Sept. 13, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's soccer team broke a 1-1 tie with two second-half goals en route to a 3-1 win over Bowling Green on Friday afternoon at DeMartin Stadium in East Lansing. The Spartans remain undefeated with the win, improving to 5-0-2. BGSU is now 0-4.
Michigan State controlled nearly the entire game, outshooting the Falcons 28-1.
"I thought we came out flying and that was one our points of emphasis after struggling with that last weekend at home against Oakland," said MSU head coach Tom Saxton. "I was very pleased with our first 20 minutes. We were very sharp."
The Green and White put together several more chances as the half went on, outshooting the Falcons 13-0, through 42 minutes of play. However, BGSU's Kaitln Tobin was able to break loose down the right side after taking a pass from Madeline Wideman and scored to tie the game at one.
The Spartans continued to press Bowling Green in the second half, keeping play in the Falcons' end of the field. The pressure paid off in the 61st minute when a long cross off the foot of Rachel VanPoppelen from the left side found Jessica White on the far post, who redirected the ball into the net for a 2-1 MSU lead.
"We tried not to let their goal at the end of the first half get to us. We were calm and that was the key," said Saxton. "We regrouped and came out ready."
More Spartan pressure led to a 3-1 lead in the 68th minute as Alexander Gjonaj's corner kick from the right side found its way into the net.
"It was the first time we have played a game this year where we've had 90% of the possession," said Saxton. "Sometimes you get anxious and impatient, but I thought we did a pretty good job."
MSU goalkeeper Gabrielle Gauruder didn't have to make a save as she earned her second victory of the season.
The Spartans will play their final nonconference game of the season this Sunday when they take on Eastern Michigan in Ypsilanti at 3 p.m.