Central Michigan Upsets No. 5 Michigan State
Sept. 26, 2007
MT. PLEASANT, Mich. - The Central Michigan field hockey team jumped out to a one-goal lead in the first half and never looked back as it stunned No. 5 Michigan State, 3-2, Wednesday afternoon. Central Michigan who never trailed, was outshot by the Spartans, 18-5, but thanks to the stellar play of freshman goalie Louise Gericke the Chippewas hung on for the victory.
"They worked harder for it than we did," said MSU head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof. "Central showed us that our Spartan skill and talent were not enough to win a game, you have to come out with the fighter's mentality that they did today."
CMU (1-6) came out tough on defense against a Spartan offense that has averaged 5.5 goals per game this season, tops in the nation. The game looked like it was headed for a scoreless first half when at 29:55 Moyra Bertuzzi of CMU scored in front of the net on an assist from teamate Samantha Sandham. MSU answered quickly as Gwen Riley scrambled through the middle of the circle to score her fifth goal of the season with 2:50 left to play in the first half.
The second half was much the same for MSU as it continued to dominate in ball control, but were getting caught out of position on defense. In the 50th minute of the game, Central Michigan's Jordan Kelly scored on an assist from Samantha Sandham, her second of the game. Just over five minutes later however, MSU's Jantine Steinmetz had an unassisted goal, her 10th of the season, after she stole the ball and took advantage of the one-on-one with the goalie. The game looked like it was headed for overtime when with 1:44 left to play in regulation, CMU's Allyce Avery broke away down the right side, centered the ball into freshman Kim Sihota, and Sihota one timed it passed sophomore Elissa Unger for the game-winning goal.
The Spartans took the edge in statistics against CMU, outshooting their opponent 18-5, and recording 9-1 ratio in penalty shots. But Central Michigan's defense was too much, as it held MSU to its lowest scoring output of the year.
Michigan State (9-2) next travels to North Carolina for a 6:30 p.m. showdown with Davidson on Friday, Sept. 28. It follows up on Sunday, Sept. 30 with a game against No. 4 Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, N.C.
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