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NCAA Tournament

2002 (0-1)
Nov. 15 - First Round
Miami (Ohio) 2, Michigan State 1

The Spartans made their first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history after posting a 12-6-2 record during the regular season and placing fourth in the Big Ten. With the Red Hawks leading 2-0 late in the game, MSU's Trisha Kenny scored in the 87th minute to cut the deficit in half. The Spartans forced an offensive fury in the games final minutes but couldn't find the back of the net for the tying goal.

2005 (1-1)
Nov. 11 - First Round
Michigan State 4, Bowling Green 0

MSU registered its first NCAA Tournament win in school history by shutting out Bowling Green 4-0. After a scoreless first half, the Spartans broke lose in the second and got goals from Dana Voorheis, Jenee Witherspoon and Kristi Timar, who scored twice.

Nov. 13 - Second Round
Notre Dame 3, Michigan State 0

The Spartans fell 3-0 to No. 1-ranked Notre Dame in South Bend, ending their season with a 12-6-5 mark.

2008 (1-1)
Nov. 14 - First Round
Michigan State 2, UW-Milwaukee 1

In a matchup of the two of the nations top scorers - MSU's Laura Heyboer and UWM's Sarah Hagen - it was Heyboer who came through, scoring one goal in the first half and then another in the second to lift the Spartans to their second NCAA Tournament win in school history. Spartan goalkeeper Jill Flietstra made six stops in the win.

Nov. 16 - Second Round
Notre Dame 1, Michigan State 0

For the second time since 2005, then top-ranked Notre Dame ended the Spartans' NCAA Tournament run as the undefeated Irish held off MSU, 1-0. A stifling defense held MSU to just three shots while Jill Flietstra kept MSU in the game with seven stops.

2009 (0-1)
Nov. 14 - First Round
Santa Clara 1, Michigan State 0

MSU made its second consecutive NCAA College Cup appearance, taking on fourth-seeded Santa Clara in Santa Clara, Calif. The two teams were scoreless through 90 minutes before the Broncos scored 1:08 into the extra session to win the game.

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