Women’s Soccer Stopped By Purdue, 6-2
Goals from Warner and Cheslik not enough in loss to Boilermakers.
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
Despite a pair of goals, the Michigan State women’s soccer team dropped a 6-2 decision to Purdue on Sunday afternoon at DeMartin Stadium.
The Spartans snapped a 126-minute scoring drought in their match against Purdue, but the Boilermakers’ offense was too tough. Michigan State falls to 4-5-0 overall and 0-2-0 in the Big Ten Conference, while Purdue’s conference record remains untarnished at 2-0-0 and 7-2-0 overall.
“We generated 11 corners and two goals. That’s normally a good day in a Big Ten game,” Head coach Tom Saxton said. “Unfortunately, our team defending wasn’t good enough. We got out of our character and organization after we got rattled there after a couple of those early Purdue goals. We settled down, and we had good moments of defending. To give the fourth one up at the beginning of the second half made it really difficult for us, but I’m proud of the three captains and the leadership they showed down the stretch in what was a tough situation to play in.”
Michigan State came out firing in the first half, putting the Spartans on the board in just the third minute of the game. Junior forward Lexy Warner dribbled in a shot past Purdue’s goalkeeper off a pass from senior forward Kristelle Yewah to give MSU the lead. Purdue quickly gained control of the game, proving faster than the Michigan State defense with three goals from all three of the Boilermakers’ forwards.
Purdue scored five consecutive goals before the Spartans responded, but after that fifth goal it only took senior forward Jamie Cheslik 78 seconds to get a shot past Purdue’s goalkeeper. In the 58th minute, freshman midfielder Danielle Stephan sent a long ball up the field to Cheslik, who sent the ball into the back of the net. The Spartans created chances in the remaining minutes of the game, leading corner kicks 11-3, but Purdue added a sixth goal in the 84th minute of the game and Michigan State was unable to catch up.
Redshirt sophomore Reilley Ott played in 85 minutes of the game, earning six saves. Redshirt senior Savanna Wojtanowski saw action in the remaining five minutes.
Up next, Michigan State will travel to Madison, Wisconsin for a match against the Badgers on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. (ET). The match will be televised on BTN.