EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Spartan women’s soccer team dropped to No. 17 Wake Forest on a rainy Thursday night at DeMartin Stadium, 4-1. Michigan State falls to 4-3-0 in their final non-conference game of the year, while Wake Forest improves to 6-1-0 on the season.
“I was disappointed that we didn’t transition into an attack which was one of our game keys in the first half,” Michigan State head coach Tom Saxton said. “We defended for 95 percent of the time pretty well, but we said to the team, you’re playing top 20 competition. You’re going to have to get used to defending for long periods of time. There was poor transition from defense to offense. I thought it was way better in the second half. That was the bright spot.”
In the first half, the Spartan defense was put to work by Wake Forest. Michigan State faced 12 shots, five of which were on target. A shot snuck past redshirt senior goalkeeper Savanna Wojtanowski in the 31st minute of the game to put the Demon Deacons ahead by one.
The Spartans came back refreshed in the second half, netting an equalizer off a corner kick by freshman midfielder Danielle Stephan in the 57th minute of the game. The Demon Deacons then scored three unanswered goals to seal the match. Redshirt freshman Estelle Laurier snuck two past Wojtanowski, both off rebound shots from junior midfielder Peyton Perea in the 63rd minute and the 69th minute. The final goal came off a shot from junior midfielder Bayley Feist that sailed high over Wojtanowski.
MSU begins conference play next Thursday, Sept. 14 against Indiana at DeMartin Stadium on BTN Plus.