Women’s Soccer Drops Conference Opener to Indiana, 1-0
Spartans finish the match with 18 shots.
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
Despite outshooting Indiana 18-17, the Michigan State women’s soccer team fell in the Big Ten opener, 1-0, at DeMartin Stadium on Thursday. The Spartans fall to 4-4-0 on the 2017 season.
“I thought it was a great college soccer game. I thought that we had a shaky first 15 minutes, and I think that the Indiana goal was probably created from our missteps. So, we have to tighten that up a little bit, but I was encouraged that we kept our determination and were on their goal the whole game, at the end of the day,” MSU head coach Tom Saxton said. “At the end of the day in soccer, you have to score and we couldn’t find a way to get the ball across the line.”
Throughout the first half, both teams had prime scoring opportunities, but the Hoosiers converted first. In the 18th minute of the game, sophomore midfielder Chandra Davidson sent the ball past Spartan goalkeeper Reilley Ott off a pass from redshirt junior forward Mykayla Brown.
In the second half, Michigan State continued with aggressive play, but the Hoosiers successfully defended their lead.
The Spartans had seven shots on goal in the match, all of which were stopped by Indiana freshman goalkeeper Bethany Kopel. MSU redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Reilley Ott made six saves in the loss.
MSU will host Purdue at DeMartin Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 1 p.m. The match will be streamed on BTN Plus.