Sept. 2, 2012
WATCH: MSU vs. Miami Highlights
EAST LANSING, MICH. - The Michigan State field hockey team (3-1) won its third straight game, taking down Miami (0-4) in a 1-0 shutout at Ralph Young Field. Junior Kristen Henn scored the game-winning goal for the Spartans in the second half. Molly Cassidy made six saves for the Spartans, picking up her first shutout of the season.
“Going into today, we had confidence coming off of a big win against Stanford,” said head coach Helen Knull. “The first half, we struggled with the fluidity of the game. We are working hard as a team to get a decent consistency from game to game, and building our offense.”
Michigan State and Miami faced a defensive struggle the first half of the game, with both teams unable to score.
A chance for another Spartan goal came in the 56th minute as Abby Barker was awarded a penalty shot. Barker received the penalty shot after a Miami defender tackled her from behind as she was breaking towards the goal. The shot was saved by Miami goalkeeper Sarah Mueller.
The Spartans outshot the RedHawks by an 11-7 margin, and each team had five penalty corners. MSU received two green cards and one yellow card during game play. Miami was given one green card.
The Spartans continue their seven-game homestand next weekend against No. 8 Virginia and No. 21 Northeastern. The Green and White will play Friday, Sept. 7, at 3 p.m. against the Cavaliers, and Sunday, Sept. 9, at 2 p.m. against the Huskies.