Oct. 12, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - No. 19 Michigan State dropped its match against No. 16 Michigan, 3-2 in overtime. With two goals, Abby Barker led MSU on the scoreboard, while goaltender Molly Cassidy notched five saves in the contest. With the loss, the Spartans’ record fell to 8-7 overall and 2-2 in the Big Ten.
“We came out with the intensity we needed to control the game,” said head coach Helen Knull. “In the second half we gave Michigan too much space and too many opportunities. We need to execute better on corners in the future.”
Just under two minutes into the match, Barker stole the ball from the Michigan defense for a turnover that led to a goal. Barker scored with a high shot into the net, as Michigan’s goaltender, Haley Jones dove out of the box in an attempt to save what she thought would be a low shot.
In the 21st minute, Heather Howie pushed the ball into the circle with a pass to Barker in the center. Barker scored with a hard shot into the net that was deflected off the Michigan defense into the goal.
To start off the second half, Michigan’s leading scorer Rachael Mack scored at 36:24 off of a corner. Liesl Morris and Leslie Smith assisted on the goal. Mack then assisted Shannon Scavelli as UM tied up the score 2-2, at 40:43.
Kristen Henn, with 27 minutes left in regulation, had a low shot on goal off of a corner that was blocked by Jones as she laid down in front of the cage.
With no further scoring during regulation, the game continued into overtime. Michigan’s Aisling Naughton scored from one yard out by the post at 3:58 into the extra period. Leslie Smith tallied the assist with a pass from outside the circle.
The Wolverines outshot the Spartans 13-8 and both teams recorded six corners in the competition.
In the heated rivalry match, seven cards were passed out to the teams. Four green cards to MSU and two to UM, as well as one yellow card for the Wolverines.
“We still have Big Ten and non-conference games to go that we need to make some adjustments for and we will keep fighting,” said Knull.
The Green and White will play against Kent State on Sunday at 12 p.m., as the Spartans continue their road contests.