Sept. 25, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich.-In its first home match of the season, the Michigan State field hockey team (5-6, 0-1 Big Ten) droppedKent State 2-1, in overtime. Freshman midfielder Becky Stiles recorded the game-winning goal, while redshirt sophomore Elizabeth Helffrich sent the game to overtime with a second-half equalizer. Redshirt goaltender Molly Cassidy tallied three saves in MSU's fifth victory of the season.
"It was great to be home and it was great to get a win at home," commented head coach Helen Knull. "For the girls, it's been a lot. We've had five games in eight days. For them to get out and play and be ready to go today was huge."
Kent State notched the only goal of the first period when Debbie Bell scored her tenth goal of the season at 6:15. Bell received the ball in the middle of the circle and sent a reverse chip shot over Cassidy into the top of the net.
The Spartans tied the game 10 minutes into the second half. Freshman Heather Howie gathered the ball along the baseline and sent it to the stroke line. Helffrich was able to direct the ball into the left corner of the cage to notch her third goal of the season.
Both teams remained scoreless during the remainder of regulation. The Spartans headed into the overtime period with a man advantage after Kent State's Julia Hofmann received a yellow card. With under four minutes to go, freshman forward Abby Barker hustled down the endline, causing a Kent State defender to foul her. The Spartans were awarded a penalty corner.
On the corner play, redshirt senior back Angie Lucik found Stiles up at the top of the circle. Stiles sent a shot flying into the cage to secure MSU's victory. The game-winning goal also counted as the freshman's first goal of the season.
Michigan State was outshot by the Golden Flashes, 8-6, and was edged in corner plays, 6-5.
The Spartans remain at home this upcoming week, hosting Big Ten opponent Northwestern on Thursday and New Hampshire on Sunday. The match against the Wildcats will air on BigTenNetwork.com and begins at 3 p.m.