Sep 6, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State fell to No.5 Syracuse 4-0 on Friday evening. The Orange improve their record to 3-0 while MSU drops to 1-3 on the season.
The game started off as a possession battle, with each team having equal opportunities in the game's early stages until Syracuse broke the tie 21:08 into the game. Michigan State turned the ball over on its own 40-yard line, allowing Emma Russell to dribble down the left side and beat the diving Molly Cassidy, who came out to challenge her.
The Orange extended their lead to two with under a minute remaining in the half. Syracuse was awarded a corner and capitalized on the late opportunity. Leonie Geyer sent in a shot off the corner that bounced of Cassidy's right pad and into the back of the net.
"I think for us, fitness and legs were good," said head coach Helen Knull. "We just have to take care of the ball and attack in numbers. I thought the first 15-20 minutes we had our chances and didn't finish. Syracuse came down and scored and it took us a while to get our legs going again after that. It's tough when you get two quick goals scored on you going into the half and it kind of knocks the wind out of your sails.
"I think for us looking back, from game one of the season to now, we are making improvements," Knull said. "For the girls, they feel like they are not getting any improvement because of the score. We have just got to get better in the attacking 25 and attacking 50."
The Orange?s third goal came 2:43 into the second half on Lauren Brooks' shot off acorner that was redirected in front by Geyer. Syracuse added one more with just under ten minutes remaining to bring the score to 4-0.
Michigan State returns to action on Sunday September 8th at 11 a.m. against Monmouth at Ralph Young Field. Syracuse will play Kent State following the Michigan State game at 1:30 p.m. Sunday concludes the Auto-Owners Insurance MSU Invitational.