Southam Earns Hat Trick in Wolverine Rout of Michigan State

No. 9 Michigan earned its greatest goal total of the season en route to an 8-0 win against No. 24 Michigan State.

  • Sofia Southam posted three goals and an assist — her first collegiate hat trick — while Fay Keijer tallied two goals.
  • Anna Spieker posted a first-quarter save to secure her third complete-game shutout and U-M’s fifth shutout win in six games.

Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Phyllis Ocker Field)
Score: #9 Michigan 8, #24 Michigan State 0
Records: U-M (8-3, 2-1 B1G), MSU (5-6, 0-4 B1G)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Oct. 11 — at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio), 4 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Sophomore Sofia Southam posted a hat trick — the first of her collegiate career — to headline the No. 9-ranked University of Michigan field hockey team’s 8-0 win against No. 24 Michigan State on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 6) in front of a crowd of 1,058 at Phyllis Ocker Field.

Southam had a hand in half of the Wolverines’ goals with three markers and an assist, while senior Fay Keijer posted two goals, including the first and game-winning tally, for her second multi-goal effort in four games. Southam’s hat trick was the first for a Wolverine player since Emma Way tallied all three goals in a 3-0 win against Northwestern in the 2017 NCAA quarterfinals.

Keijer opened the scoring at the 12:43 mark, late in the first quarter, using a softball-swing shot to knock a rebound out of the air and into the MSU cage. Senior Guadalupe Fernandez Lacort, who earned two assists on the day, put the initial shot on goal with a juggled ball high over the MSU goalkeeper’s head. The Spartan batted the ball down, but Keijer connected mid-air for the first goal.

Southam tallied her first marker in the second quarter, at 20:24, on a penalty-corner shot to the lower-left corner. She added her second and third goals in the final minute of the second and fourth quarters, respectively, using a roofed reverse chip to the top shelf of the MSU cage at 29:25 and deflecting another corner shot off a Spartan defender at 59:39. In all, the Wolverines scored three goals of their penalty-corner attack.

Keijer also opened scoring less than a minute into the second half, at 30:34, on a behind-the-back deflection in front of the Michigan State cage. Fernandez Lacort put a shot on goal, and Keijer reached back to get her stick on it and redirected it through the goalkeeper’s legs. Keijer now leads the Wolverines with a career-best six goals.

Freshman Nina Apoola also earned her first collegiate goal late in the third quarter, at 43:57, when she tipped in a crossing pass from Southam from the right post. She is the 10th different Wolverine to score a goal this season.

Michigan outshot the Spartans, 35-1, and outcornered them, 15-0. Sophomore goalkeeper Anna Spieker earned one stop — after a turnover inside the Wolverine circle — to earn her third complete-game shutout of the season, while MSU goalkeeper Jade Arundell registered 15 saves.

The Wolverines (8-3, 2-1 Big Ten) will travel to Columbus, Ohio, for a pair of road games next weekend, facing host Ohio State at 4 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 11) and Ball State at noon on Sunday (Oct. 13) at Buckeye Turf Field.

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