The MSU women’s soccer team saw their first overtime periods of the season Friday, after neither the Spartans (3-2-1) nor the DePaul Blue Demons (3-2-2) could break through for a goal, ending in a scoreless draw.
Going into extra time, neither team could record a score and the statistics were almost identical MSU with 12 shots and DePaul with 9.
The Spartans had several chances to send DePaul home with a loss — including 2 shots off the post— the they were unable to break through and win. When the clock hit the 110th minute, the game ended in a 0-0 draw.
“I will not fault our effort, especially in the two overtimes,” MSU head coach Tom Saxton said. “We started to play a little crisper, move the ball better. It was one of those games in our sport where we just couldn’t crack the seal. A lot of that is credited to DePaul’s committed defending in their area.”
The Spartans offensive effort was excellent in the overtime periods, pushing their defensive line forward and getting off eight good shots, Saxton said, but the Blue Demons defense still wouldn’t crack.
Senior midfielder and co-captain Cara Freeman said the team is not hanging their heads after the tie, but they are certainly not happy either.
“We’re moving forward as a team (and) you can’t fault our effort, we put 20 shots on goal and hit the crossbar three times,” Freeman said. “That should’ve been a (win) for us without a doubt.”
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