The No. 20 MSU women’s soccer team bounced back from a late loss Friday by playing No. 12 Purdue to a 1-1 tie Sunday in West Lafayette, Ind.
Friday, the Spartans (7-1-3 overall, 1-1-1 Big Ten) lost their first game of the season when Indiana’s Carly Samp scored the game’s lone goal at the 89:39 mark. Sunday, they played a team head coach Tom Saxton called “probably the favorite in the league right now.”
“We were very disappointed after the Indiana loss,” Saxton said. “I think (the Hoosiers) probably outplayed us, but they scored very late in the game so we had to do a lot of regrouping on Saturday, and I was very proud of the way we responded against one of the best teams in the conference.”
The Boilermakers (7-2-3, 2-0-2) jumped on the Spartans early when Sylvia Forbes scored the game’s first goal at the 18:39 minute mark on a header off a free kick from the right side.
MSU answered less than five minutes into the second half when sophomore midfielder Hannah Peterson scored her first goal of the season on a shot from just inside the penalty box to the top of the net.
After making a career-high 12 saves against Indiana, sophomore goalkeeper Jill Flietstra turned in another solid game with eight saves. Overall, the Boilermakers outshot the Spartans 31-14, but Saxton came away happy with the weekend outcome.
“We left a few out there and we had some breakaways near the end that we could have capitalized on, yet as we talked off the field I think all of us felt pretty good,” he said.
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