Michigan State dominated the scoresheet, but could not get a goal past Oakland keeper Shannon Coley. The Spartans held a 20-8 edge in shots, 7-2 lead in shots on goal. And 4-0 lead in corner kicks. MSU also held an 11-5 edge in fouls.
"Our team really took some positive steps tonight against a tough Oakland team in front of a great crowd," said head coach Tom Saxton. "We played our most consistent game of the season and created several quality chances. Unfortunately we couldn't put the ball in the back of the net. "
Coley finished with seven saves on the night. At the other end, Courtney Clem recorded her second shutout of the season for the Spartans and third of her career. Clem lowered her GAA to 0.64 and she now owns a .810 save percentage.
The Spartans were playing their second and final road game of the non-conference season. MSU opened the year on the road at Bowling Green and scored a 4-0 shutout. Overall, the Spartans have now shut out opponents on the road for 200 consecutive minutes this season.
The Spartans will be back in action on Sunday afternoon, hosting Eastern Michigan in a noon kickoff at DeMartin Stadium.