Sep 8, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Michigan State women's soccer team got a late goal from Nicole Caruso to defeat New Mexico, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon in Albuquerque, N.M. The Spartans remain undefeated with the win, bringing their record to 4-0-2 on the season. The Lobos are now 2-4.
Caruso picked the right time to score her first goal of the season, breaking the scoreless tie in the 83rd minute. Caruso sent the ball into the box and it deflected off the leg of Lobo defender Liz Nare. New Mexico goalkeeper Cassie Ulrich was caught out of position and the ball bounced into the open net, giving the Spartans the only goal they would need.
The Lobos controlled most of the game offensively, outshooting the Spartans, 18-6, and hitting the crossbar on two occasions. Dylann O'Connor led the Lobos with a game-high five shots, while Caruso and Megan Marsack both had a pair of shots to lead MSU.
Goalkeepers Courtney Clem and Gabrielle Gauruder combined to blank the Lobos. Clem had two saves in nearly 27 minutes of play, but was replaced by Gauruder after a collision in the first half. Gauruder stepped up in Clem's absence, posting five saves in her first game of the season.
Ulrich had three saves for New Mexico.
The Spartans look to remain undefeated when they face off against Bowling Green on Friday, Sept. 13 at 5 p.m. at DeMartin Stadium in East Lansing.