Sept. 4, 2005
EAST LANSING, Mich. - -
The Michigan State women's soccer team (1-1-2) capped the Big Ten/Big 12 challenge with a 0-0 tie vs. the University of Texas. Sophomore goalkeeper Nicole Galas (Sterling Heights, Mich.) continued her strong play, making six saves and earning her second consecutive shutout.
The Spartans were out-shot, 16-6, but the defense, led by sophomore centerback Erin Doan (Dearborn, Mich.) limited the Longhorns to only a handful of quality scoring chances.
Said Doan, "(Texas) plays a direct, attacking style and it made things difficult for us. To come out of this weekend allowing zero goals is great for us. Everyone really stepped up."
MSU nearly broke the deadlock midway through the second half when senior midfielder Erin Konheim (West Bloomfield, Mich.) served a corner into the box, but sophomore Kelly Hannon's (Elmhurst, Ill.) header was snatched out of the air by Longhorn goalkeeper Diana Pfenninger (2 saves). On a nearly identical play minutes later, junior midfielder Linsey Laskowski's (Troy, Mich.) attempt sailed just over the crossbar.
"We had some great chances today, we just didn't capitalize," said Konheim. "Still, we walked away with great results, against some great teams this weekend."
Head coach Tom Saxton echoed Konheim's sentiment, applauding his team for a great showing against two teams with great tradition; both Texas and Texas A&M advanced in the NCAA Tournament last season.
"To play two teams with that sort of pedigree and come away with the results we did makes me very happy," said Saxton, "We improved so much in just a week, I'm extremely proud of this team."
The Spartans return to action Friday Sept. 9, when they welcome Bowling Green, of the Mid-American Conference, to Old College Field at 4:00 p.m.