Northwestern Spoils Spartan Senior Day, 1-0
Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Reilley Ott makes nine saves in loss.
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
In the final match of the regular season, Northwestern spoiled Michigan State's senior day late in the second half, 1-0, at DeMartin Stadium on Wednesday evening. The Spartans end the season with an overall record 6-11-1, and 2-8-1 in conference play.
"We were inpatient when we entered the final third and we mis-passed quite a bit. I thought it was a pretty even game on two thirds of the field. When we got on the final third, we rushed out passes a little bit," MSU head coach Tom Saxton said. "They kept the ball a little bit better. The other thing is that they have scored a ton of goals on corner kicks. We prepared for everything that we saw on video. It was disappointing that we kind of let down there. I was proud of our seniors overall. They have had great careers here. They have left a good legacy here and a great team culture."
Though Northwestern held possession of the ball in the first half, the Spartans kept pace with the Wildcats and went into halftime scoreless.
Northwestern's offense outlasted Michigan State's, with junior forward Brenna Lovera netting the game-winning goal in the 62nd minute after a corner kick by junior midfielder Marisa Viggiano. Senior defender Kassidy Gorman was credited with the assist.
Late in the second half, the Spartans created opportunities to score but were unable to capitalize. The Wildcats drew a foul just outside the penalty area, but the shot off the free kick sailed high over the net. In the final minute, sophomore defender Madison VanDyke sent a shot toward the net that was blocked by Northwestern, and freshman midfielder Danielle Stephan took a corner as the clock ticked down. Unfortunately, there wasn't enough time left for Michigan State.
Redshirt senior goalkeeper Savanna Wojtanowski started the game, playing 23 minutes and making one save. Ott played the remaining 67, posting nine saves.