Santi Nets Game-Winner as Time Expires to Give MSU the Victory
The senior forward earned her first goal of the year.
The Michigan State field hockey team defeated Miami of Ohio, 3-2, as time expired Friday afternoon in Oxford, Ohio. Senior forward Grace Santi netted the game-winner off a penalty corner after time expired.
The victory marks the second-straight win for the Spartans, advancing their overall record to 5-5 (0-1 Big Ten). Miami drops to 4-4 (2-0 Mid-American Conference).
How it happened:
Senior forward Sophie Macadré scored the first goal of the day in the seventh minute, when she took control of the ball at midfield and dribbled it all the way into the circle, before firing a one-timer into the back of the net.
In the 13th minute, Miami earned a penalty corner. The Redhawks tied the game at 1-all with the goal.
As time expired in the first half, Miami was assessed a penalty corner. The Redhawks fired a shot that went just wide to end the first half tied at 1-1.
The Redhawks had three early chances in the second half on penalty corners, but the Spartans came up with huge saves on all three attempts, keeping the score locked at 1-all.
MSU earned a penalty corner in the 46th minute, but the Miami goalkeeper was able to deflect the initial shot. The Spartans played the rebound and got two additional shots off, both of which were stopped by the Redhawks.
Miami took a 2-1 lead on a goal in the 57th minute.
In the 62nd minute, Anderson tied the game back up at 2-2, playing the rebound off a missed shot.
For the next eight minutes, both teams battled at both ends of the field and kept the score tied at two apiece.
As time expired, the Spartans were awarded a penalty corner. MSU entered the ball into play via Macadre, however, the Spartans were stopped, earning another corner after time had run off the clock.
The second penalty corner was also unsuccessful, but the Green and White earned a third corner on which they found the back of the net. Anderson played the ball directly off the penalty corner, sending it to Santi who claimed the game-winner.
Santi earned her first goal of 2017 in prime-time fashion, netting the game-winner after time had expired.
Macadré also scored for the Spartans, earning her fourth goal of the season.
Anderson scored the tying goal, bringing the score to 2-all. The goal marked Anderson's sixth. The redshirt senior also earned the only assist of the day, tossing it to Santi for the game-winner.
Fletcher had 35 minutes in net for the Green and White, tallying two saves.
Miller ended the game in net, registering three saves.
"I am proud with the adjustments we made this week in practice that paid off today," said head coach Helen Knull. "Both teams battled through the heat today and it was great to see the Spartans convert on a corner with time expiring at the end of the game. Our senior class led the way today; Simone Vagnoni was a difference maker in the backfield and goals came from Sophie (Macadré), Kendal (Anderson) and Grace (Santi). Now it's time to move on and prepare for our next Big Ten game Sunday against Ohio State."
The Spartans wrap up their Ohio road-trip with a pit stop in Columbus on Sunday. MSU will take on Big Ten opponent Ohio State in a 1 p.m. faceoff.