Oct. 2, 2011
East Lansing, Mich. - Michigan State dropped a tough 1-0 decision at Iowa on Sunday afternoon, as a Hawkeye goal in the eighth minute stood up as the game-winner. MSU suffers just its third defeat of the season (10-3-1) and falls to 3-2 in the Big Ten. Iowa improves to 10-1-2, 2-1-2 in Big Ten Confernce play.
Alyssa Cosnek started the play, pushing the ball up the field and dishing to Cloe Lacasse. Lacasse crossed the ball from 20 yards out, and Dana Dalrymple was able to finish it off from five yards.
The Spartans were able to generate some chances, launching 20 shots (nine on net) in the contest. Laura Heyboer, the nation's leading scorer going into the game, was limited to just one shot on net during the contest. Olivia Stander led the Spartans with four shots.
Both keepers had busy afternoons - Jill Flietstra made eight saves in the Spartan end, while Emily Moran also made saves for the host Hawkeyes .
The team statistics from the match were incredibly even - both teams had 11 fouls and nine shots on net, and each finished with four corner kicks. Iowa held a 20-15 edge in shots overall.
MSU returns to action next Saturday when it hosts Illinois on Saturday at DeMartin Stadium. The game serves not only as the backdrop for the program's alumni weekend, but also as a tribute to longtime MSU soccer coach Joe Baum, who spent part of six decades as part of the MSU soccer programs. The first head coach in the women's program, Baum also spent 32 seasons as the head coach of the men's program. Baum turned the reins of the women's program over to his former player, Tom Saxton, who has led the team for the last 21 seasons.
Saturday's game will also air on the Big Ten Network on tape delay.