Women's Soccer Downs Dayton, 2-1
Spartans play strong and organized defense against Flyers.
Sep 1, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's soccer team came out of its first road game victorious on Sunday afternoon, beating the Dayton Flyers 2-1. The Spartans bring their record to 3-0-1 on the season thanks to goals by Allyson Krause and Erica Goodenough.
"I thought we came out prepared and ready to execute," said head coach Tom Saxton. "It was a similar game plan to what we used on Friday, which was to play very organized defensively and to counterattack. We settled in right away and did some really good things in the first half and sure enough, got a really nice counterattack goal from Allyson Krause."
After two shots by the Flyers, Allyson Krause tacked on her second goal of the season on the first shot by the Spartans in the 18th minute of play. Krause scored unassisted after forcing a defender to turn the ball over.
Redshirt sophomore Rachel Van Poppelen made a run at the goal later in the half, but came up short when it bounced off the crossbar.
MSU's second goal came early in the second half when Megan Marsack crossed the ball over to redshirt freshman Erica Goodenough for her first career goal. Marsack has two assists on the season and contributed to strong midfield play for the Spartans.
"I thought Sarah Kovan was very solid," noted Saxton. "She started at midfield again and I thought Megan Marsack, who had sat out a couple games, is starting to return to form. She created the second goal for us. She came alive again."
Dayton's goal came 10 minutes before the end of the game from sophomore Ashley Campbell off a cross by Meghan Scharer. The Flyers managed only three out of 18 shots on goal, pushing the strong Spartan defense and bringing Michigan State goalkeeper Courtney Clem two more saves with a goal allowed and a total of 12 saves on the season.
"We got quite a bit of pressure from Dayton throughout the match," said Saxton, "but all-in-all we felt good coming out at halftime and talked about at the half that they're a good side and were protecting their home field. It was important to play and get the second goal.
"I would say the last 20 minutes of the game we were under a great deal of pressure from them; they were chasing the game. We were wearing down a little bit we were trying to use our bench as deep as possible. They were able to get one and they had a number of chances down the stretch. Courtney Clem was very good in goal, especially in the last few frantic minutes.
"Without singling them out, I thought our starting defensive line was very good throughout the game, especially down the stretch."
The Spartans will next play Oakland at home on Sept. 5 at 5 p.m. The game will be available on the Big Ten Digital Network on Spartan All-Access.