Oct. 21, 2011
East Lansing, Mich. - A pair of goals within 120 seconds turned a tie game into a 3-1 victory for No. 14 Penn State against the Michigan State women's soccer team on Friday afternoon at DeMartin Stadium. The loss drops MSU to 12-5-0, 5-4-0 in Big Ten play; the Nittany Lions improve to 15-3, and maintain a stranglehold on the top spot in the Big Ten standings with a 8-1-0 mark.
Prior to the game, both varsity teams, along with two youth teams, participated in a celebration of the life of Adalin Farnum, the daughter of Assoc. Head Coach Tammy Farnum and her husband, James. Adalin passed away on Oct. 14 after a courageous three-and-a-half year battle with cancer. To celebrate her life, fans were encouraged to wear pink, there was a moment of silence, and pink balloons were released.
The game was a showdown of two of the league's most dangerous scorers - MSU's Laura Heyboer and Maya Hayes from Penn State. Hayes entered the game as the nation's and Big Ten's leading scorer with 21 goals, while Heyboer was third in the Big Ten and fourth nationally.
Heyboer put the Spartans on the board in the 37th minute. A long ball out of the back hit the back of the calf of the center official, falling to the foot of Olivia Stander. Stander put a lead pass forward for Heyboer, who took it into the box on the right side and sent a shot into the left side of the net. It was her 17th marker of the season.
The dangerous Hayes had a scoring chance thwarted deep in the offensive third as Annie Steinlage broke up the pass as Hayes looked for the equalizer two minutes after Heyboer had given MSU the lead. The Spartan back line limited the Nittany Lions to three shots in the opening half - forcing Flietstra to make two rather pedestrian saves - as MSU took a 1-0 lead into the intermission.
Hayes did get the equalizer in the 61st minute. Taylor Schram fed Hayes into the left side of the box, and Hayes' shot went just outside the reach of a diving Flietstra. It was her 22nd goal of the season.
Heyboer had a prime scoring chance frittered away when she was taken down in the box on a semi-breakaway at the 70th minute; meanwhile, the Nittany Lions were quietly gathering momentum, and exploded for a pair of goals within a three-minute span to turn a tie ballgame into a two-goal lead. Hayes got her second of the game in the 73rd minute, knocking the defender off her in the box and tapping it past Flietstra, then a goalmouth scramble led to Maddy Evans knocking in her second of the season from five yards out.