Women's Soccer Earns Late Win at Northwestern, 2-1
 
 
 
Rachel Van Poppelen scored the game-winning goal on Friday night.
 
Rachel Van Poppelen scored the game-winning goal on Friday night.
 
 

Oct. 25, 2013

Box Score

EVANSTON, Ill. - The Michigan State women's soccer team pulled off a late 2-1 win over Northwestern under the lights this Friday evening. MSU improved to 9-6-2 on the season and 3-6-0 in the Big Ten with the victory, while Northwestern dropped to 3-12-1 on the season and 1-8-0 in the conference.

Northwestern picked up the first goal of the game in the 14th minute from Margo McGinty. It was her first of the season.

Kirsten Evans put the Spartans on the board and tied the game in the 32nd minute before the end of the half. Alexandra Gjonaj battled through the Wildcat defense for Evans to put it in the corner of the net. The tally was Evans' second of the season.

The Spartans left it tied at the half, posting four shots. Gabrielle Gauruder picked up eight of her 12 saves of the game in the first half alone.

Rachel Van Poppelen netted the game-winning goal in the 83rd minute of the game. Paige Wester sent a cross from the right side for Van Poppelen to sink it in the net within six yards of the goal.

MSU ended the game with nine shots, four of which were on goal.

Ali Herman had two saves in goal for the Wildcats.

Michigan State continues weekend play on Sunday, Oct. 27 when it plays at Illinois at 2 p.m.