The No. 18-ranked Spartan field hockey team remained in East Lansing on Friday to face off against No. 6-ranked Penn State. The Spartans fell to the Lions 3-2 in overtime.
Penn State scored early in the game, but MSU fought its way back with nearly 13 minutes left in the first period. Junior forward Jessica Wheeler evened the score on a penalty-corner tap and freshman midfielder Alexandra Kyser also scored for MSU, leading the Spartans into the half, 2-1.
MSU saw its lead diminish to a tie with a close goal from Penn State forward Maegan Galie, forcing the showdown into overtime, where the Spartans lost after Galie scored a second time with 6:27 remaining.
Action continued Sunday when MSU challenged No. 19-ranked Kent State.
Kent State led the entire game, with key goals from midfielders Arlette van Cleeff, Meagan Class and Els Brouwer and forward Kristen Johnson.
The lone goal for the Spartans was tipped in by junior forward Bridget Cooper with 46 seconds left in the game. Sophomore midfielder Julia Adams assisted.
With the 4-1 loss to Kent State, MSUs record falls to 6-5. The Spartans travel to Missouri to face St. Louis on Thursday.
After the first round of the Illinois Northern Intercollegiate in Champaign, Ill., the MSU mens golf team is tied for eighth place with Ohio State. The Spartans collectively fired a 301 in the first flight of the matchup.
Junior Nathan Clark leads the Spartans, shooting a 1-over-par 73. Sophomores John Koskinen and Lorne Don and senior Brent Goik all shot first-round scores of 76, and senior Dennis Riedel fired an 81.
The tournament was delayed because of darkness, but resumed at 8:15 a.m. Sunday to play the second, third and final rounds.
After the second round at the Minnesota Lady Northern Golf Invitational, MSU women golfers are holding their own with a seventh-place standing.
The Spartans shot a 619 in the second round. Ohio State holds first place with a collective score of 608.
Senior Kasey Gant leads the Spartans with an overall score of 151 and junior Emily Bastel is a close second, with a two-round score of 153.
The final round was slated for 9 a.m. Sunday.
The MSU womens soccer team rounded out a four-game road stretch this weekend with a 2-1 loss to Purdue on Friday and a 0-0 tie with Indiana on Sunday.
After trailing Purdue 2-0 going into the half, freshman defender Andrea Sied scored the only goal of the weekend for MSU off a penalty kick at the 49:14 mark of the game.
MSU head coach Tom Saxton said the Indiana game was a hard-fought battle.
(We were) pleased with the teams performance (versus Indiana) but not with the result, Saxton said. But getting a tie on the road in the Big Ten is certainly a lot better than a loss.
The Spartans finally get a chance to play at home this weekend when they take on Northwestern on Friday, but are back on the road Sunday when they travel to Ann Arbor to play Michigan.