Field Hockey Loses Heartbreaker to No. 5 Penn State
Oct. 19, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State lost a heartbreaker to No. 5 Penn State in a penalty shootout on Saturday afternoon. The two teams entered the game tied for first in the Big Ten with identical 3-0 records, and 100 minutes was not enough to decide the outcome. The game was tied 3-3 after 70 minutes of regulation and remained 3-3 through the next two overtimes to bring the game to a penalty shootout, which Penn State won 2-1.
"Today's game was a battle from the first whistle," said head coach Helen Knull. "The fact that a winner had to be decided by a shootout tells you how competitive it was with both teams getting opportunities and chances. The entire team executed for 100-plus minutes which is something I am exceptionally proud of them for."
The game was even until 2 minutes remaining in the first half when Penn State took a 1-0 lead off a penalty corner. Just when it looked as though Penn State would go into the break with the lead, senior captain Kristen Henn scored with no time left on clock off of a penalty corner that was deflected in front to tie the game up 1-1.
Michigan State carried that momentum into the second half by scoring two more goals, making it three unanswered and opening up a 3-1 lead with 10 minutes remaining in the game. Abby Barker scored her ninth goal of the season less than two minutes into the second half to give MSU a 2-1 lead. Katherine Jamieson then poked in a goal off a pass from a penalty corner to open up Michigan State's lead to 3-1.
Penn State was down but not out, scoring two goals in two minutes with five minutes remaining in the game to tie it up and send it into overtime.
Neither team could break free in two overtime periods, sending the game to a penalty shootout after two 15 minute overtime periods.
MSU's missed its first two attempts, allowing PSU to take a 2-0 lead in the shootout.
Kristen Henn scored on the third Spartan attempt, making it a 2-1 count. Penn State then missed its next opportunity, opening the door for Michigan State to tie it back up, but missed on its next penalty stroke opportunity, giving Penn State the win and allowing them to retain the lead in the Big Ten standings.
Molly Cassidy made a season high 11 saves in the game, and Penn Sate owned a 35-16 advantage in shot attempts and 19-6 edge in corners.
Up next for MSU, the Spartans welcome Central Michigan to East Lansing on Tuesday, October 22nd at 3 p.m. for its last non-conference game of the season.
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