Soccer loses to Spartans 2-0

Eastern Michigan’s forard Bianca Rossi, left, kicks the ball with Michigan State’s freshman midfielder Sarah Kovan running next to her on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012 at DeMartin Stadium in East Lansing, Mich. The Spartans defeated the Eastern Michigan Eagles 2-0. James Ristau/The State News

The Eastern Michigan University women’s soccer team two-game winning streak came to a sudden end Sunday afternoon with a 2-0 loss to the Michigan State Spartans in East Lansing.

The first period saw both the Eagles and the Spartans taking numerous chances at the net. All of the shots were unsuccessful as the first half came to a close with the teams deadlocked at 0-0 going into the next period.

The Spartans wasted no time in the second period as they took the lead with a goal from Olivia Stander, who was assisted by Annie Steinlage and Allyson Krause, at 67:02.

“I knew that I have been getting the opportunities for myself, the ball just wasn’t bouncing my way,” Stander told an MSU reporter. “I knew that if I kept working hard, eventually it would. And today it did.”

The Spartans’ substitute player Chelsea Peterson scored at 70:25, assisted by Stander and Alexandra Heffron, to give the Spartans a commanding 2-0 lead on the Eagles.

EMU had a goal called back in the seventieth minute due to an offside call, but the Eagles continued to push the ball to try and make a shot.

Unfortunately, with four shot attempts in the last 15 minutes of regulation, time ran out on Eastern Michigan and they could not muster a last-second rally before the game ended.

Freshmen Jenna O’Dell had nine saves on 11 shots on goal for the
Eagles, while Courtney Clem saved all six of her shots on goal for the Spartans. After the game, MSU head coach Tom Saxton applauded Clem for her goalkeeping skills and her ability to anticipate the ball.

The Eagles had eight shots compared to the Spartan’s 17 and fall to 3-3-1 on the season, with the Spartans moving to 5-1-1.

EMU’s final non-conference game is Thursday, Sept. 13, when the Eagles travel to begin the quest for a brand new winning streak against the University of Detroit Mercy team, which is on a four-game losing streak that includes three losses and a tie.

The game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.

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