Spartans play to a scoreless tie with Oakland
EAST LANSING, Michigan – Michigan State women’s soccer saw a late opportunity to lift the lid on a defender’s leg, and the Spartans earned a scoreless tie against the Oakland Golden Grizzlies on Thursday night at DeMartin Stadium.
The tie brings MSU’s overall season record to 4-1-2 in the first seven contests of the season, while Oakland scores its third tie of the year and moves to 3-1-3. Michigan State recorded its fifth complete shutout of the season, and its first since the team’s Senior Day win over Binghamton on Aug. 28.
In the box score, freshman midfielder Courtney Koehler led the way with three shot attempts, while the senior defender Bria Schrotenboer and first-year midfielder Emerson Sargeant were the only Spartans to book penalty kicks with one each. Senior striker Lauren DeBeau had another record season in playing time with 77 minutes of action.
Both teams struggled to get things going early on, with MSU building up a narrow 2-1 advantage in shot attempts in the first 22 minutes of the contest. The Greens and Whites spent much of the first half building up a dominant margin from the corner kicks, but the Spartans remained in search of their first score. Aggressive play by a Golden Grizzly defender resulted in an MSU free kick by a graduate defender Ruby Diodati, but his forceful attempt flew over the post in the 34th minute. The two teams battled for the rest of the period but returned to the locker room scoreless.
After the break, the Spartans remained dominant defensively but struggled to register solid scoring opportunities on the other side. First-year midfielder Emerson Sargent recorded the first Spartan shot on target in the 74th minute, with his attempt quickly saved by the keeper. MSU saw its best scoring opportunity of the night on a Diodati corner. The defender’s pass sailed into the goal area and found Schrotenboer, whose header raced into the center of the net to be saved by Golden Grizzly outfielder Sami Lopez.
Main caretaker Lauren Kozal was once again the goal for the Greens and Whites, picking up his seventh start in as many games while also booking his fifth shutout of the season. Noemi Stadelmann watched over the Oakland net until the 66th minute and joined Kozal for the tying decision. Hayley Lindow went the rest of the way for the Golden Grizzlies and collected just one save in 24 minutes on the job.
MICHIGAN STATE QUOTES
The head coach Jeff Hosler
On the team’s performance on Thursday night…
“There was a lack of attention to detail and effort in practice yesterday. For everything we did so well against Arkansas on Sunday, I think we really regressed today with our effort and our execution. In attack, I think we looked like we did on our first display. We hit the first defender too many times and were too slow to get the ball off our feet. We didn’t served dangerous balls. We were credited with 15 shots and only two of them found a frame. With the exception of the corner Bria received with a header, I would struggle to find a really good attacking moment for us. There was a general lack of urgency from our group today. Oakland is a really good team; they’re really organized. They’re doing a good job sitting in that mid to low block, and when we broke that first line, we didn’t create enough.
Michigan State Women’s Soccer remains at home for its final non-conference game, as the Spartans host the 19th-ranked Colorado Buffaloes at DeMartin Stadium for a game at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11.
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