Sept. 19, 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. - The Michigan State women’s soccer team kicked off the Big Ten season on Thursday against Nebraska at 3:45 p.m. after a weather delay in Lincoln. A single Corn Husker goal left the Spartans with their first loss of the season, bringing them to a 6-1-2 record and 0-1-0 in the Big Ten.
Nicole Caruso put up a single shot for the Spartans before the game went into a weather delay for over 40 minutes due to rain and lightning.
Nebraska put up an early lead and the only goal of the game when the first half resumed and Jaycie Johnson posted her sixth goal of the season. The Corn Huskers scored in the 11th minute of play when Jordan Jackson passed it to Johnson for a shot 12 yards out from the net.
Allyson Krause and Megan Marsack both made runs at the goal before the conclusion of the first half, but came up short. The half ended with both goalkeepers, Courtney Clem and Emma Stevens, at one save each.
Krause attempted a shot early in the second half that was barely deflected off of the keeper’s hands. Kirsten Evans also attempted to match Nebraska’s goal, but missed the opportunity, leaving the Spartans scoreless on the game.
Clem limited the Corn Huskers offensively with four saves on the day. The Spartans ended play with only three shots on goal out of six compared to Nebraska’s five shots on goal out of 13.
The Spartans will look to earn their first Big Ten victory against Minnesota in East Lansing on Friday, Sept. 27 at 2 p.m.