Sept. 21, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The No. 15 Michigan State field hockey team fell to No. 13 Iowa, 1-0, on Friday, Sept. 21, at Ralph Young Field. Goalkeeper Molly Cassidy tallied eight saves for the Spartans, who fall to 5-4 on the season.
“We struggled to get into our groove and play our own style,” said head coach Helen Knull. “There is a long way to go in Big Ten season and we need to continue to improve our game.”
Jessica Barnett scored the Hawkeye goal in the first few minutes of the second half. The Iowa goal came off of a corner and was deflected into the goal by Barnett just a yard out from the box.
Both teams worked for possession as shots were tallied and only one goal was scored.
Spartan field hockey defense was resilient in the game, as Iowa outshot MSU, 18-7. The Hawkeyes tallied nine corners while the Spartans recorded two, both in the second half.
Sophomore Alli Helwig recorded her third defensive save of the season for the Spartans.
MSU will travel to Duke for its 1 p.m. game on Sunday, Sept. 23.