Oct. 14, 2012
East Lansing, Mich. - Michigan State suffered another tough overtime loss to a Big Ten opponent, falling 2-1 in double overtime to Indiana. MSU is winless in its last four games and has lost three straight, the last two losses coming in extra periods.
With 2:38 left to go in the second overtime, Indiana midfielder Abbey Smith headed in the game-winning goal to the left side of the net off a beautiful short cross from junior forward Rebecca Candler. The goal was the third of the year for Smith, and capped off a overtime that was controlled for long stretches by the Hoosiers.
Michigan State looked like the superior side for much of the first half, controlling the ball and using great runs combined with accurate passes to create plenty of scoring opportunities. MSU outshot Indiana 10-2 in the first half but managed only one goal, scored off a rebound by forward Allyson Krause, her fourth goal of the season.
"It's real simple, we had all the play in the first half and only came away with one goal," head coach Tom Saxton said after the contest. "We were very sluggish, and there is no excuse for being sluggish in a game that has this much meaning."
One of the bright spots of the game was the play of Krause, a freshman, who had six shots (three on net) to go with her goal.
Indiana looked like a different team in the second half, outshooting Michigan State 14-6 in second period and overtime. The equalizer for the Hoosiers came in the 60th minute, off a corner kick by Smith that was punched in by Indiana defender Lara Ross, her first goal of the season.
The Spartans fall to 8-6-2 on the season and 2-5-1 in BIG play, and will look to right the ship against a tough Nittany Lion team on Friday at Penn State.