Spartans, Iowa Battle to Scoreless Draw
Sept. 30, 2012
East Lansing, Mich. -- - Michigan State and Iowa played to a 0-0 draw Sunday afternoon. The Spartans were in control for most of the contest, but couldn't convert on several offensive opportunities, most of which came in the second half and overtime periods.
The Spartans are now 8-3-2 on the year and 2-2-1 in the Big Ten; Iowa is 11-1-3 with a 2-1-2 record in conference games.
Michigan State held possession for much of the second half and overtime, but couldn't find finishing touch to put the ball in the back of the net. Michigan State outshot the Hawkeyes 17-7 on the day, and Iowa was held to just two shots in the second half and both overtime periods. Hannah Clark, who came in the game after halftime, made four saves to help preserve the tie for Iowa.
Michigan State's opportunities were highlighted by three Olivia Stander corner kicks in a row during overtime, with the second almost finding its mark as the bending ball forced Clark to jump to make the save. Shortly after, Paige Wester had another close call with a good look from just inside the 18-yard box that sailed high.
With just under two minutes to go in the second overtime, Iowa's leading scorer Cloe Lacasse went streaking down the field with a defender on her hip. She got deep into the box and fired a shot near post that was saved by Courtney Clem.
Clem had two saves on the day, good enough to earn her fifth shutout of the season.
"We have been capable of winning all five of our Big Ten games so far," said head coach Tom Saxton. "Obviously, we had a few lapses last week on the road but this was a very strong performance and something I think we can build on. We just have a bitter taste from being in front of the goal so many times and not finishing. Today was all positives, other than not putting the ball in the back of the net."
Michigan State travels to Illinois for an 8 p.m. game on Saturday. The Spartans next home game will be Sunday, October 14th against Indiana at 12 noon.
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