Oct. 16, 2011
Bloomington, Ind. - The Michigan State women's soccer team scored an equalizing goal with just two seconds remaining in regulation and the overtime game-winner in the fourth minute of extra time to post an emotional and dramatic 2-1 victory at Indiana on Sunday. The Spartans improve to 12-4-0, and stand at 5-3-0 in Big Ten play.
Olivia Stander and Hannah Peterson played the roles of heroes today, getting a pair of timely goals to send Michigan State back to East Lansing for its final homestand next weekend on a two-game winning streak. It was a physical game, with 26 fouls and seven yellow cards issued in the match.
"The winds today were absolutely crazy - and the game ended up being fairly physical," said head coach Tom Saxton, who's team sits with the second-most wins in the Big Ten (5), behind Penn State (7). "We were a little scattered in the first half, but I thought we pulled things together well in the second half. There were a lot of issues with ball control today because of the winds, which I think was a factor for both teams.
"This might be one of the craziest games I have ever been a part of," continued Saxton. "Olivia's goal was something else - and with so little time left, it was just crazy. I'm proud that we hung in there, and proud that we found a way to win today. "
The home team got on the board in the 29th minute. Orianica Velasquez initiated the play, and her shot ricocheted off the crossbar. An opportunistic Lisa Nouanesengsy was there to put back the rebound, giving the Hoosiers the 1-0 lead.
The Spartans pressed on, and generated more chances in the second half with the wind at their backs, generating nine shots in that's second frame. The Hoosiers lost the services of fullback Becca Zambon in the 81st minute due to a second yellow card, forcing IU to play a man down for the remainder of the contest.
Indiana keeper Lindsay Campbell made five of her six saves after the intermission, but it was the final shot of regulation - with just two seconds remaining on the game clock - which she could not get a hand on. Stander, who had a team-best five shots on net, finally found her mark - she knotted the score at one with a 35-yard rocket that sailed past the reach of the keeper and into the back of the net.
The teams headed to an extra period, and the Spartans came out with a quick two shots on net in an effort to quickly end the contest. As the teams played into the fourth minute, Stander fed Peterson from the endline about eight yards out, and Peterson, stationed in the middle of the box, quickly put it into the back of the net
Peterson's marker was her second of the season, and she is the only player other than Stander and senior Laura Heyboer to have multiple goals this season. Stander's goal and assist were her eleventh and team-best eighth of the season, respectively, and give her 30 points on the year, trailing only Heyboer's 38 points.
The Spartans have a pair of critical games on tap at home next weekend; MSU hosts league-leading Penn State on Friday afternoon, then will have Ohio State in town on Sunday. The MSU senior class will be honored for their contributions to the program in advance of Sunday's game against the Buckeyes.