Sep 2, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State fell to No. 12 Stanford, 5-2, on Monday evening. Heather Howie led the Spartan offense, scoring her first two goals of the season. The Spartans' record falls to 1-2 on the season while Stanford improves to 1-1.
The Cardinal jumped out early, scoring 3:39 into the game, taking a lead they wouldn't give back. Stanford tacked on two more goals to take a 3-0 lead into intermission.
The Spartans came out of the break looking to turn the game in their favor when Howie cut the lead to two 1:22 into the second half. Stanford proved to be too much, adding on two more goals and opening up a four-goal lead. Howie tacked on her second goal of the game with 39 seconds remaining, bringing the game to its final score of 5-2. Kristen Henn assisted on the goal, picking up her second assist in as many games.
"Heather Howie was fantastic today," said head coach Helen Knull. "She really led our team on the offensive side of things, which was great to see her stepping up. There was a lot of play between the midfielders which shows that, despite it being a 5-2 score, we had a lot of opportunities, with the difference being that Stanford did an excellent job finishing in the attacking 25."
"They fought the entire duration of the game. There was no giving up and they were pushing and fighting the whole way. The team fought for 70 minutes, and I'm pleased with the effort."
Maddie Secco and Hope Burke each scored 2 goals for the Cardinal.
Stanford held the edge in shots on goal, 9-6, with penalty corners
being even at four apiece. Goalkeeper Molly Cassidy made four saves in
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.