EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State women’s soccer fell in their first match with Washington since 1995, 4-0, at DeMartin Stadium on Sunday. The game featured physical play from both teams, with Washington drawing 14 fouls and MSU drawing 12.
Washington got on the board early on a goal from senior forward Shannon Simon in the third minute. Simon had another chance in the first half with a successful penalty kick in the 26th minute.
“Credit to Washington with the pace and the tempo that they played with,” Michigan State head coach Tom Saxton said. “We had to catch up to that tempo. I thought we started to respond in the first half. Unfortunately, we were already down 2-0, so it’s a lesson in how you have to come out and the intensity and pace of play you have to come out with.”
MSU was unable to sway the Huskies’ momentum, allowing freshman midfielder Sianna Siemonsma to net a goal in the 76th minute. Freshman midfielder Jessika Cowart connected on chance in the 86th minute, sealing the win for Washington.
Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Reilley Ott made five saves in the loss. Senior midfielder Morgan McKerchie took the lone corner kick for the Spartans, but the squad was unable to capitalize. Saxton emphasized the importance of the right response to the early-season setback.
“The first thing is just the attitude response,” Saxton said. “We don’t have a lot of training time between now and Thursday. It’s just about having the right attitude to come back together and be ready for the next battle.”
MSU looks to bounce back when the team hosts Butler for the first-ever night game at DeMartin Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 24. Kick off is set for 7 p.m.