Oct. 20, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Veronica Ellis scored 8:36 into the first overtime session to help Indiana defeat the Michigan State women's soccer team, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon at DeMartin Stadium in East Lansing. The Spartans (8-6-2, 2-6) played the Hoosiers evenly throughout the match and rallied to tie the game on two different occasions.
"We saw a lot of fight, heart and character out of our team today, but unfortunately we just didn't have the legs to finish it," said MSU head coach Tom Saxton.
The winning goal came when Ellis took the pass six yards out from the right side and slipped a shot past Gabrielle Gauruder into the near side of the net.
The Hoosiers (11-3-1, 4-3) got the game's first goal in the 36th minute when Lisa Nouanesengsy sent a shot from inside the box into the right side of the net for a 1-0 Hoosier lead.
The Hoosiers were barely done celebrating when the Spartans raced down and tied the game just 10 seconds later. Megan Marsack got the ball to Paige Wester right off the kickoff, who found Rachel Van Poppelen sprinting down the middle of the field. Van Poppelen and beat IU goalkeeper Shannon Flower with a shot from 10 yards out, knotting the game at one.
Indiana grabbed a 2-1 lead just 3:59 into the second half as Kayleigh Steigerwalt collected a pass from Jordan Woolums right in front of the net and tapped it past Gauruder.
Neither team created many offensive chances, combining for just six shots, until the 83rd minute when Allyson Krause broke free from the right side of the box to tie the game, 2-2. Kaylee Phillips fed Krause with the pass and her shot from 15 yards out sailed past Flower and into the left side of the net.
"We just kept telling the players it just takes one play to tie the game," said Saxton. "We just needed one play to turn the game around and we felt if we got some pressure on them, we would get some chances."
The Spartans will travel to the state of Illinois for a pair of games next weekend. On Friday, MSU will meet Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., while on Sunday, the Spartans will take on Illinois.
"We'll focus this week in practice on the positives from this past weekend and get ready for two more games," said Saxton.