Oct. 13, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State had an offensive explosion on Sunday and defeated Ball State by an 8-0 margin to improve to 7-7 on the season. The high-scoring affair was fueled by a total team effort from the Spartans, with seven different players who scored a goal.
Michigan State got off to a hot start when Abby Barker put the Spartans on the board in the 4th minute. MSU then opened the game up by adding on four more goals before the break to take a 5-0 lead into the half. Alli Helwig tallied her first goal of the season off a penalty stroke, while Alli Ahern scored her team-leading 10th goal of the season. Barker had her second goal of the day in the 14th minute, and senior captain Kristen Henn rounded off the scoring in the first half when she put home her third goal of the season.
"We did a good job of playing how we wanted to form the get go," said head coach Helen Knull. "We've been saying all year that 70 minutes of hockey is what we are looking for - and finally this weekend we put two games together back to back. I think finally we're getting consistency and the team is starting to believe in that, and they see how important our week of preparation is."
Mallory Tyler, Katherine Jamieson and Adelle Lever all tacked on goals
in the second half to bring MSU to its season-high of eight goals. The
Spartans also fired off a season-high 33 shots in the game, surpassing
the 27 they put on the board in the 7-0 win at Pacific.
"The team effort was great," said Adelle Lever. "We hustled to the ball and were getting there first, and our passing was good. Seven different scorers today just shows how deep this team is."
"Having everyone get involved gives everybody a boost," said Knull. "It was nice to see some of the girls who haven't played that many minutes this fall come in and execute our game plan and play with some confidence. We had many of the usual suspects finishing, but its nice to see everybody do it on the same day."
With the win on Sunday, Michigan State returns to .500 for the first time since its second game of the year (Sept. 1) and has now won two games in one weekend for the first time this season.
"I think we all came together this week to push each other to work for every minute, which showed because we put together two full games," said junior midfielder Alli Helwig.
Michigan State returns to action when it travels to Penn State to take on the Big Ten-leading Nittany Lions on Saturday, October 19th at 12 p.m.