Women’s Soccer Halted By Nebraska, 3-0
Reilley Ott makes a career-high 10 saves.
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
Michigan State women’s soccer returned home to DeMartin Stadium on Friday night with a 3-0 decision in favor of Nebraska.
At kickoff, the match began as a fight for control between the Spartans and the Cornhuskers. Just 20 seconds into the game, Nebraska forward Elyse Huber found an opening and sent a shot toward redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Reilley Ott, but Ott was ready with the save. The Spartans battled for possession of the ball, but allowed a Nebraska shot past the goal line in the seventh minute of the game. In the remaining 43 minutes, Michigan State held the Husker offense and was able to test the defense, though sophomore goalkeeper Aubrei Corder stopped all three shots on goal.
“They had the better of us for sure in the first half hour, but we settled down and had plenty of final third entries. It was almost similar to what we saw at home against Indiana. We had a bad scoreline against Purdue, but against IU we had plenty of penetration and put pressure on their goal,” MSU head coach Tom Saxton said. “We are pressing; everyone is working so hard, trying to break through. Sometime when you are trying that hard, you forget to relax and do the simple things.”
After halftime, MSU came out determined to net an equalizing goal but an unfortunate bounce forced an own goal in the 51st minute of the game to put Nebraska up by two. While the Spartans had lots of chances to score, perhaps their best came in the 66th minute when a Nebraska defended touched the ball in the Husker zone and gave senior forward Jamie Cheslik a penalty kick. The shot was denied by the Husker goalkeeper, and MSU was unable to get another chance in the traffic in front of the net.
Nebraska added a third goal in 72nd minute, sealing the win for the Huskers. On a rapid, three-shot sequence, sophomore midfielder Megan Brandt sent a shot to the crossbar, rebounded with a shot that Spartan goalkeeper managed to save and then finally found the back of the net.
The Spartans led corner kicks 10-5, and kept shots close at 20-14. Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Reilley Ott made a career-high 10 saves in the loss. Michigan State falls to 4-8-0 overall, and 0-5-0 in the conference.
Michigan State is back in action on Sunday, Oct. 1 against Iowa at 12 p.m. The game is part of the doubleheader with the Spartan men’s team, who take on Ohio State at 3 p.m.