Sep 8, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State defeated Monmouth 4-2 on Sunday in its last game of the Auto-Owners Insurance MSU Invitational. MSU was powered by a team effort, as four different Spartans found the back of the net, and used three second-half goals to erase a 2-1 halftime deficit. Michigan State improves its record to 2-3 on the season while Monmouth falls to 0-3.
"It took us about a half to really get going today," said head coach Helen Knull. "To Monmouth's credit, they scored two great goals in the first half and I think it was a wake up call for us. It's always good to see people finishing. Katherine (Jamieson) had a great goal for us and that was the energy spark that we needed."
MSU got the scoring started 7:32 into the game to take an early lead. Katherine Jamieson fired in a shot from the top of the circle that was redirected in front by Adelle Lever for her first goal of the season.
Monmouth responded in the 15th minute when Erin Hoag made a long pass up the right sideline to Amanda Schoenfeld, who had a breakaway to the net and scored the equalizer. The Hawks then took the lead in the 27th minute on a goal from Melanie Dawson off of Monmouth's first corner of the game.
The offensive chances piled up for Michigan State in the first half and despite out shooting the Hawks 12-3 in the opening half, the Spartans went into the break down by one.
"We had glimmers of Spartan hockey in the first half, but we just were not stringing it together," Knull said. "It is really easy to get frustrated when you're down, but you have just got to keep knocking. To the girls credit, they kept fighting and then the goals came."
It was Katherine Jamieson that put the Spartans back on top for good in the 55th minute. Adelle Leaver sent in a bouncing ball that Jamieson knocked out of the air and into the back of the net for the game-winning goal. It was Jamieson's first goal of the season.
"We had 12 shots in the first half and just weren't quite finishing it," midfielder Katherine Jamieson said. "We came out in the second half and had a little more fire. We had people diving on the field and getting goals and it was really fun to see people give that extra effort. When it's not going your way it gets frustrating. Helen came in and lit a fire under us and we all leaned on each other going back out after the half."
Allie Ahern put the game away with an insurance goal in the 67th minute when she dribbled down the middle of the field uncontested and beat Monmouth goalie Amanda Westerweller.
Westerweller made nine saves in the game for the Hawks and Michigan State goalie Molly Cassidy turned away six shots.
Michigan State will hit the road for its next game, to take on defending National Champion Princeton on Friday, September 13th at 6 p.m., followed by a meeting with Delaware (and former Spartan head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof) on Sunday, September 15th at 1 p.m.