No. 8 Spartans drop Indiana, 6-2
Oct. 9, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Michigan State used a hat trick from senior Jeamie Deacon and seven saves from senior Elissa Unger to defeat the Indiana Hoosiers 6-2 Friday afternoon in Bloomington. The win improves MSU's record to 10-3 and 2-0 in Big Ten play while Indiana drops to 7-5 overall and 1-2 in Big Ten play.
"It's always good to get a Big Ten win on the road," said head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof. "To do it against a much improved Indiana team the way we did is just great."
Michigan State opened the scoring when Deacon scored off a penalty corner from sophomore Angie Lucik and junior Joelle van Ierland at the 14:52 mark. Less than three minutes later Deacon was on the board again when she poked in a rebound off a missed shot. Junior Jantine Steinmetz pushed the Spartan lead to 3-0 when she took a pass on the break from junior Julie Mackay and beat the keeper low. The Spartans finished their first half barrage when freshman Manouk Vernij scored off a penalty corner from Lucik and van Ierland to make it 4-0 Spartans heading into the break.
Indiana came out strong to start the second half when Haley Funk beat Unger on a penatly stroke at the 45:31 mark. Less than three minutes later, the Spartans lead was down to two when Katie Griswold took a pass from Meg O'Connell and beat Unger. MSU uped its lead to three again when senior Floor Rijpma fired a loose ball past the Indiana keeper. Deacon completed her hat trick at the 65:47 mark when she scored off yet another Spartan corner making the final mark 6-2 Spartans.
"It was nice to continue to get strong minutes out of Jeamie," van de Kerkhof said. "Today she showed just how good of a player she is."
The Spartans return to action this Sunday when they welcome Central Michigan to Ralph Young Field for a noon matchup.
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