Field Hockey Downs Pacific 7-0
Five different Spartans tally goals in offensive explosion
Sep 1, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State picked up its first win of the 2013 season when it defeated Pacific, 7-0, in the second game of its three-game road trip. The offensive explosion was highlighted by goals from five different Spartans, including a hat trick from junior forward Allie Ahern. MSU improves its record to 1-1 on the season.
Ahern's goal 1:18 into the game sparked the Spartan offense that would be relentless the rest of the game. MSU fired 22 shots on goal in the contest, held a 27-1 edge in shots and an 8-1 advantage in penalty corners. Ball possession helped MSU hold the Tigers to just one shot on goal for the game.
"Going into today's game, I told them to have the mindset of once they get in the circle to shoot the ball," said head coach Helen Knull. "We made a lot of passes in the circle on Friday when we had opportunities to shoot it, so today's score shows that we took advantage of those opportunities a lot better. If you are facing a lot of shots, you are feeling the pressure. That is really what I wanted to see happen today, and that is what the team did."
MSU went into the intermission leading 3-0 on 14 first-half shots and kept their foot on the gas, adding four second-half tallies.
"We had good depth today," said Knull. "The level of our play stayed up. It was a great team effort and win. We really stepped up our game in the second half, controlled the tempo and played a very solid second half of hockey."
Michigan State's seven goals were the most for the Spartans since September 4, 2010, when it defeated Pacific 10-0.
Senior captain Kristen Henn recorded both a goal and an assist for the Spartans, while freshmen Megan Fenton, Kristen Matula and Shelby Supica all tallied the first goals of their careers in the Green and White. Becky Stiles, Alli Helwig, Mallory Tyler and Katherine Jamieson picked up assists.
Michigan State takes on Stanford on Monday at 6 p.m. eastern to complete the road trip. The Spartans will debut at home next weekend with the Auto-Owners Insurance MSU Invitational. All games will take place on Michigan State's campus at Ralph Young Field on Friday, September 6th and Sunday, September 8th. MSU takes on Syracuse on Friday at 6:15 p.m. and Monmouth on Sunday at 11 a.m.