Spartans Topped by No. 24 Penn State

Spartans Topped by No. 24 Penn State

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State women’s soccer fought to a 2-1 final score against Penn State on Sunday afternoon in the regular-season finale. The Spartans also celebrated the team’s eight graduating seniors this afternoon on Senior Day.

MSU ends the regular season with a 10-4-3 mark, going 5-4-1 in the Big Ten conference. Information on schedules and seeding for the 2021 Big Ten Tournament will be announced at the conclusion of all of today’s league matches. 

Despite being outshot 5-1 early on by the Nittany Lions, Michigan State came up with the first goal of the game in the 38th minute. After Samantha White dropped a free kick into the Penn State box, Ava Cook sent a header off to Camryn Evans, who struck past two Lions defenders and sent a goal into the back right corner of the net. 

Michigan State took a 1-0 advantage into halftime. Penn State led seven shots to three at the half with one goal allowed. MSU goalkeeper Lauren Kozal totaled three saves. 

The Spartans kept the 1-0 lead through most of the second half but struggled with Penn State’s advantage in possession. The Nittany Lions were finally able to capitalize on that posession and came up with the equalizer in the 78th minute. An unfortunate five minutes later the visiting team scored again to pull ahead 2-1. Both goals were headers at the front of the box. 

The match ended with 13 total shots from Penn State and six by the Spartans, three in each half. Evans led with three shot attempts while Bella Jodzis had two. Kozal recorded five total saves. 

The Spartans will wait to hear announcements from the league on host locations and further information on the Big Ten Tournament. Keep up with msuspartans.com for updates. 

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