Sept. 21, 2012
East Lansing, Mich. - Michigan State fell to No. 14 Wisconsin, 1-0, in it's first Big Ten road game of the season on Friday night. The Spartans are now 7-2-1 with a 1-1 record in Big Ten play, while the Badgers improved their record to 7-2-0, and earned their first Big Ten win of the season after opening with a loss to defending champion Penn State.
In the 27th minute, Wisconsin?s McKenna Meuer scored on a give-and-go from Monica Lam-Feist, beating goalkeeper Courtney Clem from 20 yards out. The goal was Meuer's third goal of the season, and came on the Badgers' only shot on goal in the first half.
"I thought we matched up well with a very good Wisconsin team. Unfortunately, we had a missed assignment on their only goal," said head coach Tom Saxton. "We regrouped and put a lot of pressure on their goal down the stretch. I thought we had an equalizer on a corner at the end, but things didn't go our way. We need to put this behind us and turn our attention to playing Minnesota on Sunday."
The goal midway through that opening half proved to be all the Badgers would need to come away with the victory, thanks in large part to Wisconsin goalkeeper Lauren Gunderson, who finished the game with six saves. Courtney Clem had two saves in her end, both in the second half.
Wisconsin had a 11-10 edge in shots, band a 6-4 advantage in corner kicks.
The Spartans wrap up their weekend road trip with a game at Minnesota on Sunday. The game will be featured on Big Ten Network. Kickoff time is 3 p.m. MSU returns home Friday, September 28th to take on Nebraska at DeMartin stadium at 3 p.m.