MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - In the last exhibition game of the season, the Michigan State women’s soccer team suffered a 1-0 loss to the Central Michigan Chippewas. The game consisted of three 30-minute periods through on and off showers at the CMU Soccer Complex in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.
“I thought we got off to a decent start and created some good chances,” Tom Saxton, Michigan State head coach, said. “We kind of got complacent and the middle section of the game was poor. We didn’t play with enough urgency and communication. We let Central get some momentum and gave up a soft goal. I liked the way the young players responded in the last 30 minutes. We stuck to our plan of getting everybody in, and they played with enthusiasm and energy so that was a good sign.”
In the 50th minute of the game, Central Michigan found an opening to earn the go-ahead goal when junior Lexi Pelafas scored off a free kick from senior McKay Matheson. The ball was just out of reach of redshirt senior goalkeeper Savanna Wojtanowski.
The Spartans were unable to convert on chances late in the third period.
For the game, Chippewas out-shot the Spartans 9-6. Junior Lexy Warner led MSU with two shots, while five different Spartans took at least one shot.
Michigan State opens regular season play on Friday, Aug. 18 at 3 p.m. against Niagara at DeMartin Stadium.