Field Hockey Drops 4-2 Decision to No. 15 Indiana
IU 4, MSU 2
Oct. 9, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Despite freshman Abby Barker's two-goal performance, the Michigan State field hockey team was topped on the road by No. 15 Indiana, 4-2. Barker extended her goal-scoring streak to three games,and has accounted for five of the Spartans' six goals scored in the past four games. The loss moves the Spartans to 0-3 in Big Ten play and 6-9 overall.
"As a team we made huge strides today in our preparation and execution of the game plan," said head coach Helen Knull. "Abby Barker was a spark on offense and Molly Cassidy came up with some big saves in the goal. Indiana did an excellent job on their penalty corners, and that was a game changer. We get back to campus and have three days to get ready for Ohio State on Friday."
The Hoosiers were able to capitalize on offense first when Breanna Moeljadi scored off of her shot on a corner play at 9:50. As time was winding down in the half, Barker was able to gather up Jessica Lindner's deflection and sneak the ball past goaltender Viki Green. Two minutes later, Jaclyn Zamudio put Indiana up 2-1 going into halftime, picking up a blocked shot and scoring her fifth goal of the season.
Barker tied the game time three minutes into the second half. The freshman gathered the ball in a scrum in front of the cage and deposited into the net for her eighth goal of the season.
Indiana's Morgan Fleetwood recorded the eventual game-winning goal at 56:11 when she scored off of a deflection of a previous shot. Zamudio notched her second goal of the game to secure the Hoosiers second conference victory when she tipped in a pass from Katie Griswold.
Molly Cassidy recorded five saves in the match. Indiana edged the Spartans in both penalty corners, 7-2, and shots 15-8.
Next up for the Spartans is a showdown with Ohio State at home on Friday, Oct. 14th at 3 p.m.