Spartans Fall in Overtime to Illinois in Big Ten Semifinals
Flietstra makes five saves in even match
Nov. 4, 2011
East Lansing, Mich. - In a repeat performance from the regular-season meeting, Illinois forward Marissa Mykines netted the lone goal of the contest in overtime as Michigan State fell to the Illini in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals on Friday afternoon.
Less than two minutes after the overtime period began, Mykines got around a defender and drove to her right, and shot across her body from about 12 yards out. Her shot just eluded the outstretched arms of a diving Jill Flietstra and found its mark in the left corner of the net.
Earlier in the season in East Lansing, Mykines netted the game-winner in the 103rd minute after the teams battled to a scoreless draw in regulation and the first overtime period.
The statistics for the two teams were equal through regulation, with Illinois holding a slim 14-12 edge in shots, while MSU held an edge in shots on net (7-5). Illinois did have an edge in corner kicks (4-2), with three of them coming in the second half.
Both teams had their chances, but both keepers were up to the task. Laura Heyboer had four shots to lead all Spartans, while Mykines took nine of the Illini's 15 in the match.
Flietstra had brought three straight shutouts into today's game, blanking Ohio State and Northwestern to close the regular season, then blanking Iowa on Wednesday before stopping a pair of penalty kicks to help the Spartans advance to the semifinals.
Michigan State will now await word of whether it is selected to the NCAA Tournament field. That selection will air at 4:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon.