Aug. 18, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- - Michigan State drops to rival Michigan in an exhibition match 2-1. The exhibition game gave both teams an opportunity to work under game conditions and allowed most of the roster a chance to play.
After a scoreless first half, Allie Ahern scored the first goal of the game for State at 7:26 in the second half. Michigan's Taryn Mark scored five minutes later into the second half. Following was Michigan's Leslie Smith with a goal from a penalty kick.
Both Molly Cassidy and Sierra Patton had time in the goal while many substitutes took place for the entire roster to have a chance on the field. Heather Howie, Christie Jones, and Ahern had two shots on goal each.
"We have some stuff to work on this week, but tactically we are headed in the right direction," said head coach Helen Knull. "It was great to get a game played under our belt. When looking at this season we have a lot more experience compared to last season. When the girls were getting tired during the game, it was clear they were playing harder for their teammates, not for themselves."
Following the end of regular game time, both teams were able to practice their corner plays and a mock shoot out. The exhibition allowed all players to work on fundamentals, set plays, and their technique.
Michigan State begins nonconference play next weekend in Maine. The Spartans begin play against Boston College on August 24 at 1 p.m. Next up they take on Maine at 12 p.m. on August 26.