Oct. 19, 2012
EVANSTON, Ill. - No. 20 Michigan State field hockey fell in its match against No. 8 Northwestern, 2-1 on Saturday. Sophomore Allie Ahern scored the lone goal for the Spartans and redshirt junior Molly Cassidy tallied four saves.
"I am really proud of how we competed today," said head coach Helen Knull. "We were really unlucky not to get the equalizer in the last minute of the game as Northwestern had a goal line save. With one-goal losses in the Big Ten we have to keep making improvements and believing we will get the win. We are knocking on the door."
Michigan State and Northwestern battled offensively for the first half, as each team only accumulated three shots up until the 24th minute. Wildcat Lena Phillips was able to get past the MSU defense with a tap in off a loose ball at 24:13.
Northwestern notched its second goal less than two minutes into the second period off a penalty corner. Chelsea Armstrong netted the ball, her 25th goal of the season, off an assist from Lisa McCarthy and Julia Retzky.
At 60:11, Ahern stole the ball from Northwestern for a turnover inside the circle. With a hard shot into the net, Ahern recorded her fifth goal of the season and helped MSU close the gap in score.
MSU was unable to tie the game up and push it into overtime as it pulled Cassidy for the last three minutes of the game.
In the last two minutes of regulation, MSU tallied six shots and three penalty corners in a last effort, three of the shots were in the last 10 seconds.
The Wildcats outshot the Spartans 16-14 in the contest. MSU and NU had nine penalty corners each.
Michigan State will face regional rival Central Michigan on Sunday at 1 p.m. in its last road contest of regular-season.