Sept. 28, 2012
EAST LANSING, MICH. - The No. 22 Michigan State field hockey team shut out Indiana, 3-0, on Friday. Abby Barker scored twice and Jessica Lindner scored her first goal of the season for the Spartans. Redshirt junior Molly Cassidy recorded seven saves, as MSU improved their record to 6-5 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten.
“After last week’s losses, we focused on our weaknesses in preparation for this game,” said head coach Helen Knull. “We practiced really well all week and it showed today as we controlled the game. A huge difference was our ability to gain more corners than we have in recent games. The entire team took a step in the right direction tonight and I hope to see it continue into Monday’s game.”
In the 19th minute Barker's shot was deflected by Indiana goalkeeper Viki Green, and Lindner was there to put in the rebound for her first shot of the season.
Barker's hard shot from a yard out deflected off an Indiana defender and pushed MSU's lead to 2-0 at 56:22. The Spartan goal was off an assist from Katherine Jamieson.
Indiana called a time out at 64:30 to pull Green in favor of an extra field player. Just over a minute later, Barker scored her second of the game and tenth of the season on a breakaway. Allie Ahern picked up an assist on the play. The empty-net tally forced Indiana to put its goalie back in the game.
At the other end, Cassidy continued her strong play as she tallied seven saves and posted her second shut out of the season. Her first was a 1-0 victory over Miami on Sept. 2.
The Spartans had a 14-11 edge in shots and 7-5 lead in penalty corners.
MSU has another home game on Monday, Oct. 1, facing Pacific at noon. It is the final home game for the Spartans before a six-game road trip over the next three weekends.