Thursday, February 27, 2020

MSU women's soccer fall in first Big Ten matchup

September 15, 2017
Senior Jaime Cheslik takes a shot in Thursday's 1-0 loss to Indiana. Photo courtesy of Matt Mitchell MSU Athletic Communications
Senior Jaime Cheslik takes a shot in Thursday's 1-0 loss to Indiana. Photo courtesy of Matt Mitchell MSU Athletic Communications —

The women’s soccer team took their first lost in the Big Ten Conference after facing Indiana University with a score of 1-0. The team’s overall record becomes 4-4-0 with their second straight loss. 

Indiana kept the Spartan defense on their toes throughout the game with their shots while sophomore defense Madison VanDyke cleared the ball helping redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Reilley Ott. 

“I thought it was a great college soccer game,” head coach Tom Saxton said. “I thought we had a shaky first 15 minutes and created the goal ... so we have to tighten that up a little bit.” 

With no goals scored for the Spartans, senior captain forward Jamie Cheslik took a total of 11 shots during the game not to find a single goal. 

“I think we just need to commit when we have our chances,” Cheslik said. “A lot of times the ball is rolling across the box and we need to get numbers up and finish our chances when we have them.”

The number one struggle that they felt needed work on is scoring. Saxton felt that if his team could have scored one goal, then they could of scored even more to advance their lead. 

“I think we just need to come out ready these next two days. Work hard and get ready for the game coming up,” Cheslik said.

The team looks to face another Big Ten matchup with Purdue at 1 p.m. on Sunday at DeMartin Stadium to gain their first win in the conference this season. 

The team will focus on two things before heading into the next match, early possession and working in front of the goal. These according to Saxton will make their team better without giving up the ball too easily. 

“We’ll regroup and be ready to go on Sunday,” Saxton said. “I know they’ll bounce back.”

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