EAST LANSING, Mich. - In the first-ever night game at DeMartin Stadium, Michigan State women’s soccer suffered a close loss to Butler, 1-0. The Spartans are now 1-2-0 in non-conference play, while the Bulldogs improve to 1-1-1.
“Everybody is probably disappointed in the result right now, but being out here on a beautiful late summer evening with a great crowd under the lights is something fantastic,” head coach Tom Saxton said. “It’s a special experience.”
In the first half, the Spartans kept pace with the Bulldogs and both teams were unable to capitalize on opportunities. In the 48th minute of the match, the Bulldogs pulled ahead when freshman forward Caitlyn DiSarcina found the back of the net. Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Reilley Ott made the initial save on Butler forward Paige Monaghan, but couldn’t get to the rebound shot in time despite a diving effort.
“We definitely grew from our match last Sunday,” Saxton said. “I thought we played a good, 90- minute, grinding game, and that’s a lot of how college soccer can be. Credit to Butler; they took advantage of their opportunity. We had a couple scrambles there at the end. We just have to try to poke it across the line sometimes, but we’re getting there. It was a step up.”
MSU took 11 shots in the match, six of which were on target. Junior forward Lexy Warner led the team with three shots on goal.
The Spartans will head to Birmingham, Alabama for their first road game against Samford on Sunday, Aug. 27. Kick is set for 3 p.m.