Spartans Drop Heartbreaker to No. 3 Princeton
Sept. 13, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State lost a 2-1 overtime heartbreaker on Friday night to defending national champion and No. 3 Princeton. It took extra time for the Tigers to spoil the upset-minded Spartans night and earn their third win of the year, dropping MSU's record to 2-4.
Princeton had four corners early in the game and jumped out to a 1-0 lead on the fourth corner seven minutes into the game. The score remained 1-0 until 10 seconds remaining in the game when Ali Helwig intercepted a ball and sent it up field to an open Allie Ahern; she sent in a shot that got deflected. After the deflection, the ball took a slow roll and eventually found the back of the net to tie the game up and send the game to overtime.
Despite MSU generating more chances in the overtime period, it was the Tigers who walked away with the win 12 minutes into the first overtime period when Teresa Benvenuti put home the game-winning goal.
"They had four corners early in the game and scored on the fourth. It is always tough when that happens early, but we kept fighting," said head coach Helen Knull. "I thought defensively we played a solid game. We were really unlucky in overtime. We generated a lot more of attacks in overtime. I think the key for us scoring with 10 seconds left in the game is that we just didn't give up. We knew it was going to be a tough game and had to fight until the end and stick to the game plan and the team did that."
After falling behind early, it was tough defense that kept the deficit at one goal and allowed for the late equalizing tally. Goalkeeper Molly Cassidy made a season high eight saves.
"Katherine Jamieson played an excellent game for us today. Her work ethic and her commitment to execute our game plan was phenomenal. She did a great job of breaking down their plays on their first touch off of corners. Molly (Cassidy) had some fantastic saves. She had a couple where she was really stretching out to make the save. She really stepped up for us and is the reason we stayed in the game."
"Although we didn't get the win the took a step forward as a team."
Michigan State returns to action on Sunday when they take on Delaware (and former Michigan State head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof) at noon.
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