Sept. 20, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State picked up its third win of the season by defeating Northeastern 2-0 on Friday afternoon. The Spartan offense was led by Allie Ahern and Kristen Henn, who each picked up a goal en route to helping MSU improve to 3-5 on the season.
Ahern gave Michigan State a 1-0 lead in the 33rd minute, giving the Spartans the advantage heading into the half. Senior Katherine Jamieson picked up her third assist of the season on the play by sending a pass in front of the net that found Ahern, who finished the play with her team-leading seventh goal of the season. Ahern has now scored a goal in four consecutive games.
"Allie is getting herself open so she can finish," said head coach Helen Knull. "She is working hard to get herself in a situation where she can finish which only sounds very simple - but she is doing very well."
The game was delayed due to lighting for 47 minutes shortly after the second half began. Not long after play resumed, Kristen Henn scored the insurance goal that put MSU up 2-0 in the 42nd minute. Jenni Smith picked up an assist on the play after sending in a shot off of a corner that Henn then redirected in front for her second goal of the season.
"The delay was tough because we had momentum before the weather warning," Knull said. "To start the half, we were getting a lot of opportunities when the lighting came, so we just had to stay focused. We had opportunities and chances we just didn't finish, so it was good to see us get that second goal."
"We knew we had to keep intensity up for the entire 70 minutes. Coming
into today, that was our focus from the first whistle and we managed
to play our hockey for the duration of the game."
Michigan State held that two-goal lead for the remainder of the game, using their offensive attack to generate chances and keep the ball on their end. The Spartans held an 18-4 edge in shots, forcing Northeastern goalie Becky Garner to make 10 saves.
Molly Cassidy turned away two NU shots and earned her first shutout of the season.
MSU returns to action on Sunday at 11 a.m. to take on No. 20 Old Dominion.