After getting off to its best start in school history with a 2-1 win at Iowa on Friday, the MSU womens soccer team found itself on the other side of that score in Illinois on Sunday.
The Spartans continued to see great play from their freshman class, however. After scoring a goal at the 7:05 mark in the first half, freshman midfielder Tiffany Laskowski needed an overtime period to put the Hawkeyes away with her game-winning goal.
Freshman defender Andrea Sied assisted Laskowski on the first goal while junior defender Nicole LePlae assisted on the overtime goal.
In the second game of the weekend, the Fighting Illini jumped on the Spartans early, firing 18 shots at senior goalkeeper Sara Kloosterman, including two first-half goals.
Kloosterman has made 52 saves on the season, including 12 of 26 Illinois shots. On the other side of the field, the Spartans only managed to whittle off five shots.
MSU continues battle in the Big Ten on the road, playing Sept. 29 vs. Purdue and facing Indiana on Oct. 1 before returning to the friendly confines of Old College Field to play Northwestern on Oct. 6.