led by a brace from freshman Bella Najera, fifth-seeded and 20th-ranked Michigan State women’s soccer knocked off Ohio, 3-0, in the first round of the 2023 NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament Friday night at DeMartin Stadium.
MSU moves to 13-4-3 with the win, while Ohio ends its season at 9-8-5. The Spartans’ win marked their fourth NCAA Tournament overall win and have now advanced to the NCAA Second Round in back-to-back seasons for the first time in program history.
The Spartans will play fourth-seeded Harvard in the second round, set for Thursday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. ET in Provo, Utah.
“We talked with the team about seasonal stamina and last year’s team going into playing all three games in the Big Ten tournament to playing in the NCAA Tournament,” said head coach Jeff Hosler. They know how to approach that whole process a little better and stay in the moment too. When you stay in the moments, you get more of them, your season gets extended. I think this groups built for a run, they’re hungry, we’re in a pretty good spot, we’re playing some really good soccer. I think those past experiences they’ll continue to draw experiences on with our experienced players and our new kids have stepped up in…