Sept. 16, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Sophomore Abby Barker’s unassisted goal in the ninth minute of overtime led the No. 19 Michigan State field hockey team over Louisville, 2-1. The match on Sunday, Sept. 16, served as the championship round of the Auto-Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational. Barker scored both Spartan goals and redshirt junior Molly Cassidy tallied two saves for MSU.
“We made adjustments from Friday going into this game,” said head coach Helen Knull. “It was great to see that the team stayed poised the entire game and went into overtime strong. We really improved our ability to move the ball through the midfield and limit the number of defensive corners we gave up.”
Michigan State got on the scoreboard at 22:20 in the first half off a corner that was inserted by Katherine Jamieson. Jessica Lindner stopped then shot the ball from the top of the circle which Barker deflected into the net.
The Cardinals scored off a corner in the 45th minute by Alyssa Voelmle. Voelmle connected on a pass from Haley Jurich and scored into the top right corner of the net after clearing her way through MSU’s defense.
The final goal of the game came in overtime by Barker. Forward Heather Howie dribbled the ball down the field to the outside of the circle where she was fouled. With control of the ball after the foul, Barker dribbled into the circle and shot from eight yards out for the unassisted game-winning goal.
The Spartans outshot the Cardinals 9-6. Louisville led in corners with six, while MSU had four.
The two weekend wins improved the MSU record to 5-3 and titled them the Auto-Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational Champions. The Cardinals hold the same record as the Spartans after today's match.
American won the consolation round of the tournament against Central Michigan University, 2-1. Jaclyn Anspach and Shelly Montgomery scored for the Eagles.
“Coming out of the weekend with two wins sets us up really well for when we enter Big Ten play next weekend,” said Knull.
The Spartans will begin Big Ten contests at home against Iowa on Friday, Sept. 21. The team will then travel to Duke for a match on Sunday, Sept. 23.